Oscar nominations: The Artist leads the way

Tribute to silent cinema nominated in five major categories

The nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards have been announced, with The Artist leading the way with five nominations in major categories, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

The announcement wasn’t peppered with shocks, although there were one or two surprises along the way, with Gary Oldman receiving a surprise nomination for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but Michael Fassbender missing out for Shame.

Drive was one of the highest profile films to be passed over (gettnig just one nod for Sound Editing), whilst Tintin was overlooked in the Animated Film category. Meanwhile, Melissa McCarthy garnered a rare supporting actress nod for a comedy performer, having been recognised for her sterling work in Bridesmaids.

Hugo got the most nominations overall (11), with The Artist following closely behind (10). Transformers: Dark Of The Moon and The Tree Of Life are neck and neck with three each.

Take a look at the list below for full details of who has got the nod for the key awards at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony on 26 February…

Best Picture

War Horse
The Artist
Moneyball
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Hugo
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close


Best Actress

Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
Viola Davis (The Help)
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)

Best Actor
Demian Behir (A Better Life)
George Clooney (The Descendants)
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo (The Artist)
Jessica Chastain (The Help)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
Octavia Spencer (The Help)

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
Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris)
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Martin Scorcese (Hugo)
Terence Malick (The Tree Of Life)

Best Original Screenplay
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Midnight in Paris
Margin Call
A Separation


Best Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants
Hugo
The Ides of March
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


Best Foreign Feature
Bullhead
Footnote
In Darkness
Monsier Lazhar
In Separation


Best Animated Feature
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

Art Direction

The Artist
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Hugo
Midnight In Paris
War Horse

Cinematography

The Artist
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
The Tree Of Life
War Horse

Costume Design

Anonymous
The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
W.E.

Documentary Feature

Hell And Back Again
If A Tree Falls: A Story Of The Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Pina
Undefeated

Documentary Short Subject

The Barber Of Birmingham: Foot Soldier Of The Civil Rights Movement
God Is The Bigger Elvis
Incident In New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsumani And The Cherry Blossom

Film Editing

The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball

Make Up

Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
The Iron Lady

Music (Original Score)

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn
The Artist
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

Music (Original Song)

The Muppets - 'Man Or Muppet'
Rio - 'Real In Rio'

Short Film (Animated)

Dimanche / Sunday
The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Short Film (Live Action)

Pentecost
Raju
The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic

Sound Editing

Drive
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
War Horse

Sound Mixing

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
War Horse

What do you make of the nominations? What would you change, if you could? Tell us, below.

Comments

    • AgentMcQueen

      Jan 24th 2012, 14:32

      Nicolas Winding Refn. Ryan Gosling. Albert Brooks. Steve McQueen. Michael Fassbender. David Fincher. Rooney Mara. I'd like to apologise on behalf of the OscarsĀ® Academy. Sorry.

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    • joker16

      Jan 24th 2012, 14:41

      @AgentMcQueen Please add my name to your letter.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jan 24th 2012, 14:42

      Jonah HIll... Nominated for an oscar?...... Maybe this is what the Mayans were predicting would bring about the end of the World

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    • FBCFaherty

      Jan 24th 2012, 14:54

      Alan Rickman was robbed - he totally deserved a nomination for his fabulous (though admitedly under-used) portrail of Severus Snape in Harry Potter. Plus, the guy just rocks in any movie he is in. The Oscars have failed to recognise the brilliant talent that's out there as listed by @AgentMcQueen.

