Best Picture - There can be a maximum of 10 nominations, but there were only 9 nominated this year. Your telling me they couldn't include Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Bridesmaids, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and/or The Ides of March? Harry Potter is the biggest snub being it was the best reviewed film of the year by critics and moviegoers. I believe it was snubbed simply because it is a fantasy film based on books that began as children's novels and morphed into beloved books for people of all ages, and because it is a big budget blockbuster. Those rarely get nominated. The Academy tends to like lower budget films and dramas, not major blockbusters and not fantasy/action/comedy/horror, no matter how good those films are. And there is no way The Tree of Life is better than any of the above three films. It's good, but not great.
I'm calling it now: The Dark Knight Rises, no matter how good it will be, will not win Best Picture next year. It might get nominated since people were furious that The Dark Knight wasn't. I honestly don't even know what film won best picture before last year. Many of the films that win best picture end up being forgotten.
Best Animated Feature - The Adventures of TinTin. That's simple. I'm sure I'm not the only one surprised it didn't get a nomination. They nominated two foreign language films that haven't even been released in the States.
Best Supporting Actor - Alan Rickman, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2. His performance was masterful, but we all should have known he would be ignored. I'm sorry, Jonah Hill is great, but his performance in Moneyball was nothing special, and not better than Rickman. To me that nomination is just trying to say, "Look! We're hip!"
Best Actor - Michael Fassbender, Shame. He put in a great performance that has been much talked about, but not at these awards.
I was pleasantly surprised that Melissa McCarthy received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Bridesmaids. She probably won't win since it's a comedy, but I'm glad she was nominated. However, Harry Potter got the big snub of the year. It is the biggest franchise of all time, with this final film being the most critically acclaimed plus making $380 Million in the USA, and it barely got anything, except for art and special effects.