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'Hugo' Tops 2012 Oscar Nominations

"Hugo"
Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" led the nominations for the 84th Academy Awards, which were announced in Los Angeles this morning. The film took 11 nominations, including a nod in the best picture category, where 9 nominees ended up surfacing (Academy rule changes made it so anywhere between 5 and 10 nominees could make the cut).

"Hugo" was followed closely by Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist," which took 10 nominations.  The pair were joined in the best picture category alongside "The Descendants," "The Help," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball," "The Tree of Life," "War Horse" and -- most shockingly -- "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."

Other major surprises included snubs of Leonardo diCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton, Albert Brooks and Shailene Woodley in the acting categories, and excluding Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" in the animated feature category (in favor of little seen "A Cat in Paris" and "Chico & Rita").

Full list of nominations below. Here's our take on the 10 biggest surprises.

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
Best Picture
"The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer
"The Descendants" Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Scott Rudin, Producer
"The Help" Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
"Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
"Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
"Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
"The Tree of Life" Nominees to be determined
"War Horse" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers


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


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


Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis in "The Help"
Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"
Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"


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


Animated Feature Film
"A Cat in Paris" Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
"Chico & Rita" Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
"Kung Fu Panda 2" Jennifer Yuh Nelson
"Puss in Boots" Chris Miller
"Rango" Gore Verbinski


Art Direction
"The Artist" Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
"Hugo" Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
"Midnight in Paris" Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
"War Horse" Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales


Cinematography
"The Artist" Guillaume Schiffman
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Jeff Cronenweth
"Hugo" Robert Richardson
"The Tree of Life" Emmanuel Lubezki
"War Horse" Janusz Kaminski


Costume Design
"Anonymous" Lisy Christl
"The Artist" Mark Bridges
"Hugo" Sandy Powell
"Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor
"W.E." Arianne Phillips


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


Documentary (Feature)
"Hell and Back Again" Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
"Pina" Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
"Undefeated" TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas


Documentary (Short Subject)
"The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement" Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
"God Is the Bigger Elvis" Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
"Incident in New Baghdad"James Spione
"Saving Face" Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
"The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen


Film Editing
"The Artist" Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Kevin Tent
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
"Hugo" Thelma Schoonmaker
"Moneyball" Christopher Tellefsen


Foreign Language Film
"Bullhead" Belgium
"Footnote" Israel
"In Darkness" Poland
"Monsieur Lazhar" Canada
"A Separation" Iran

Makeup
"Albert Nobbs" Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
"The Iron Lady" Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Music (Original Score)
"The Adventures of Tintin" John Williams
"The Artist" Ludovic Bource
"Hugo" Howard Shore
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Alberto Iglesias
"War Horse" John Williams


Music (Original Song)
"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
"Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett


Short Film (Animated)
"Dimanche/Sunday" Patrick Doyon
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
"La Luna" Enrico Casarosa
"A Morning Stroll" Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
"Wild Life" Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby


Short Film (Live Action)
"Pentecost" Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
"Raju" Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
"The Shore" Terry George and Oorlagh George
"Time Freak" Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
"Tuba Atlantic" Hallvar Witzø


Sound Editing
"Drive" Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Ren Klyce
"Hugo" Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
"War Horse" Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom


Sound Mixing
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
"Hugo" Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
"Moneyball" Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
"War Horse" Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson


Visual Effects
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
"Hugo" Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
"Real Steel" Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
"The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
"Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan
"The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
"Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan


Writing (Original Screenplay)
"The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius
"Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
"Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor
"Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen
"A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi

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47 Comments

  • Oscarssnubs | January 25, 2012 3:46 PMReply

    What the F*CK ?! Transformers 3, one of the worst pictures of the year, got as much nominations as Deathly Hallows II ! And more than drive ?!! Even if its technical nominations, its a shame.

  • Terry | January 25, 2012 7:36 AMReply

    "A dangerous method" was royally snubbed from the Academy. A brilliant movie that got no recognition at all.

  • Hello | January 24, 2012 11:47 PMReply

    Anyone know if the ceremony is rebroadcasted anywhere?

