Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012 Academy Awards: And the Nominees Are...


One of the many perks of living on the East Coast is not having to wake up at 5:30am to watch the live webcast of the Academy Award nomination announcements. So if you were fast asleep or otherwise disposed as previous Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence and Academy President Tom Sherak announced this year's Oscar nominees, fear not! The nominees in the 10 "big" categories are below, and I'll be back later with some brief thoughts on the entire list.

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

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

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Actress in a Leading Role
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

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
The Descendants
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Margin Call
Midnight in Paris
A Separation

Best Animated Feature Film
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

Best Foreign Language Film
Bullhead
Footnote
In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar
A Separation

For the full list of nominees in all 24 categories, visit www.Oscar.com.

[Images Source: AMPAS]


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