Can you believe these weren't even up for Oscars? (MARK RALSTON, AFP)

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Every year, the announcement of the Oscar nominations is followed by a frenzied discussion of the actors, filmmakers and craftspeople who failed to find favour with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Fans and analysts seem to have just as much fun protesting notable omissions - like the Academy recognizing "Sideways" with five nominations in 2005, including Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay, while somehow overlooking Paul Giamatti's masterful lead performance - as they do slagging nominees they deem unworthy of recognition.

Of course, this is the same Academy that never managed to acknowledge the existence of the late, great John Cazale, who played Fredo Corleone in the first two "Godfather" films and gave essential performances in "Dog Day Afternoon" and "The Deer Hunter," the latter while battling the cancer that would kill him before the film's release. So maybe not landing a nomination should be viewed as a badge of honour - as it is, we think, in the following cases.