I'm less surprised that Zero Dark Thirty lost so much as Armour cleaned up as much as it did. Not many foreign films get nominated best picture of the year.
But seriously though, 2012 was an amazing year for movies. In a normal year, there would only be one or two movies of similar caliber to any one of the nominations this year. Still can't believe that Argo won it though.
Also, I was 50/50 on where to place this since Oscar talk is pretty General Discussion category but Anime, TV, and Movies doesn't get too many new topics either. Either way, mods have the final say on the matter.