As is the case every year, the announcement of the Oscar nominees came with several squeals and numerous head-scratches. We are covering this year's snubs in a separate feature (and even a standalone column, because c'mon Academy, you are OK leaving Amy Adams out of the Best Actress race?!). But here, it's all about the surprises -- most of the positive, yet one or two of them that come with a shrug and a genuine, "Huh?"

I know that the biggest surprise of the morning has to be our first one, because it now means that David Ayer's much-derided super-villain team up, Suicide Squad, has the distinction of calling itself an Oscar-nominated film.

Suicide Squad, Makeup and Hairstyling

Yes, it's in the category of Makeup and Hairstyling, a below-the-line group that tends to recognize blockbuster fare. And yes, the creations of Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, Enchantress, The Joker and more deserve some recognition. But the biggest shock has to be that from here on out, Suicide Squad has an Oscar nomination under its gaudy, bedazzled DCEU belt, and I doubt anyone suspected that as an option heading into this Awards season.

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