It’s that time of year again! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced the 86th annual Oscar noms this Thursday morning. So did your faves make the cut? Although some big players were present — think American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street — some others were pretty much snubbed.

Amongst the pack that didn’t receive any praise from the Academy was Oprah Winfrey for The Butler, which didn’t receive a single Oscar nod. EW Morning Live host Dalton Ross explained that despite Oprah doing an amazing job acting-wise, other films simply made a bigger impact.

“I think The Butler was not The Help,” Ross said. “It was a little bit messy in it’s story telling. I just think that there where better films that came along later in the year that upstaged it.”

Another shocker? Tom Hanks’ role in Captain Phillips not being mentioned. Oscar expert Anthony Breznican explained how A-list actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale pushed Tom Hanks and Robert Redford (for his role in All is Lost) out of the game. Directors like Paul Greengrass also didn’t receive any Oscar love because, as Breznican explained it, the Academy tends to give more praise to less well-known filmmakers.

“Best Actor was the toughest category. There was an argument there that they should have had six or seven nominees based on the number of strong performances,” Breznican said. “There are 377 voters in the director’s branch of the Academy and they tend to skew towards smaller, more intimate films. The last couple of years they looked over Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow, those type of people, who did very efficient action directing.”

So who are the frontrunners this time around? Cate Blanchett stands out for snagging the Best Actress title for her role in Blue Jasmine and American Hustle has a nominee in each of the four acting categories.This seems like an Oscar streak for director David O. Russell as he has picked up 11 acting noms in just his past 3 flicks (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter and now, American Hustle).

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