  • Hello | January 24, 2012 11:48 PM

    As the ceremony on the 26th? I've got baseball practice that night

  • Marky | January 24, 2012 6:02 PMReply

    There were lots of snubs. Some more outrageous than others. Always have been, always will be. What I don't get is all the attention being lapped on "The Artist". Yes, I get the metaphor, and yes, the two leads were excellent. But is this what is takes to be 'groundbreaking' these days? I guess it was over my head. Even though it only had 4 noms, IMO, "The Descendants" is still the favorite to win Best Picture. Thought "Incredibly Loud, Extremely Close" played like an afternoon school special. And "The War Horse" felt an awful lot like Hallmark Channel to me. Midnight in Paris and The Help are excellent dark horses. Hugo was old school good. Kudos.

  • jingmei | January 25, 2012 12:12 AM

    fairly enough good said ;

  • Marji | January 24, 2012 5:12 PMReply

    I love George Clooney -- a fantastic guy to work with and who brings a tremendous amount of giving and talent to the table -- but will be majorly disappointed if he wins the best actor oscar
    for this particular film. Having viewed it 3 times, it totally misses the reality check of true feelings of a husband losing his wife. Either the producer or director needed more life-experience or were fearful of taking the movie to a plan reality. Either way, George's character was much to shallow. Maybe they could have looked at "Ponette" or many others to get a grip on grief.

  • jjohnson | January 24, 2012 3:57 PMReply

    Ryan Gosling gave two of the best performances I saw this year...where the **** is he? Where the *** is Drive? It was fantastic.

  • filmneye | January 25, 2012 5:32 AM

    I know what you mean. Ryan Gosling didn't even get nominated last year for "Blue Valentine," which was another amazing performance by all accounts. Oscar just doesn't show him any love.:o{

  • Person | January 24, 2012 1:36 PMReply

    Well, this years nominees are just plain shit.
    Moneyball is this year's most overrated film. It's a typical drama that in previous years would be regarded as a typical film that you see alot. This year's lack of dramas similar to that of Moneyball is the reason why it's nominated, and Brad Pitt. Tree of Life is only nominated because of Brad Pitt, if he wasn't in it, it would've been regarded as one of those too art house films (Melancholia!!) and wouldn't have been nominated. Brad Pitt also didn't deserve Best Actor, anyone with decent acting skills could've pulled of the role easily. Michael Fassbender definitely deserved a nomination in that category. Aside from that, glad Gary Oldman FINALLY got recognition and Nick Nolte's nomination. Might be the first year where not a single film in the Best Picture list interests me at all.

  • ECP | January 24, 2012 1:31 PMReply

    Well, at least there are a few surprises. Fingers were crossed down to the wire for Michael Shannon and the feel-good "Win-Win." Pleased for recognition given "Margin Call," "Tinker Tailor," and "A Separation."

  • Kasra | January 24, 2012 1:30 PMReply

    VIVA Asghar Farhadi!!! He will win the best foreign film award definitely. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH ASGHAR!!!

  • Steven Ball | January 24, 2012 12:55 PMReply

    no Zhang Yimou nomination? no Michael Fassbender? no Ryan Gossling? no best director nomination for Madonna?

  • Bogdan | January 25, 2012 7:34 AM

    Madonna's wannabe "art flick" should be on the razzy list.

  • filmneye | January 25, 2012 5:36 AM

    Yeah, I'm with Sean about Madonna...you're shittin' me, right?

  • Sean | January 24, 2012 1:02 PM

    Madonna... You're shitting me right?

  • Bogdan | January 24, 2012 12:47 PMReply

    "Extremely loud and incredibly close" getting nominated is a perfect example of great PR! Preposterous...

  • tommy | January 24, 2012 12:28 PMReply

    yes Jason. his company's logo and his name is imdb ,and site hugo .what's happen?where is his name ?

