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2013 Oscar nominations snubs and surprises: Zwecker

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In Hollywood Thursday, there were plenty of stars up early anxiously waiting and hoping their names would be called as this year's Oscar nominees.

Under the new Oscar rules, up to ten films can be nominated for best picture and this year academy voters gave the nod to nine movies from 2012.

Leading the pack is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," which snared the most nominations with 12.

Also nominated for Hollywood's top prize were: "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Argo," "Les Miserables," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Life of Pi," and "Amour," which was also nominated for best foreign film as well.

The race for best actor this year is likely going to be a close one between Daniel Day-Lewis for his amazing portrayal of our 16th president in "Lincoln" and the very popular Hugh Jackman for his equally-riveting performance as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables".

Also nominated are Joaquin Phoenix for "The Master," Bradley Cooper for "Silver Linings Playbook" and Denzel Washington for "Flight."

This year's race for best actress could pit the oldest actress ever nominated -- Emmanuelle Riva at age 85 for "Amour"--against the youngest-ever nominee in this category: Quvenzhane Wallis from "Beasts of the Southern Wild." She's now 9 years old, but was 5 years of age when cast in the movie, which happens to be her first film.

Jessica Chastain is also nominated for "Zero Dark Thirty", Naomi Watts for "The Impossible" and Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook."

This year's nominations also included some surprising snubs, especially for some high-profile directors like Ben Affleck, Katheryn Bigelow, Quentin Tarantino and Tom Hooper, who were not nominated for their films "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty", "Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables" -- though their films got best picture nods.

Also, many Hollywood insiders were shocked that John Hawkes was not nominated for his incredible performance in "The Sessions," playing a man in an iron lung looking for love.

But there were some nominations also were somewhat surprising, in a good way.

Robert Deniro got his first Oscar nomination in two decades--part of a total sweep of the major awards for "Silver Linings Playbook"--his supporting actor nomination was paired with one with Jacki Weaver who had played his wife in the film.

Another somewhat surprising nomination was for Joaquin Phoenix for "The Master." Though critically acclaimed for his performance as the troubled young man in the film who comes to hate his mentor, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Phoenix recently called the Oscars "irrelevant." However, the academy voters obviously overlooked that and gave him a nomination anyway,

Of course, on Sunday, February 24th, we'll all find out who gets to take home that golden little man, which are made right here in Chicago at R.J. Owens Trophy Makers.

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