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    • Giles83

      Jan 24th 2012, 14:56

      Agreed AgentMcQueen. Seriously predictable list going on here apart from maybe best supporting actor. Omissions for Drive and Shame are scandalous! I mean was 'The Help' actually that good? How did Jonah Hill manage a nomination over Albert Brooks? Anyway here's my predictions (not my choices mind you); Best Picture The Descendants Best Actress Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) Best Actor George Clooney (The Descendants) Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer (The Help) Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer (Beginners) Best Director Alexander Payne (The Descendants) Best Original Screenplay The Artist Best Adapted Screenplay Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Best Foreign Feature In Separation Best Animated Feature Puss in Boots

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    • loveroflostgirl

      Jan 24th 2012, 14:57

      No Ryan Gosling/ Michael Fassbender for best actor?, The Help nominated ahead of Drive/ Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy/ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?, No Nicolas Winding Refn/ David Fincher for best director?, Rango in the best animation catorgory but not Tintin?, Jessica Chastain not nominated for Tree of life?, Must be Oscar time again! One can only hope the BAFTA's will right these wrongs!

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    • deza25

      Jan 24th 2012, 14:58

      @ChrisWooton what's wrong with Jonah Hill being nominated for an Oscar? Just because he is a comedian? did you see Moneyball he was very good and its hard to think any other actor in that role besides him.

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    • spunkbag

      Jan 24th 2012, 15:30

      Is it just me but I really didn't get Drive. It's was ok nothing more

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    • aleks989

      Jan 24th 2012, 15:31

      Thank God Gary Oldman got nominated. He is one of the greatest actors ever. Amazing performance in Tinker,Tailor, Soldier, Spy as in every other movie he steps in. He must get it this time.

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    • 2Dglasses

      Jan 24th 2012, 15:46

      Another 'What?' from me on behalf of Albert Brooks. Take Gosling Brooks and Cranston out of Drive and it was very ordinary with some good set pieces so i can maybe see why it wouldnt win best film (still should have been nominated though). Ditto for Refn as director. 3 of the 5 best actors have been far better in other things, im tempted to say Dujardin as i havent seen A Better Life. Oldman...i want him to win, but this would be in the Scorcese 'You should have won for something else' category. Fassbender should get a nom next year-he seems to be in a lot.

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    • mrmoon0206

      Jan 24th 2012, 15:59

      if the oscars raised the amount of best film nominations due to the apparent outcry from the dark knight not being nominationed in 2008, Why do they persist in overlooking critically acclaimed films? We could get into a long debate into what films should be up there or not but to overlook films such as tinker tailor, drive and even senna ( I know its a doc but it doesn't stop them nominating animated films in the best film category ) just confuses me. These are films that are not only well recieved by critics but also by film fans across the globe. I mean for f***s sake! You have got harry potter and the deathly hallows part 2, the final installment in the biggest, most successful film franchise in history, over 1 billion at the box office and 96% on rotten tomatoes, but they rather nominate the help! I thought 10 nominations was meant to prevent this.

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    • anant

      Jan 24th 2012, 16:31

      did i just read extremely loud and incredibly close in the best picture list? has the academy completely lost it? no nomination for leonardo for j.edgar? besides where is shame?

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    • MillerCrosses

      Jan 24th 2012, 17:03

      I happen to find it really funny that Dicaprio didn't get a nom when it's obviously his sole reason for most of his choices. But at the same time Charlize Theron deserved one I think.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 24th 2012, 17:11

      Good news on Gary Oldmans and Nick Noltes nod, no Senna for best documentary (F1 not big US). Also, how the fudge can you have 9 films in contention but only 5 directors nominated? Did the other 4 films direct themselves? Have a word.

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 24th 2012, 17:51

      Great news about Oldman but it sucks that Fass had to make way for his nomination.

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    • DanRose

      Jan 24th 2012, 18:29

      Think it goes to show what a weak year it was for films... But yeah Nick Nolte. Fully deserved and nice to see a little bit of love for Warrior. Agree Drive got robbed but wasn't getting my hopes up for it.

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    • alexqueen

      Jan 24th 2012, 18:40

      No nominations for Tintin for Animated film... Leonardo as J.Edgar... Ryan Gosling for Drive... Senna for documentary... Spielberg, Eastwood & Fincher for Best Director - what is wrong with the academy???

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    • DanRose

      Jan 24th 2012, 18:48

      Oh and Bret McKenzie.... I'll be keeping my fingers crossed you win. Would be brilliant!!!

