Lee Daniels is only the second African American director to be nominated for BD at the Oscars (first was John Singleton - yes, Spike Lee has not been nominated). On top of that, the film gets adapted screenplay, a nod for a young actress in her first role and a nod for a talk show personality turned serious supporting character actor. Even if its only tech nod is Editing, it still got editing over Star Trek and Up in the Air.
Does it say something that "the old white guys" gave such special recognition to the tiny film? Especially its director.