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The Academy Likes Strong, Depressing, Silent Types

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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YOU WILL BE BORED Favorite Day-Lewis Oh God yes, the Oscar nominations were announced this morning! Our excitement was rewarded with a slew of nods for bleak pics featuring quiet dudes, as No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood each scored eight nominations.

Jon Stewart will host the awards show on February 24, which may or may not be a star-studded event, depending on whether celebs want to cross writers' strike picket lines and attend the ceremony. The possibility that the strike will be over by then is looking more and more like a distant hope.

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After the jump, a partial list of the snooze-worthy nominations, and why they're, well, snooze-worthy ...


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