  • jason | January 24, 2012 12:24 PMReply

    where is J.Depp. his name is movie's website as producer.for hugo

  • Jake Yermini | January 24, 2012 12:03 PMReply

    I agree with previous comments that the academy looks like a old boys club. Hugo looks like a Best Picture movie but it dosn't deliver quite like the Artist. The Artist proves it dosn't need fancy 3D in order to make a good movie, which is the problem with modern cinema. 3D does not equal good. Shame should have been nominated, no questions. Brad Pitt should go live with starving kids in africa and never come back or be spoken of again, he's like a shitty acting sore on hollywoods ass. Tintin was snubbed from what it deserved. Jung fu panda 2 was simply awful. I like the foreign pictures getting a chance to shine though. This dosn't change who I think will win, but shut off some deserving people from the credit they deserved.

  • bright | January 24, 2012 11:55 AMReply

    "Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers :where is J.Depp. his name is movie's website as producer.

  • jason | January 24, 2012 11:53 AMReply

    "Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers :where is J.Depp
    if"Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt?, Producers

  • Damien | January 24, 2012 11:49 AMReply

    "Melancholia" is the most underrated film of the year and probably one of the best... It's a disgrace that it didn't get nominated.

  • filmneye | January 25, 2012 5:46 AM

    Damien, it's all political in the Academy as to which films get nominated. The Academy is mostly Jewish, and if you recall, at Cannes, Lars von Trier flipped out during his press conference & said that he admired Hitler and that he was pro-Nazi (sarcastically, of course). So, Melancholia wasn't gonna get anything from the largely Jewish Academy after von Trier's tirade at Cannes.

  • Patthekat | January 24, 2012 11:05 AMReply

    I know I'm wasting my breath since the choices have already been made but why is neither Michael Fassbender nor "Shame" nominated in any category when it was clearly one of the best pictures of the year? The talk before the nominations were announced indicated Fassbender would be nominated, so what went down since then? If the "Best Picture" category was expanded, why not "Actor in a Leading Role"? Sure Tree of Life had gorgeous cinematography but it wouldn't have been given the time of day if Brad Pitt hadn't been in it. ditto with Moneyball. What about Pina or Melancholia? Why didn't they make it?

  • filmneye | January 25, 2012 5:48 AM

    See my comment above re: Melancholia's omission from the Oscars.

  • Richard | January 24, 2012 10:44 AMReply

    No Michael Fassbender or Adepero Oduye?? What's with all the Tinker Tailor nominations? With the War Horse & Extremely Loud nominations, this really proves that it is still an old boys club in Hollywood. Anything with the names Speilberg or Hanks gets in.
    And why only two nominees for Best Song? Lay Your Head Down from Albert Nobbs is gorgeously sung by Sinead O'Conner, and I thought a slam dunk.

  • Juha Hovilainen | January 24, 2012 10:32 AMReply

    What a joke....Rooney Mara....Seriously...I tought these were the razzle awards...
    Glenn Close, Michelle Williams and Meryl Streep...Each for "Tv-movies"...
    Tilda Swinton, You were the only one who should have won.
    Michael Fassbinder....Not even a nomination.
    Albert Brooks and "Drive" totally shout out...What the F...?
    Ryan Gosling....Did they forget you...
    I must be the only one whos tired of seeing from Streep to Clooney....
    No need to watch this ceremony this year...What a joke...
    Only one I agree...Wim Wenders: "Pina 3d".
    By the way....Lars Von Trier and Pedro Almodovar also totally shot out.
    ...But then again what to expect from the academy...
    I mean...Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts best actress winners.
    "Shakespeare In Love"....Movie of the year.

  • jingmei | January 24, 2012 10:25 AMReply

    Everything from this list just proved Oscar nowadays is by all means the typical maintream stuff reflects Hollywood, the balance among the big studios, and more or less effected by some important people including George Clooney, Tom Hanks, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Will Ferrel, even Brad Pitt, etc. Hollywood needs them always to maintain the mainstream, at the same time shows intimacy to some other part of the world which could be effected by it as well. No need to explain these lines by lines. I just would pay far more attention to the cool indie things or at least not that mainstream everywhere in the world such as current Sundance which has been reported by Indiewire by lots nice posts so far. Plus congratulations J.C. Chandor and his Margin Call here.

