The announcement of the 2013 Academy Award nominees for Best Director may have made more news for it's snubs than it nominations.
The category, which may be the most anticipated reveal during Sunday's Oscars, isn't without heavyweights, including Steven Spielberg for "Lincoln" and Ang Lee for "Life of Pi," but the absence of "Argo" director Ben Affleck and "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow left some crying foul.
To add insult to injury, Affleck took home the Directors Guild of America's top honor earlier this month, which usually serves as a barometer for who's likely to win the Oscar for the same category.
"I'm thrilled and honored that the academy nominated me as a producer of the movie," Affleck told the Associated Press. "I know our movie, we're a little bit underdog and a little bit the little engine that could, and you take me out of it maybe helps ... it's just about that picture. I feel like it's OK, I'm really lucky, I'm in a good place."
But instead of Ben it's Behn, as in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" director Benh Zeitlin. And Bigelow was ousted by surprise nominee Michael Haneke for his work on "Amour."
"Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell rounds off the category.