The 2012 Academy Award Nominations Have Been Announced

9 Films Compete for 'Best Picture', 'Hugo' Leads the Way with 11 Noms

The nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were just announced here in Hollywood and while a lot of the films that have been getting lots of love at other awards shows also scored Oscar noms, there are a few surprises in this new crop of Academy Award nominations. The Artist, the film getting all of the buzz lately, managed to nab 10 nominations but the Martin Scorsese film Hugo (which has gotten almost NO buzz from the public at all) bested it with 11 nominations — including one for Best Picture. The new Oscar nomination rules that went into effect a few years ago make it possible for anywhere between 5 and 10 films to be nominated for Best Picture … this year, there are 9 films up for the biggest prize — The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life and War Horse. Click below for more about this year’s Oscar noms and find out if your fave films/actors managed to get a nomination this year.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences paid homage Tuesday morning to the early days of cinema by bestowing the lion’s share of Oscar nominations on two films that are valentines to the early days of cinema. “Hugo,” Martin Scorsese’s heartfelt love letter to filmmaking, earned the most nominations with 11, including best picture, best director and best screenplay as well as several technical Oscars. “The Artist,” the low-budget black-and-white silent movie that offers a glimpse of Hollywood during its transition to the “talkies” earned 10 nominations, including nods for best picture, best director, screenplay, actor and supporting actress. George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and Octavia Spencer were among the performers receiving nominations, while “The Descendants” and “Moneyball” also scored best picture nods as the field for the 84th Academy Awards was announced in Beverly Hills. With the nominations, “The Artist” was catapulted to front-runner status even though the black-and-white silent film about Hollywood’s transition to “talkies” has not been widely seen. (It has only made just over $12.1 million at box office.) But it’s stealing the lion’s share of critics awards as well as a Golden Globe for best picture. It earned an extra boost Saturday when it won the Producers Guild Award. The award is one of the more reliable predictors of Oscar gold: Over the last four years, the PGA and the academy have agreed on best picture. Rounding out the nine best picture nominees are “War Horse,” “The Tree of Life,” “Midnight in Paris,” “The Help,” “Hugo,” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” Disappointing comedy fans was the no-show “Bridesmaids,” which some had suggested could win a best picture nod. However, the raunchy girl comedy wasn’t completely shut out. Melissa McCarthy picked up a best supporting actress nomination, and the film received a best original screenplay nomination for “Saturday Night Live” superstar Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo. It was a particularly good morning for buddies Clooney and Pitt. In addition to Clooney’s best actor nod for playing a middle aged father of two in “The Descendants,” he also earned an adapted screenplay nomination for the political thriller, “The Ides of March.” Pitt earned a nomination for lead actor as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Bean in “Moneyball,” he also picked up a nomination as producer of that best picture nominee. Besides Clooney and Pitt, the best actor contenders are Demian Bichir in “A Better Life,” Jean Dujardin in “The Artist” and Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” Vying with Streep, who earns her 17th Oscar nomination as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” are: Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs,” Viola Davis in “The Help,” Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn.” Missing from the best actress list was Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” which had earned her several nominations and wins including the Golden Globe … There were some surprises among the best picture nominees: The 9/11 drama “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” had received mixed reviews, and “The Tree of Life,” Terrence Malick’s non-linear family epic also performed well, picking up a directing nomination for the enigmatic Malick as well as a best picture nod. Perhaps the only sure thing is that the Oscar ceremony is expected to be a lot more entertaining than last year when James Franco and Anne Hathaway misfired as co-hosts. That’s because Billy Crystal and his quick wit are back. The ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre. It is to be aired on ABC.

I have to say, I am extremely disappointed that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross were not nominated for the Best Original Score Oscar for their work on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but it seems like Dragon Tattoo was destined to get the shaft from the Academy just like it’s been getting the shaft from the other awards shows. At least Rooney Mara managed to get a nom (which she won’t win) for her work in Dragon Tattoo.

