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Alison Schwartz
January 24, 2012 12:55 PM

Veteran movie stars Brad Pitt and George Clooney made the cut. So did funny girl Melissa McCarthy, along with fresher faces like Rooney Mara and Jean Dujardin. But, as usual, not everyone was recognized by the Academy Awards when the nominations were announced Tuesday morning.

In fact, some leading men who seemed a shoo-in for a gold statue were snubbed from the Best Actor category: Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Although the role earned him a Golden Globe Awards nomination, Fassbender’s provocative role as a sex addict for Shame did not secure him a spot on the list. Also left out: Gosling, who was a double-nominee at the Globes for his roles in Crazy, Stupid, Love and The Ides of March (for which Clooney is nominated for Adapted Screenplay).

No stranger to snubs, DiCaprio didn’t receive recognition for his work in the J. Edgar biopic, although he might get a little redemption at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

With Clooney (The Descendants), Pitt (Moneyball), Demién Bichir (A Better Life), Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) preparing to face off on Feb. 26 for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, airing live from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre on ABC at 7 p.m., tell us: Which leading man should have gotten an Oscar nod?

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