Surprise Oscar snubs for Skyfall, Tom Hooper and Leonardo DiCaprio

The James Bond franchise may be receiving special recognition at this year's Academy Awards in Hollywood, but it won't be doing so with any of the major awards for latest movie Skyfall.

The 23rd outing for the British super spy was notably absent from today's major nominations, despite the efforts of the film's heavyweight Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes.

The snub comes after the British Academy shortlisted Skyfall in the Outstanding British Film category, while also giving a nod to Javier Bardem and Judi Dench as Best Supporting Actor and Actress. You can see the full list of BAFTA nominations here.

But it wasn't all bad news for 007. Skyfall did receive nominations in the slightly less glamorous categories of Music, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Cinematography. Adele's hit single Skyfall, the theme to the film, was nominated as best song.

Other notable absentees from the Best Director category include Ben Affleck for Argo, Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained and Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty.

British director Tom Hooper failed to secure a nomination for Les Misérables, despite winning the Oscar for The King's Speech in 2011. He also failed to secure nominations at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes.

But he'll likely take some comfort from the fact that his film was nominated in the Best Film category at all three ceremonies.

Regular runner-up Leonardo DiCaprio was also snubbed this year, edged out of a Best Supporting Actor award by his Django Unchained co-star Christoph Waltz.

Leo has been nominated threes times without success, for appearances in Blood Diamond, The Aviator and What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

Austrian movie Amour was a surprise inclusion to the awards, scooping five nominations without the advantage of a big Hollywood budget.

Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis was also nominated for her starring role in Beasts of the Southern Wild. If she wins, she'll be the youngest winner of all time - just beating Tatum O'Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for Paper Moon in 1973 at the age of 10.

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