Oscars 2012: 84th Academy Awards nominations

At 13:30 GMT today, US actress Jennifer Lawrence – star of Winter’s Bone (2010) and the upcoming The Hunger Games (2012) adaptation – announced the Oscar nominations for this year’s 84th Academy Awards ceremony, to be held on 26 February. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo lead the way with 11 nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, with Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist, Brad Pitt’s Moneyball and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse also fairing well. In other big news, Gary Oldman picked up a nod for Best Actor in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with Meryl Streep receiving a nomination for Best Actress as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Full nominations shortlist below:

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

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

Best Actress
Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) – Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher) – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams (Marilyn Monroe) – My Week with Marilyn
Viola Davis (Aibileen Clark) – The Help 

Best Actor
Brad Pitt (Billy Beane) – Moneyball
Gary Oldman (George Smiley) – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
George Clooney (Matt King) – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin (George Valentin) – The Artist
Demián Bichir – A Better Life

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo (Peppy Miller) – The Artist
Jessica Chastain (Celia Foote) – The Help
Janet McTeer (Hubert Page) – Albert Nobbs
Melissa McCarthy (Megan) – Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer (Minny Jackson) – The Help

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer (Hal) – Beginners
Jonah Hill (Peter Brand) – Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh (Sir Laurence Olivier) – My Week with Marilyn
Nick Nolte (Paddy Conlon) – Warrior
Max von Sydow (The Renter) – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Foreign Language Film

A Separation
In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar

Best Animation
A Cat in Paris

Chico and Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Art Direction
The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
War Horse 

Achievement in Cinematography
The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

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
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom 

Achievement in Film Editing
The Artist

The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Achievement in Makeup
Albert Nobbs

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Iron Lady

Best Original Score
The Adventures of Tintin
The Artist
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

Best Original Song
Man or Muppet – The Muppets
Real in Rio – Rio
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

Achievement in Sound Editing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
War Horse

Achievement in Sound Mixing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon 

War Horse

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 

Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants

The Ides of March
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Original Screenplay

The Artist

Margin Call
Midnight in Paris

What do you make of the Oscar nominations? Do you agree with the Academy’s choices? 
Are there any films you would have liked to have seen feature more heavily? Let us know using the comment box below.

Daniel Green

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