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    • StevePotter

      Jan 24th 2012, 20:57

      REALLY?! Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?! b******t. I'm sorry, but that film got mixed reviews at best! Why not Harry Potter? Or Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Or... SOMETHING that critics and audiences both near universally loved. Heck, I haven't seen Drive OR Extremely Loud, but it sounds like Drive was more deserving!

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 24th 2012, 22:13

      I suspect J.Edgar arrived a little late in the day for most of the voters. Extremely Loud and Incredbly Close is another attempt by Stephen Daldrey to brown-nose an Oscar, his recent efforts The Reader and The Hours are obviously catered towrd the awards season, only Billy Elliot was a deliberate crowd-pleaser, Im glad AMPAS saw sense and omiited him from the nominations. Anyway I don't know why people are going on about Harry Potter deserving an Oscar, at the end of the day it was a good bit of popcorn, hardly a groundbreaking achievement like Return of the King. Lets not forget the Oscars are dodgy when it comes to handing out the gongs, does anyone believe really believe that Gwyneth Paltrow is a better actress than Meryl Streep or Cate Blanchett? And that Paltrow didnt win because her parents are/were hollywood royalty? And Shawshank losing to FORREST GUMP FFS. Phew! Enjoy the show.

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    • joker16

      Jan 25th 2012, 2:09

      @Hadouken76 Shawshank losing to Forest Gump? How about Pulp Fiction losing to Forest Gump! That's the real travesty.

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    • loveroflostgirl

      Jan 25th 2012, 15:52

      What about Patton beating Five Easy Pieces/M*A*S*H, Rocky beating Taxi Driver, Kramer vs Kramer beating Apocolypse now, Ordinary People beating Raging Bull, Ghandi beating E.T, Silence of the Lambs beating JFK, The English patient beating Fargo, Titanic beating L.A Confidential, Shakespeare in Love beating Saving Private Ryan/The Thin Red Line, A Beautiful Mind beating Fellowship of the Ring, Million Dollar Baby beating Sideways, Crash beating Brokeback Mountain/Munich? The fact is more often than not the Oscars reward the wrong film!

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    • bencobra

      Jan 25th 2012, 21:15

      What a joke. The omissions of Tilda Swindon, Senna and Take Shelter are an absolute disgrace. The following should win: Streep, Oldman, Plummer, Chastain (Although she is nominated for the wrong movie) and Tree Of Life (BP and D). I also think the Animated Feature contains it's weakest list ever. One final thought, although I've not seen Moneyball I believe Brad Pitt should have been nominated for TOL.

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    • deza25

      Jan 26th 2012, 2:20

      @ChrisWootton what's wrong with Jonah Hill being nominated for an Oscar? Just because he is a comedian? did you see Moneyball? He was very good and its hard to think any other actor in that role besides him.

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    • willow138

      Jan 26th 2012, 2:44

      I duno why you are surprised now that Oldman is nominated i swear when TTSS came out i remember you guessing this would occur. maybe i imagined it. But he should win. I love Shame and Fassbender was amazing but I am glad he wasnt nominated because in my opinion he is Oldmans only real competition this year so without him the chameleon that is Gary Oldman may finally get an oscar. Also so glad for Mellisa Macarthy and Jonah Hill they are both brilliant actors and deserve the nominations. I just been reading up on who is in the academey and a few people that are nominated are in it surely that makes it bias . I never really thought of who may be part of the academy until now so I guess i am just being dumb here

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    • willow138

      Jan 26th 2012, 2:51

      @FBCFaherty So agree on the Snape front! @Hadouken76 i always like reading your comments because 90% of the time i am in complete agreement with you.

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    • alexr

      Jan 27th 2012, 12:20

      How excited am I about the Oscars this year? How much do I care? Not a bean, I say, not a f*****g bean.

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    • bencobra

      Jan 27th 2012, 13:32

      @DanRose In relation to Bret McKenzie winning the oscar. I completely agree it would be brilliant.

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