Oscar bellwethers did not always live up to that reputation on Tuesday, as some winners of previous awards were shut out in the nominations. That list includes “The Adventures of Tintin” (animation winner at the Globes and PGA); Michael Fassbender, Albert Brooks, Tilda Swinton and Shailene Woodley, all honored by various voting groups; and Madonna, who’d won a Golden Globe for her “W.E.” song.
Other surprise absentees include Steven Spielberg (cited as a producer of “War Horse” but not director), as well as Leonardo DiCaprio (“J. Edgar”) and Charlize Theron (“Young Adult”), whose films ended up with bupkis.
In terms of sheer volume, the omission of Fassbender is as surprising as composer Alexandre Desplat’s lack of a nom. Fassbender starred in four features in 2011, and Desplat scored six films, including best pic nominees “Tree of Life” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”
Stephen Daldry’s unbroken streak — directing noms for each of his first three films — came to an end as “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” got a pic nom but he was an also-ran.
Ryan Gosling’s “Ides of March” perf, which earned him a Globe nom, didn’t get recognized, though the pic got an adapted screenplay nom.
Pics that scored multiple noms Tuesday but were shut out of the best-pic race include “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (five noms), “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (three noms Tuesday, plus 11 BAFTA nominations), “Harry Potter” (three noms), “Bridesmaids” (two) and “The Ides of March” (one).
With nine pics nominated in the top race, four helmers were shut out of the five-man director category: Bennett Miller, Tate Taylor, Daldry and Spielberg.
And the Acad gave the cold shoulder to mo-cap. Despite “Tintin’s” success at the B.O. and elsewhere, it was a notable toon omission, while Fox’s campaign for Andy Serkis’ work in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was also ignored.
In the doc category, the biggest surprise was the no-show for “Project Nim.” That BAFTA nominee made the top of several critics year-end lists. “Buck,” the National Board of Review’s doc of the year, also failed to earn a nom.
Other pics that were part of the season buzz but went away empty-handed include “Coriolanus” (particularly Vanessa Redgrave), “A Dangerous Method,” “50/50,” “Carnage,” “Shame” “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Like Crazy,” “Rampart” (for Woody Harrelson), “Take Shelter” (for Michael Shannon) and “Win Win.”