No award nominations for Leonardo DiCaprio.
AS THE Academy Awards ceremony is almost upon us - Monday, February 25, Australian time - it's worth remembering that filmmakers without Oscars are in very good company.
Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Federico Fellini are among the legendary directors who have not won an Academy Award.
Cary Grant, James Mason, Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe are among the many who never collected a gold statuette, with an honourable mention to eight-times-unlucky Peter O'Toole.
Rachel Weisz missed out for The Deep Blue Sea.
So are there any notable oversights in this year's Oscar line-up? Of the films that have been completely overlooked, Terence Davies' adaptation of a Terence Rattigan play, The Deep Blue Sea is a surprising omission, as is its star Rachel Weisz. John Hawkes is unlucky to have missed out on a best actor nomination for The Sessions.
The Master is not among the contenders for best picture, even though it has been nominated in three acting categories, and it's puzzling that its director, Paul Thomas Anderson, was overlooked.
It's bewildering that Kathryn Bigelow has not been nominated as best director for Zero Dark Thirty, which was included among the nine best picture nominations - if any of this year's contenders is a director's work, this is.
The academy recently expanded its best picture category after The Dark Knight failed to get a nomination, so that up to 10 films can now be nominated.
The desire to increase the numbers, so that more popular movies can be contenders, is believed to be in part driven by the wish for higher TV ratings for the ceremony itself.
Yet the larger field doesn't feel more open this year. A critical and box office hit like The Avengers has been ignored, apart from a single visual effects nod. And Skyfall was widely thought to be a chance for a best picture nomination - the first for a Bond film - although no one could have expected it to win. Leonardo DiCaprio - three nominations, no Oscar - misses out on a nomination for best supporting actor in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, as did Samuel L. Jackson (one previous nomination) in the same movie. They both did sterling, unnerving work as thoroughly reprehensible characters.
A Django actor did get a nod, Christoph Waltz, playing a far more sympathetic role. (He already has an Oscar, for Inglourious Basterds.)
The French, who chose the popular comedy The Intouchables as their entrant for best foreign film, rather than more highly regarded arthouse fare such as Holy Motors or Rust And Bone, found that their strategy backfired: it didn't make the final cut.
Meanwhile Amour, Austria's entry, is up for five awards, including best actress, best director and best picture.