From Christopher Nolan to Javier Bardem, who made the cut and who was left out?
Oscar Nomination Surprise: Javier Bardem, 'Biutiful'
In this case, "surprise" doesn't mean that Javier Bardem didn't deserve his nomination. Few acting performances in the past decade have been more acclaimed than his work in "Biutiful" and we already knew the "No Country For Old Men" star had fans in the Academy. Still, smart money had that fifth spot going to Ryan Gosling for "Blue Valentine." Did passionate campaigning from Julia Roberts and a slew of high profile critics help Bardem? Or did Oscar viewers just find a way to catch a tormented performance that other awards groups missed?