Here is a list of some of the big Academy Award nominations announced today:

Best Picture

“The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer
“The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer
“The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
“Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
“Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
“Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
“The Tree of Life” Nominees to be determined
“War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Directing

“The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius
“The Descendants” Alexander Payne
“Hugo” Martin Scorsese
“Midnight in Paris” Woody Allen
“The Tree of Life” Terrence Malick

Actor in a Leading Role

Demián Bichir in “A Better Life”
George Clooney in “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”
Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn”
Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte in “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”
Max von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Actress in a Leading Role

Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis in “The Help”
Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain in “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer in “The Help”

Animated Feature Film

“A Cat in Paris” Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
“Chico & Rita” Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
“Kung Fu Panda 2″ Jennifer Yuh Nelson
“Puss in Boots” Chris Miller
“Rango” Gore Verbinski

Foreign Language Film

“Bullhead” Belgium
“Footnote” Israel
“In Darkness” Poland
“Monsieur Lazhar” Canada
“A Separation” Iran

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
“Hugo” Screenplay by John Logan
“The Ides of March” Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
“Moneyball” Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“The Artist” Written by Michel Hazanavicius
“Bridesmaids” Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
“Margin Call” Written by J.C. Chandor
“Midnight in Paris” Written by Woody Allen
“A Separation” Written by Asghar Farhad

Art Direction

“The Artist” Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
“Hugo” Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
“Midnight in Paris” Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
“War Horse” Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

Cinematography

“The Artist” Guillaume Schiffman
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Jeff Cronenweth
“Hugo” Robert Richardson
“The Tree of Life” Emmanuel Lubezki
“War Horse” Janusz Kaminsk

Costume Design

“Anonymous” Lisy Christl
“The Artist” Mark Bridges
“Hugo” Sandy Powell
“Jane Eyre” Michael O’Connor
“W.E.” Arianne Phillips

Documentary (Feature)

“Hell and Back Again” Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Pina” Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
“Undefeated” TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

Documentary (Short Subject)

“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement” Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
“God Is the Bigger Elvis” Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
“Incident in New Baghdad”James Spione
“Saving Face” Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

Film Editing

“The Artist” Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
“The Descendants” Kevin Tent
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
“Hugo” Thelma Schoonmaker
“Moneyball” Christopher Tellefsen

Makeup

“Albert Nobbs” Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
“The Iron Lady” Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Music (Original Score)

“The Adventures of Tintin” John Williams
“The Artist” Ludovic Bource
“Hugo” Howard Shore
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Alberto Iglesias
“War Horse” John Williams

Music (Original Song)

“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio” from “Rio” Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Short Film (Animated)

“Dimanche/Sunday” Patrick Doyon
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
“La Luna” Enrico Casarosa
“A Morning Stroll” Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
“Wild Life” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Short Film (Live Action)

“Pentecost” Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
“Raju” Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
“The Shore” Terry George and Oorlagh George
“Time Freak” Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
“Tuba Atlantic” Hallvar Witzø

Sound Editing

“Drive” Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Ren Klyce
“Hugo” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
“War Horse” Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Sound Mixing

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
“Hugo” Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
“Moneyball” Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
“War Horse” Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
“Hugo” Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
“Real Steel” Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier

And there you have it … the films and folks competing for the biggest film award in the world. My guess is that even tho Hugo got the most noms, The Artist will be the film to beat. What do y’all think of this year’s nominations? Did YOUR faves get noms this year? What are you MOST happy/pissed about?

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  1. Fabio

    Octavia spencer. She must win and I also think Michelle Williams should in her category.

  2. It’s so boring this year. My favorite films of the year barely got any love (Dragon Tattoo and Harry Potter 8)! Really disappointed this year, especially Trent and Atticus’s lack of a nomination. I thought their soundtrack was wonderful!

    Blah!!!!!!!!!!

    • Krissy

      Re: Trent and Atticus, I think it is because of the very narrow Academy rules. There is a big technical difference between a “soundtrack” and a “score”.

  3. annette

    No noms for Kirsten Dunst for melancholia? Also the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo score was amazing. These nominations seem all out of whack. Lame.

  4. Gentgiant

    Where’s Michael Fassbender? Owen Wilson for Midnight in Paris? Ewan McGregor for The Beginners? So thrilled for Melissa McCarthy! Agreed, Trent got snubbed for score.

  5. Fabio

    I think they need to add more category’s, like the golden globes, especially with the acting nominations, you can’t really compare a drama to say a comedy. Also what’s with the lack or orginal song nominations??

  6. Amélie

    IMHO one of the best movies of the year was Drive… i’m so disapointed… they should have been nominated so many times : best actor, best soundtrack, best picture… :’( Maybe they don’t like genius work…

  7. Fabio

    I agree! Where is Ryans nom! Sometimes it puzzles me how they work these things out.

  8. Kelly

    Nothing for Michael Fassbender? :( NOT happy about that.

