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Director *Quentin Tarantino *is disappointed his Django Unchained star *Leonardo DiCaprio *has * *missed out on a nomination at this year's Academy Awards.

The filmmaker's acclaimed Western flick is up for trophies in five categories, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, but Tarantino, pictured, admits he was surprised DiCaprio was overlooked for a top acting nod.

"It's pretty cool, I'm still taking it in. We spent a lot of money on the movie so we hoped it would do well," he told Britain's Daily Express newspaper.

"It was a pretty good week: five BAFTA nominations ... four Oscar noms ... it was lovely. I'm sorry Leo didn't get nominated," he went on to say.

Although Tarantino was snubbed in the Best Director category, he was more surprised fellow filmmaker *Ben Affleck *wasn't recognised for his acclaimed thriller Argo.

"I feel sorry for Ben Affleck. He really deserved it and I think everybody thought he was going to get it, so I'm disappointed for him," Tarantino said.

Django Unchained also picked up nominations for Best Supporting Actor ( *Christoph Waltz *), as well as Cinematography and Sound Editing mentions.