Oscars show love for George Clooney and Woody Allen, while 'Harry Potter' and dark themes get the shaft
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Winner: Stephen Daldry
No, he didn't get a Best Director nod for "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," but who would have expected it given the many scathing reviews for the movie? The fact that the film scored a Best Picture nod as well as the legendary Max Von Sydow's second Academy Award nomination (how is that possible?) should be excitement enough for the "Billy Elliot" director.