2. ZERO REPEAT CHANCE FOR KATHRYN BIGELOW
After winning Best Director for "The Hurt Locker" at the 2010 ceremony, Kathryn Bigelow returned this winter with "Zero Dark Thirty," the tale of Osama bin Laden's capture that has been hailed as one of the best films of the year. Like Affleck, who has also earned nominations in nearly every other awards competition this year, Bigelow was somehow left out of the Best Director category -- which is even more surprising than the "Argo" snub given the scope of the film and the expectations with which Bigelow was saddled following her "Hurt Locker" triumph. While "Zero Dark Thirty" still has a chance to take home the main award, Bigelow's omission is bordering on indefensible.