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Demian Bichir
Oscar nominations: snubs, surprises, Muppets
Oscar nominations: snubs, surprises, Muppets

No shock that “Hugo” and “The Artist” dominated this year’s Oscar nominations (for a full list, go here. I even wouldn’t have been surprised if the dog from “The Artist” had scored a nom. But there were quite a few pleasant surprises and head-scratchers Tuesday morning. A rundown: Surprises “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” for Best Picture: The subject matter (Sept. 11) has an unproven movie track record and the reviews ranged from OK to downright awful, but the late-entry drama somehow managed to be among the nine films vying for top honors. Which makes what I have to say next a bit painful. “Bridesmaids”...