As much as we love to moan how the Oscars are just one night and criticise the clique nature of the whole thing, reminding ourselves whether a film wins or not doesnt define its quality, its hard not to get excited as awards season steams to its climax. Although the ceremony itself is over a month away, now the nominations are revealed rampant speculation can officially begin (or rather continue at fever pitch). All in all the nominations are as expected. Theres the favourites getting into double figures, Best Director and Best Actor categories that almost completely match and a Best Visual Effects nomination for The Hobbit, even though nothing but Smaug looked real. Although on the face of it a bit predictable, taking a lengthy look over the nominations reveals some surprising things. Not everything is as easily guessable as first thought, be it unexpected nominations or big hitters make a small splash. Here are nine things from the Oscar nominations that have taken us all by surprise. But first, something painfully obvious masquerading as a shock.