Perhaps it also had something to do with the omission of Albert Brooks, who was overlooked for his "Drive" performance and didn't let the occasion go unnoticed. "And to the Academy: "You don't like me. You really don't like me," Brooks wrote on Twitter.
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A few other announcements elicited reactions from the crowd, proving this morning's list was not entirely as expected. Rooney Mara, a dark horse in the race, was nominated for best actress, which created a surprised murmur in the room (largely from journalists covering the nominations). The room also gasped at the nomination of Melissa McCarthy for best supporting actress for "Bridesmaids," perhaps since she was previously snubbed at the Golden Globes. The loudest cheers of the morning came for nominations garnered by "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," with their nods for best film and Max von Sydow as best supporting actor.
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