7. JOAQUIN PHOENIX BASHES OSCARS, THEN GETS NOMINATED
The major surprise in the Best Actor category was the inclusion of "The Master's" Joaquin Phoenix, who told Interview magazine in October that the concept of the Oscars was "total, utter bullshit," and "the stupidest thing in the whole world." Well, get ready to feel stupid, Joaquin, because you'll be competing against Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper! Phoenix's surprise addition came at the expense of presumed nominee John Hawkes, who was previously nominated for "Winter's Bone" but got dismissed for his work in "The Sessions" this year.