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Oscar nominations: Ben Affleck, Chris Nolan among those left off the list

January 25, 2011 |  7:03 am

The town
This year's two heist movies, one of the mind, one of the cash, were robbed of Oscar nominations for their respective directors. Ben Affleck missed a nomination for "The Town," and his Boston-set heist film was also omitted from the Top 10 list. In fact, the film, which grossed more than $92 million at the box office, received only one nomination -- for supporting actor Jeremy Renner. In contrast, Christopher Nolan's "Inception" tracked down eight nominations, but Nolan was not honored for his directing efforts.

Rather, the academy chose Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," David O. Russell for "The Fighter," Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech," David Fincher for "The Social Network" and Joel and Ethan Coen for "True Grit."

In the acting category, the biggest snub probably belonged to Andrew Garfield, who was left off the supporting actor list in favor of John Hawkes of "Winter's Bone." And in the acting category, Ryan Gosling's performance in "Blue Valentine" was ignored by the Academy in favor of Javier Bardem, who received a nomination for "Biutiful."

-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Jon Hamm in "The Town." Credit: Warner Bros.