  9. Juneh

    Where’s Fassbenders nomination :( Not cool. Even though I’m thrilled Bullhead (Belgium) is nominated for best foreign film! :D The last time a movie from Belgium was nominated was 12 years ago.

  10. Joanna

    Most if not all of the nominations are to be expected. This is one of the most consistent years in terms of the same people and movies getting nominations from awards to awards. I guess I need to see The Artist since its getting tons of nominations and awards. Not bad this year.

  11. There were definitely some amazing performances that were not nominated. I always wonder if these people that do the nominating take the time to see all of these performances. I think “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was not given nearly the attention it deserved. I am thrilled that Rooney was nominated but there should have been MANY more nominations for this extraordinary film.

  12. heather

    How does Tintin not get the nom for Animated Picture, but “Kung Fu Panda 2″ does??

  13. Shannon

    As much as I love love love Melissa McCarthy and her in the film.. I personally didnt like bridesmaids.. I thought it was like every other movie like Superbad just with women and to me, not as funny. Kristen wiig IMO is overrated and not that funny. I dont think I’ve ever laughed once at her on Snl.

  14. CHASE

    David Fincher should have gotten a Best Director nom! Ugh, this list is atrocious.

  15. Alys

    The Academy Awards continue to prove themselves irrelevant. I may watch the red carpet just to see what zany insanity shows up for fashion — but I can get that from Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne or the GFY girls. I don’t think the Academy really reflects the tastes or talents of the viewing public. Michael Fassbender has had three enormous breakout roles, and gets ignored. Sorry, statuette selectors, you’re too wrapped up in yourselves to get me as a viewer too.

  16. Niki

    why not Leonardo? :(

  17. Mariah

    NO NOMINATIONS FOR MY HUSBAND, RYAN GOSLING?! HIS WIFE IS OUTRAGED!!

  18. crystalblueskies

    michael fassbender,leo,ryan,carey got snubbed. but jonah hill, and demian bichir who is a complete unknown got nominated. fucking great! Academy people are bunch of old farts.

  19. Heather

    Can’t believe War Horse got a nomination for Best Picture. It was so cheesy and trite I contemplated walking out on it. Will skip watching the awards this year, instead might just watch the Fashion Police version!

  20. AmandaPalmina

    This list proves that nothing really good came out of 2011, also that this list is a joke….The Help is nominated for a best picture and Iron Lady isn’t? The Help had potential but it in no way rose up to it’s potential

    • @AmandaPalmina — Meryl Streep is amazing in The Iron Lady but there is no way that film is anywhere near Best Picture good. The Help is by far a more superior film, IMHO.

  21. martooha

    “W ciemnosci” !!! Finally Agnieszka Holland gets a nomination :)

  22. banana

    1. The Help
    It scored at the box office but sorry, I don’t think it’s good enough to be nominated for Best Picture.

    2. Melissa M for Bridesmaids?
    Are you kidding me? Girl is talented and funny and all that but again, I don’t think her acting in the movie was powerful enough to warrant Best Supporting Actress.

    3. Wherever the fuck is Drive? Wherever the fuck is Ryan Gosling? Are the Oscars made up of a bunch of old people who can’t handle movies made with manga-style filming technique? That’s why The Artist garnered so many nominations? No offense to people who like The Artist – and I am sure it’s good though I’ve yet to seen it – but seriously!

    4. David fucking Fincher is missing too? Girl with Dragon Tattoo score?

    The Oscars is a bunch of idiots this year.

  23. Claire

    Literally nobody saw Hugo, yet critics called it the best visual masterpiece since Avatar, which I must agree it was. Glad to see it getting some credit. Sadly it does not make up for so many snubs in this years awards. 50/50 was completely overlooked, as was Ryan Gosling’s role in “Drive” (like last years “Blue Valentine”), as well as Carey Mulligan in “Shame”. Very disappointed.

  24. These noms are disappointing but not surprising. No nomination for Girl w/the Dragon Tattoo score? A travesty. And Sirius Black was great in Tinker Tailor, but what a bore! And I’ve gotta agree that Melissa McCarthy raised the bar with her comedy, but not worth an Oscar…pretty disappointed with that whole category, actually.
    On a positive note, Brad and Meryl, SUPREMELY worth of their noms!

  25. J

    Tree of Life to win for cinematography, best picture will go to The Artist and Martin Scorsese for directing Hugo. Bets!!!

  26. loriannakim

    I love the Oscars, but what with their obsession with Martin Scorsese and his movies?

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