It's no surprise that every season, award shows completely overlook deserving actors, films or shows, and these glaring omissions don't simply startle fans who want their favorite actors, films and shows to be embraced.
The film is not overly complex, but hits the requisite emotional notes. When you find a group of, often cynical, critics applauding at the end of a screening, you know you've stumbled upon a film whose verve and charm are contagious.
Yes, Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei received acting nominations. But The Wrestler -- one of the fiercest, most moving, most resourceful independent entries of the year -- was shut out in the major categories.