Oscar Nominations 2012

The Oscar nominations are out! Hugo leads the nominations with 11. The Artist is just behind with 10. The have thrown a few surprises in the mix though.  Most notably in the Best Original Screenplay, Best Animated Feature, and Best Picture categories. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close got a nomination for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Max von Sydow. Another surprise was that Terence Malick wasn’t snubbed completely and came out with a fair few nominations for The Tree of Life. The Iranian Golden Globe winning feature A Separation managed to nab a nomination in the Best Original Screenplay category. Weird, I know. That doesn’t usually happen. Also, the Best Animated Feature has been the most shocking with A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita winning nominations and Arthur Christmas and the Golden Globe winning The Adventures of Tintin losing out on it (the latter because of the Academy’s motion capture rules). Shocking, I tell you! Our own Michael Fassbender was snubbed. Guess the Academy couldn’t handle the sexiness. Also, Young Adult was totally snubbed. Does not like!

The awards will be held on February 26, 2012 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Until then, here’s all the (important) nominations:

Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants


The Help

Midnight in Paris


War Horse

The Tree of Life

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Actor

Demián Bichir –  A Better Life

George Clooney – The Descendants

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Gary Oldman – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Best Actress

Glenn Glose – 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 Supporting Actor

Keneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn

Jonah Hill – Moneyball

Nick Nolte – Warrior

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo – The Artist

Jessica Chastain – The Help

Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Alexander Payne – The Descendants

Martin Scorsese – Hugo

Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris

Terence Malick – Tree of Life

Best Original Screenplay

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Kristin Wiig, Annie Mumolo – Bridesmaids

J.C. Chandor – Margin Call

Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris

Asghar Farhadi – A Separation

Best Adapted Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash – The Descendants

John Logan  – Hugo

George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon – Ides of March

Steve Zaillan, Aaron Sorkin – Moneyball

Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris

Chico & Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots


Best Foreign Film

A Separation (Iran)

Bullhead (Belgium)

Footnote (Israel)

In Darkness (Poland)

Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)


Original Score

John Williams – The Adventures of Tintin

Ludovic Bource – The Artist

Howard Shore – Hugo

Alberto Iglesias – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

John Williams – War Horse

Best Original Song

“Man or Muppet,” The Muppets; Music and Lyrics by Bret McKenzie

“Real in Rio,” Rio; Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Lyrics by Siedah Garrett


Best Achievement in Art Direction

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


Midnight in Paris

War Horse

Best Achievement in Cinematography

The Artist

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


The Tree of Life

War Horse

Best Achievement in Costume Design


The Artist


Jane Eyre


Best Documentary Feature

Hell and Back Again

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory



Best 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 Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Best Achievement in Film Editing

The Artist

The Descendants

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo



Best Achievement in Makeup

Albert Nobbs

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The Iron Lady

Best Animated Short Film


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

La Luna

A Morning Stroll

Wild Life

Best Live Action Short Film



The Shore

Time Freak

Tuba Atlantic

Best Achievement in Sound Editing


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo



Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


Real Steel

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Fantastic Four Review