The Kids Are All Right, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Jordan Horowitz, Gary Gilbert, Annette Bening, writer Lisa Cholodenko, writer Stuart Blumberg, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gabriel Basso

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After Mark Ruffalo gave us our favorite highlight from the Golden Globes by sneeringly suggesting that the Academy "grow a pair," we were hopeful LIsa Cholodenko's genius work behind The Kids Are All Right would get some much-deserved director recognition!

Did we pass on the boys' club too soon, or what?

Don't get us wrong, we're über-giddy the flick itself made the Academy's cut for Best Picture, but what's breaking our hearts is that the Oscar definitely won't go to...

A director whose pic was nominated for Best Picture!

Ancient as it may be for some of you youngsters, let us remember in '89 when groundbreaking movie Driving Miss Daisy went on to win Best Picture, but director Bruce Bereford wasn't even nominated for his stellar work.

This award faux pas then led Billy Crystal to jokingly dub the amazing flick "the movie that directed itself." Ha, now we see where Ruffalo got his lovely cynical digs from!

Looks like The Kids Are All Right could be the sequel to that box-office BS. True, The Social Network and The King's Speech are practical shoe-ins for Best Pic, but Cholodenko's underdog is unconventional and conjures up a poignant reality: gay parents struggling to be normal families, which society rarely agrees to let them be. And it has a shot.

Kids is not so dissimilar in the vibrant but ultimately politically incorrect type of messaging that won Kathryn Bigelow her Oscar last year for The Hurt Locker.

Clearly, we're back to less cerebral, flashier boys'-club-only director nods this year. We could puke.

But it's sorta all right, for now: Ruffalo still landed a nom for Best Supporting Actor and made sure to mention the female that made the flick happen. Yes, the director! Guess the Academy didn't hold anything against him, just her!

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