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The 13 Most Surprising Stories From The Oscar Nominations


Ben Affleck

On Thursday, Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone arose at 5:30 AM to announce who made 2013's list of Oscar contenders.

As the comedic pair read the nominees, we couldn't help but notice the A-list names that were left out of this year's top honors in film.

Somewhere in Hollywood, Ben Affleck probably reacted like this when he wasn't nominated for Best Director for his passion project, "Argo" — although the film did get a Best Picture nod.

But Affleck was in good company, as many top Hollywood talents were also majorly snubbed by the Academy, while Steven Spielberg was celebrated.

"Lincoln" gets lots of love and leads with 12 nominations.

With 12 nods, "Lincoln" leads the pack with the most nominations of any film.

Steven Spielberg was nominated for Best Director, Daniel Day-Lewis for Performance by an actor in a leading role, Tommy Lee Jones for Performance by an actor in a supporting role AND Sally Field for Performance by an actress in a supporting role.

Not to mention, a Best Picture nomination.

The film also got nods for excellence in Cinematography, Costume design, Film editing, Original score, Production design, Sound mixing and Adapted screenplay.

"Life of Pi" comes in second with the most nods.

Ang Lee's 3D adventure "Life of Pi" earned 11 nominations despite taking in only $91.2 million at the box office after costing $120 million to make.

The film was nominated in top categories Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Cinematography, Directing, Film editing, Original score, Original song – “Pi’s Lullaby,” Production design, Sound editing, Sound mixing, Visual effects and Adapted screenplay.

Seth MacFarlane ends the announcement of "Best Supporting Actress" category by saying, "Congrats ladies, you no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein."

Here's how the competition is stacking up:

  • Amy Adams in "The Master."
  • Sally Field in "Lincoln."
  • Anne Hathaway in "Les Misérables."
  • Helen Hunt in "The Sessions."
  • Jacki Weaver in "Silver Linings Playbook."

While Hathaway only appeared in "Les Misérables" for about half of the film, she is an Academy favorite, as she even hosted the awards show in 2011.

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