What Were the Biggest Snubs of the 2013 Oscar Nominations?

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Going into the 2013 Academy Awards nomination ceremony, the consensus based on generally trustworthy Oscars predictors like the Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America, and the Critics' Choice Award nominations put Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' and Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' as the two Oscar frontrunners with 'Les Miserables,' 'Argo,' and 'Silver Linings Playbook' in pursuit.

The Academy had other plans and delivered a hearty blow to 'Zero Dark Thirty' by shutting out Bigelow in the Best Director race. In the history of the Academy Awards, there have only been three instances of a film winning Best Picture without its director taking the title for Best Director, which doesn't bode well for one of the most acclaimed films of 2012.

It appears Bigelow, who upset James Cameron (her ex-husband) and his 3-D blockbuster monolith 'Avatar' by winning Best Director and Best Picture for 'The Hurt Locker,' was shut out by the Academy due to a political smear campaign against the brilliant film because of bone-headed claims of 'Zero Dark Thirty' being "pro-torture."