2012 Academy Award Nominations Announced

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The 2012 84th Academy Award nominations are in and “The Artist” and “Hugo” are the front-runners.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced their list of nominees for the 84th annual Academy Awards, set to take place on February 26 at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. “The Artist” was nominated for 10 awards, including best picture, best director, screenplay, actor and supporting actress while “Hugo” received 11 nominations for awards such as best picture, best director and best screenplay.

Best Picture nominations went to The Artist,” “The Descendants,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “The Help,” “Hugo,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moneyball,” “The Tree of Life” and “War Horse”.

George Clooney and Brad Pitt each received coveted nominations, including best actor for Clooney in “The Descendants” and lead actor for Pitt in “Moneyball”. Other best actor nominations went to Demian Bichir for “A Better Life,” Jean Dujardin for “The Artist” and Gary Oldman for “Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy.”

Michelle Williams (“My Week with Marilyn”), Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs”), Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Viola Davis (“The Help”) and Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”) also received nominations.

In the best director category, Scorsese will compete with French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius of “The Artist”, Alexander Payne of “The Descendants”, Terrence Malick of “The Tree of Life” and Woody Allen for “Midnight in Paris.”

“A Separation” received a best foreign language film nomination and a best original screenplay nomination for its director, Asghar Farhadi.

Overall, “Moneyball” and “War Horse” faired quite well, each earning six nominations apiece. “The Descendants” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” received five each.

Billy Crystal will return to the Oscar stage and host the Academy Awards this year.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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