  • Beth | January 24, 2012 10:17 AMReply

    Isn't there a bigtime typo - isn't Paradise Lost miss-attributed to Charles Ferguson?

  • Jamie | January 24, 2012 10:53 AM

    nope!

  • Rich | January 24, 2012 10:01 AMReply

    So pleased Rooney Mara got in and SO GLAD that We Need To Talk About Kevin was snubbed. It was an awful, confused film. Also pleased for Bridesmaids which was a good film with heart. (I would have liked to see Jessica Chastain nominated for The Tree of Life instead of The Help though, she was stunning in that.)

  • An Englishman in New York | January 24, 2012 10:00 AMReply

    No Tilda Swinton? Brilliant 2 noms for Asghar Farhadi's SEPARATION - Huge congratulations. Has anybody anywhere actually seen "UNDEFEATED" documentary? No critical acclaim, no screenings it seems, oh wait - isn't this doc something to do with a certain Weinstein...? Ah yes. That's why it made the list. BUCK should have made the doc list.

  • Ladybug | January 24, 2012 9:55 AMReply

    REALLY . . . replace Rooney Mara with Adepero Aduye . . . where is Fassbender . . . Where is Shame and Pariah! Sigh . . . just silly!

  • Bharat | January 24, 2012 9:51 AMReply

    Here's the tally,
    Hugo- 11
    The Artist- 10
    War horse- 6
    Moneyball- 6
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- 5
    Descendants- 5
    The Help- 4
    Midnight in Paris- 4
    The Tree of Life- 3
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy- 3
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2- 3
    Albert Nobbs- 3
    Transformers: Dark of the Moon- 3
    Bridesmaids- 2
    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close- 2
    The Iron Lady- 2
    My Week with Marilyn- 2
    A Separation- 2

  • Tim | January 24, 2012 9:28 AMReply

    Disappointed that "Warrior" isn't nominated... it was the best picture.

  • Salty Bill | January 24, 2012 9:27 AMReply

    Wow--nothing for Ryan Gosling or Tilda Swinton or David Fincher? Tintin denied a slot in Animated Features? Hey, it's the 84th Academy Awards!

  • ALAN | January 24, 2012 9:26 AMReply

    How about Tilda Swinton?? Cannes is a far more critic award. The Oscars are just about reputation and money

  • Glory | January 24, 2012 9:24 AMReply

    Michael Fassbender was robbed! And Jonah Hill really?

  • ALAN | January 24, 2012 9:23 AMReply

    Shame or Michael fassbender not nominated?????!!!! That´s absurd

  • TimParker | January 24, 2012 9:21 AMReply

    Just curious, see that in original score Dragon Tattoo not on this posting, but The Playlist has it in its list of nominations (?)

  • TimParker | January 24, 2012 9:23 AM

    Never mind, I think I read that wrong on The Playlist. Not nominated

  • Kia | January 24, 2012 9:18 AMReply

    Seriously... only two songs that the Academy thought were worthy. Hello... Madonna, Mary J Blidge. At least give us justice in this category. Happy for Damien Bichir, even if it's a bone. We'll take it--he deserved the recognition.

  • M | January 24, 2012 9:07 AMReply

    WHAT…….. A……… JOKE…………. WOW

  • TimParker | January 24, 2012 9:05 AMReply

    If I had my way, replace extremely loud with dragon tattoo. Extremely loud is syrupy trash. If I were jonathan safran foer I'd want to completely dissociate myself from that.
    Other than that, and Drive getting only Sound mixing nomination is a snub but kind of expected. Good to see Malick nominated for director, just wish there was room enough for Fincher in there too. Oh well

  • nicole | January 24, 2012 8:47 AMReply

    total shit that extremely loud and incredibly close is nominated...many of these nominees do not deserve it at all...

  • Edward Copeland | January 24, 2012 8:55 AM

    They wouldn't be the Oscars if they did deserve it.