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Oscar Nominations Led by ‘Hugo’ with Eleven and ‘The Artist’ with Ten, Major Surprises UPDATED

Oscar Nominations Led by 'Hugo' with Eleven and 'The Artist' with Ten, Major Surprises UPDATED

It’s a neck-and-neck race for the Oscar, as Martin Scorsese’s 3-D “Hugo” and silent black-and-white film “The Artist” now lead the field of contenders. “Hugo” collected eleven nominations and more technical categories, while “The Artist” collected ten, including acting nominations for Best Actor Jean Dujardin and Supporting Actress Berenice Bejo. Both films are nostalgic love letters to the movies–and now the duel for wins is on for Oscar night, February 26.

Each Oscar branch voted for nominations in individual categories (foreign is chosen via various voting committees); this was the first year that the Oscar nominations for best picture were determined via a new vote-counting method that could have yielded from five to ten nominees. 5,783 voters used a ballot with five slots; their top choices ended up as a total nine nominations.

Surprises included two nominations for raunchfest “Bridesmaids,” for Supporting Actress (Melissa McCarthy) and Original Screenplay; the inclusion of SAG nominee Damien Bichir (“A Better Life”) and Gary Oldman (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) as Best Actor over Leonardo DiCaprio (“J. Edgar”) and Michael Fassbender (“Shame”); Supporting Actor Max Von Sydow (“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”) over Albert Brooks (“Drive”); and Best Actress Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) over Tilda Swinton (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”). Iranian Asghar Farhardi earned not only an expected foreign nomination for “A Separation,” but an original screenplay nod as well. J.C. Chandor was another surprise nominee in that category, for “Margin Call.”

Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” (five nominations), Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” (six), and Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (two) made it into the top nine, although not Best Director. Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” took four nomoinations, for Picture, Director, Original Screenplay and Art Direction. Terrence Malick landed a director nomination for “The Tree of Life” as well as nominations for Best Picture and Cinematography. David Fincher did not score in that category either; “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” did not land Best Picture slots. The animation branch did not give Spielberg’s performance capture “The Adventures of Tintin” a nomination.

While “The Descendants” earned five nominations, for Best Picture, Director, Best Actor, Adapted Screenplay and Editing, young actress Shailene Woodley did not earn a nod. Historically, the movie with the most nominations is favored to win, but that does not always happen.

The nine Best Picture nominees are:

    “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”The Artist”

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


    “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


    “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
    “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


    “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

All active and life members of the Academy are eligible to select the winners in all categories, although in five of them – Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject and Foreign Language Film – members can vote only if they have seen all of the nominated films in those categories.

The Academy sends final ballots to voters on February 1, which are due by 5 p.m. on February 21.

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