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(Entertainment Weekly) -- Special Oscar snub edition: These 10 entries received zero nominations in categories in which they should have been shoo-ins -- "Walk the Line" gets actor and actress, but no picture? -- but they're winners to us.

1. "Grizzly Man" That Academy documentary voters spurned Werner Herzog's gripping tale of a troubled Timothy Treadwell is simply unbearable.

2. Joan Allen Yes, she was nominated for her steely resolve in ''Nixon,'' ''The Crucible,'' and ''The Contender.'' But what about her boozy resolve in ''The Upside of Anger''?

Review: "The Upside of Anger"external link

3. "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" Bad dialogue can't be fixed with a greenscreen (yet), but the CGI artistry in George Lucas' space opera totally ruled.

4. Jeff Daniels The Academy was dumb and dumber to ignore his fine acting in 1993's ''Gettysburg'' and this year's ''The Squid and the Whale.''

Review: "The Squid and the Whale"external link

5. Mickey Rourke The pretty boy from 1982's ''Diner'' is all but unrecognizable as the misanthropic Marv in ''Sin City,'' but his talent is as obvious as ever.

6. "Walk the Line" Things that Oscar likes, based on this year's Best Picture noms: Great acting? Yup. Well-told stories with dark themes? Sure. Complex characters? Check. Happy endings? Ehh, not so much.

7. James Horner His score for ''The New World'' enriched the filmmaker's vision as much as his last win -- for ''Titanic'' -- enriched his wallet.

8. Shane Black After pioneering a genre with ''Lethal Weapon,'' he wowed everyone but Oscar with his script for ''Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.''

Review: "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang"external link

9. David Cronenberg So what does a supremely talented director with a morbid vision have to do to get a nom? Because helming a mainstream fave like ''A History of Violence'' is obviously not enough.

10. Thandie Newton Her turn as Terrence Howard's vulnerable, violated wife in ''Crash'' was one of the most delicate and courageous of the year. Sure, the movie won, but let's hear it for more of its performances.


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