Academy Awards 2012: Nominations

The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were announced earlier today by Academy president Tom Sherak and Winter’s Bone actress, and previous Best Actress nominee, Jennifer Lawrence.

Leading the way is Hugo with eleven nominations, closely followed by The Artist, which nabbed an equally impressive ten.

As well as the aforementioned two, Moneyball, Midnight In Paris, The Help, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, War Horse, The Descendants and The Tree Of Life were all rewarded in the Best Picture category.

Notable absentees this year include Shame, Martha Marcy May Marlene, We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Skin I Live In and Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, which all failed to leave an impression on the Academy members.

The ceremony itself, hosted by Billy Crystal, will take place on February 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California.

The nominations in full are listed below:

Best Picture

  • War Horse
  • The Artist
  • Moneyball
  • The Descendants
  • The Tree Of Life
  • Midnight In Paris
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Director

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

Best Actor

  • George Clooney (The Descendants)
  • Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
  • Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)
  • Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
  • Demián Bichir (A Better Life)

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

  • Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
  • Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn)
  • Jonah Hill (Moneyball)
  • Nick Nolte (Warrior)
  • Max Von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Jessica Chastain (The Help)
  • Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
  • Octavia Spencer (The Help)
  • Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
  • Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)

Best Writing – Original Screenplay

  • The Artist
  • Bridesmaids
  • Margin Call
  • Midnight In Paris
  • A Separation

Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay

  • The Descendants
  • Hugo
  • The Ides Of March
  • Moneyball
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Best Animated Feature

  • A Cat In Paris
  • Chico & Rita
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Puss In Boots
  • Rango

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Footnote
  • In Darkness
  • A Separation
  • Bullhead
  • Monsieur Lazhar

Best Documentary – Feature

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

Best Original Score

  • John Williams (The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn)
  • 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)
  • Real In Rio (Rio)

Best Sound Editing

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

Best Sound Mixing

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

Best Art Direction

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

Best Cinematography

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

Best Makeup

  • The Iron Lady
  • Albert Nobbs
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Best Costume Design

  • Anonymous
  • W.E.
  • The Artist
  • Hugo
  • Jane Eyre

Best Film Editing

  • The Descendants
  • The Artist
  • Hugo
  • Moneyball
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Best Visual Effects

  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  • Hugo
  • Real Steel
  • Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

Best Live Action Short Film

  • Pentecost
  • Raju
  • The Shore
  • Time Freak
  • Tuba Atlantic

Best Animated Short Film

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

Best Documentary – Short

  • 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

3 thoughts on “Academy Awards 2012: Nominations”

  1. First of all, I’m pleased to see Rooney Mara and Melissa McCarthy on the list, both of whom deliver fantastic performances in their respective films.

    On the other hand, I feel the list is missing some up-and-coming talent, and I’m not entirely sure why Tilda Swinton and Shailene Woodley were missed off, especially Woodley who pretty much steals The Descendants from under George Clooney’s feet.

    I don’t know. Last year Jennifer Lawrence was nominated, so I just felt it would have been nice to see someone like Felicity Jones, Elizabeth Olsen (who’s almost flawless in Martha Marcy May Marlene) or Woodley get some recognition. But, then again, Mara’s on the list, so I guess that’s the up-and-coming talent covered.

    It’s a tricky one. I’m both pleased and displeased, eager to see who wins and bored of the whole shebang altogether.

    Oh, and where the hell is Albert Brooks?!


  2. I wonder if Mara would have been nominated if it was not a Fincher film, though. And I honestly don’t know how I feel about the McCarthy nom. But completely agree on the lack of Swinton and Woodley – I was really hoping the latter would get her chance.


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