Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts and Jacki Weaver are off to the Oscars, but Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban won't be enjoying a dream double date.
The nomination ceremony for the 85th Academy Awards was full of surprise nominations and shock snubs, with Weaver continuing her late-blooming love affair with Hollywood while Kidman and Urban were left out in the cold.
Weaver, a 100-to-1 chance a day ago in the supporting actress category for her role as the mother of a bipolar sufferer in Silver Linings Playbook, likely squeezed Kidman, for The Paperboy, out of the nomination.
A couple of years ago, Weaver was virtually unknown in Hollywood, but with Thursday's nomination the 65-year-old has two invites to the Academy Awards the past three years following 2011's nod in the supporting category for Animal Kingdom.
She is now an experienced Oscar campaigner.
"I've already thought new dress and new shoes," Weaver, who failed to score a Golden Globe or Screen Actors Guild nomination, told USA Today.
"I'll probably stop eating dessert for a few weeks."
Weaver is pitted against short-priced favourite Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Sally Field (Lincoln), Helen Hunt (The Sessions) and Amy Adams (The Master).
Another Aussie celebrating is Rick Findlater, part of the make-up and hairstyling team on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Urban was in the running in the original song category for For You, featured in the action film Act of Valor, but British diva Adele's song, Skyfall, from the latest James Bond blockbuster, along with Oscar host Seth MacFarlane's song, Everybody Needs a Best Friend, from the comedy Ted and Les Miserables', were triumphant.
It was no surprise Jackman and Watts were nominated.
Jackman, for his singing and acting role as prisoner turned hero in the French revolution musical, Les Mis, is the second favourite for best actor, with two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, who transforms into Civil War hero and the 16th President of the US Abraham Lincoln in the biopic, Lincoln, the runaway pick with bookmakers.
Bradley Cooper could also be a threat to Jackman and Day-Lewis, riding high on obvious love of Silver Linings Playbook by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Silver Linings surprised with eight nominations, including Jennifer Lawrence (best actress), Robert De Niro (supporting actor), Weaver, best picture, editing and David O'Russell picking up directing and adapted screenplay nominations.
Lincoln topped the overall nomination list with 12.
Ang Lee's Life of Pi tallied 11, with Les Mis disappointing with only eight nominations.
Les Mis was expected to pick up more than 10, but with director Tom Hooper one of the biggest snubs, a significant section of academy voters were apparently not fans of the musical.
The best actress Oscar race is between Watts, for her portrayal of a tsunami survivor in The Impossible, Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) and Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
"I am so thrilled and humbled with this morning's wonderful news," Watts said.
"The journey of telling Maria Belon's miraculous story of survival has been an incredible experience and I am so grateful for this acknowledgment of our film.
"I am truly honoured."
The Academy Awards ceremony will be held on February 24 (1230 AEDT on February 25).
Aussies who were in the running but received an academy cold shoulder included: Russell Crowe (Les Miserables), Greig Fraser (cinematography - Zero Dark Thirty); Kym Barrett (costume - Cloud Atlas and The Amazing Spider-Man); Joe Farrell (visual effects - The Amazing Spider-Man); Grant Hill (best picture - Cloud Atlas); Lee Smith (editing - The Dark Knight Rises); Ben Lewin (director - The Sessions); and Andrew Lesnie (cinematography - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey).