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Oscar nominations were announced this morning with There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men leading with 8 nominations apiece. But what were the surprises and snubs. . .

Well, it’s clear the Academy has no love for Into the Wild. Only scoring two nominations, the film has been hot and cold during awards season, but many expected it to gain at least a Best Director nod for Sean Penn. Maybe another year?

While the Academy may not love Into the Wild, they sure do love Cate Blanchett who was nominated twice: Best Actress for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Best Supporting Actress for I’m Not There. The nod for There is no surprise, however, her inclusion in the Best Actress field sure is, bumping potential nominees Keira Knightly and Angelina Jolie out of the running. Another surprise in the Best Actress category is Laura Linney, whose work in The Savages has largely been unrecognized this award season.

And kudos to Tommy Lee Jones, who, like Linney, was nominated for a role that has not received much award attention. Jones scored a nod for Best Actor for his work in In the Valley of Elah.

Although Atonement earned a very nice 7 nominations, Director Joe Wright was left out in the cold. Suddenly Atonement’s stock has severely fallen.

On another note:

Congratulations to women screenwriters! For the first time, 4 women have been nominated for their work in the screenplay categories.

Congratulations to Once! The indie musical managed to score a nod for its hauntingly poetic song, “Falling Slowly.” Does anyone else think it’s odd that Enchantment scored more nods than Into the Wild? Or that Norbit actually is on the list for Best Makeup? So Norbit can potentially be deemed an Oscar winning movie. Just saying. . .