Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Academy Award nominations announced

Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure Hugo leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director slot for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

The Artist ran second with 10 nominations, including one for Best Picture

Also nominated for best picture: The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse.

The best actor nominees are George Clooney for The Descendants; Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; Brad Pitt for Moneyball; Jean DuJardin for The Artist; and Demian Bichir for A Better Life. Bichir's nomination all but came out of nowhere, as his film has not been widely seen. [Ed. note: Where's Leonardo DiCaprio's nod?!]

The best actress nominees are: Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs; Viola Davis for The Help; Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady; and Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn.

The entire nomination broadcast can be watched here.

The Oscars will be presented Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Billy Crystal and broadcast live on ABC.

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