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Oscar Nominations 2012: Hugo, The Artist earn most nods

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has announced the nominees for the 84th Academy Awards. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is the most nominated film with 11 bids, followed by The Artist, with 10. The Oscars will be aired live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26. Below, the contenders in the 10 major categories:

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

The Favourite: Expect The Artist to outshine the competition.

BEST DIRECTOR:
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

The Favourite: The Artist’s Michel Hazanavicius seems poised to cop his first win. Steven Spielberg being snubbed for War Horse is a mild shocker.

BEST ACTOR:
Demián Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

The Favourite: Having won for Syriana a few years back, George Clooney is now well on his way to Oscar #2.

BEST ACTRESS:
Glenn Close, 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

The Favourite: Too close to call – the Davis vs. Streep contest will go down to the wire. Notice how Rooney Mara snatched that coveted last spot ahead of Young Adult’s Charlize Theron.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The Favourite: Plummer is highly deserving of the award, but Nick Nolte is a worthy darkhorse in my book.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

The Favourite: The award is Spencer’s to lose.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

The Favourite: Woody Allen arrives as the best bet here, especially following his wins at the recent Critics’ Choice and Golden Globes ceremonies.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Alexander Payne, Jim Rash & Nat Faxon, The Descendants
John Logan, Hugo
George Clooney, Grant Heslov & Beau Willimon, The Ides of March
Aaron Sorkin & Steven Zaillian, Moneyball
Peter Straughan & Bridget O’Connor, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The Favourite: A showdown between The Descendants and Moneyball. It’s a tight race.

BEST ANIMATED FILM:
The Adventures of Tintin
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

The Favourite: Rango stands the best chance, but Spielberg’s Tintin has the muscle to pull an upset.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Bullhead (Belgium)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
A Separation (Iran)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)

The Favourite: The critically acclaimed A Separation is a shoo-in for the win, building on its success at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards.

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  • http://cinemasentries.com El Bicho

    No one got snubbed because no one is entitled to a nomination.

    Not sure about Tintin as upset. MoCap hasn’t been embraced like traditional and CGI animation. Plus, the animators are out in New Zealand, so less chance to schmooze with voters

  • http://www.tallawahmagazine.com Tyrone S. Reid

    No one is entitled, true. But there are those deserving actors who were surprisingly overlooked by voters.