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Scorsese's 'Hugo' Leads Oscar Nominees for the 84th Academy Awards

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Now that the Golden Globes are receding into distant memory, it’s time for the movie industry’s most star-spangled event – the Academy Awards. Nominees have just been announced for the 2012 Oscars, and as usual there are some surprises among the obvious inclusions, along with a few head-scratching moments. The inclusion of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close among the Best Film nominations will certainly raise a few eyebrows, as will the multiple nominations for Bridesmaids.

As for the forerunners, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo scores big with 11 nominations, including Best Director and Best Film. The winners of both Best Film categories at the Golden Globes, The Descendants and The Artist, are also present and correct, ensuring that there should at least be a three-way race for statue. The more observant among you will also note that there are only nine nominees for Best Picture this year, rather than the ten nominations last year – this is due to a rule change that requires nominees to have a minimum number of first-place votes.

There are some pleasant surprises in the list too, including a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Nick Nolte in Warrior (one of the year’s most underrated films) and a Best Original Screenplay nod for Margin Call. Less surprising is the inclusion of George Clooney on the nominees list (I hear they’re considering renaming the Best Actor Oscar ‘The Clooney’), and Meryl Streep on the Best Actress list, an incredible 17th Oscar nomination for her.

As for the Awards ceremony itself, after Eddie Murphy backed out we’re left with Billy Crystal again. Let’s hope he’s found time to write some new material during his years off…

Here are the major Academy Award Nominees for 2012:

Best Picture:
War Horse
The Artist
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Actress:
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Best Actor:
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Supporting Actress:
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Best Supporting Actor:
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Director:
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

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 Farhadi

For the full list of Oscar Nominees visit the official Academy Awards website.