Also passed over by the academy in the nominations: Michael Keaton for supporting actor, “Carol” and “The Hateful Eight” for best picture/director.

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Todd Haynes, where are you? Idris Elba, we hardly knew ye. Michael Keaton? Ridley Scott? Helen Mirren? The Oscar nominations, announced Thursday morning, brought a handful of surprises — and, as usual, a hearty helping of snubs. Let the hand-wringing begin!

With only eight films nominated for best picture (the rules allow a slate of up to 10), plenty of producers are wondering why their on-the-bubble film didn’t make it to that final list. Haynes’ elegant 1950s lesbian romance “Carol,” at the top of many critics’ year-end list, was a shocker in its absence, as was Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” the box-office hits “Straight Outta Compton” and “Creed,” and the beloved Pixar film “Inside Out.” (All of these films received nominations, but not in the main category.)

As for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” it will have to be content with five technical nominations and a galaxy full of money.

Among the acting categories, there’ll be plenty of discussion about 2016 being the second year in a row without a single person of color among the nominees. (The problem’s on a higher level: More movies with diverse casts, and diverse stories, need to get made — and watched.) Elba, in “Beasts of No Nation,” seemed to have a good shot (and received a SAG nomination, for supporting), but the votes weren’t there. Some wondered if Michael B. Jordan, the charismatic star of “Creed,” might score his first nomination; I suspect Oscar will find him eventually, but not this year.

Academy voters seemed to have bought into the absurd category fraud that placed Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) and Rooney Mara (“Carol”) in supporting actress — terrific performances, but if those aren’t lead roles, I’m the Dowager Countess of Grantham — and left no room for Mirren (“Trumbo”), Jane Fonda (“Youth”), or Kristen Stewart (who was terrific in “Clouds of Sils Maria”).

Of the stellar ensemble cast of “Spotlight,” only Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams were nominated; Michael Keaton, a best-actor nominee last year, was notably left out. And 9-year-old Jacob Tremblay, the wondrous soul of “Room,” woke up disappointed: Lots of love for the film — four major nominations — but not for him.

Speaking of “Room,” director Lenny Abrahamson’s surprise presence on the director slate may well have bumped off Haynes — or Scott, whose “The Martian” scored seven nominations. In the always crowded screenplay categories, there wasn’t room for Aaron Sorkin’s dense, thoughtful script for “Steve Jobs.” And, on the opposite end of the talky scale, “The Revenant,” despite being nominated for everything under the sun, didn’t get a screenplay nomination. (Well, it is mostly grunting.)

Perhaps the year’s most-buzzed-about documentary, Alec Gibney’s Scientology expose “Going Clear,” didn’t make the final documentary list. Other high-profile docs not making the final cut in that category were Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” and David Guggenheim “He Named Me Malala.”

The Academy Awards ceremony will take place Sunday, Feb. 28 (televised on ABC, beginning at 4 p.m. Pacific), by which time many of these snubs will be forgotten. Or maybe not.