'Hugo', 'The Help', and 'The Descendants' were all multiple Academy Award nominees.  But the Hollywood is littered with snubs including Ryan Gosling and Charlize Theron.

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For the movie community, Academy Award nominations can be a game changer, especially for actors and films enjoying attention from other ceremonies like the Golden Globes.  Several Globes and even SAG nominees were left out of the Oscar race, including Ryan Gosling whom many speculated could be a double nominee for his roles in 'The Ides of March' and 'Drive'.  The same fate befell 'Young Adult's Charlize Theron who critics said turned in one of the strongest performances of her career and of 2011.

While the comedy blockbuster 'Bridesmaids' scored a coveted Best Original Screenplay nod (and a Best Supporting Actress nom for Melissa McCarthy) it was left out of Best Picture contention even though it was nominated in film of the year categories at by the Hollywood Foreign Press and Screen Actors Guild.

'The Descendants' Shaylene Woodley certainly expected her phone to ring this morning with all the attention her supporting actress role has gotten so far, but the ABC Family Channel actress' big screen leap didn't make the Oscar ballot.

Obvious surprise and squeals could be heard when 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' was announced in for Best Picture.  The recently released film based on the attacks on 9/11 did not yield recognition for any of it's actors including Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks.

What film did you see in 2011 that will fail to vie for Oscar gold?  Comment below!

Academy Awards will be handed out on February 26.