Oscar.com Accidentally Spills Who the Surprise Nominees Are

This morning, when the Oscar nominations were announced, the official Oscar site didn’t have some of the nominee bios at the ready. You’d think the folks over at the official Oscar site would prepare all nominee bios before going live with the results, but such was not the case. Where was Meryl? Were Matt Damon and Maggie Gyllenhall total shockers to the site’s editors? Thus begins my Nancy Drew descent into total speculation about something that doesn’t have anything to do with me, complete with screen shots.

1. No Meryl Streep in Best Actress nominee category. Is this because she was the wild card? Presumably not, but perhaps the Academy worried her FYC campaigns for Julie & Julia and It’s Complicated would cancel each other out? If so, Sandra Bullock now has the edge on this one. image

2. No Matt Damon in Best Supporting Actor nominee category. This could have easily gone to Alfred Molina in An Education or The Hurt Locker‘s Anthony Mackie. Bottom line: Damon will be nowhere near Oscar this year. How do you like them apples? image

3. No Maggie Gyllenhaal in Best Supporting Actress nominee category. She was wonderful in Crazy Heart, but with almost no awards season traction, this nomination is one of Oscar’s true shockers. Surely some ABC techie was running around screaming for a headshot of Maggie when the nominations were announced. Mo’Nique will still win this. image

4. No Jason Reitman in Best Directing nominee category. Again, he’s the wild card. Seriously, I’m now beginning to think that they pre-loaded the site with bios of the shoe-ins, and scrambled last minute to get the other guys up there. image

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