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Oscars 2012: The Nominees

By Zaki JufriMovies - 25 January 2012 7:00 PM | Updated 03 February 2012

Oscars 2012: The Nominees

Yup. Oscar season is back and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has just announced the list of contenders that’s competing for the coveted golden statue.

And given the early buzz and variety of winners in critics’ circles and at the recent Golden Globes, this year’s race will be a very compelling one and one where the academy honours films and talent on their own merits.

Leading the pack is Martin Scorsese’s 3-D orphan story “Hugo” with 11 nominations including best picture and director, as well as for its cinematography and visual effects.

Coming in a close second is silent film “The Artist” which has landed 10 nods in all. Both “Hugo” and “The Artist” are pitched in close contest for Best Picture with the Alexander Payne-helmed tragicomedy “The Descendants” as well as Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”.

In the lead actor category, Michael Fassbender got snubbed for his excellent performance as a sex addict in “Shame” as well as Leonardo di Caprio who bagged a Screen Actors Guild nomination for “J. Edgar”. Instead, the Academy went for Brad Pitt (“Money Ball”), George Clooney (“The Descendants”) and Gary Oldman (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”).

As for lead actresses, Kirsten Dunst (“Melancholia”) and Charlize Theron (“Young Adult”) got left out in the cold.

Noticeably missing was the very much hyped “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” David Fincher’s gritty rejig of the Swedish thriller was absent in the Best Picture and Best Director category but lead actress Rooney Mara manages to sneak in a nomination for standout performance.

Ryan Gosling's much talked about neo-noir thriller "Drive" was another one that failed to connect with the academy, snagging only a nod in the …drum roll please… sound editing category. Another Gosling snub will be the very brilliant “Ides Of March”. The movie picked up Golden Globes nominations for Picture, Director, Actor and Screenplay, but only got a Best Adapted Screenplay nod from the Academy.

Soooo… did your favourite get snubbed? Did you get thrown of course with some (un)pleasant surprises or do you think some aren’t deserving of the nod at all? Here’s a look at the nominees from the major categories!




The Artist




The Descendants

Best Picture


Best Director

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



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



Midnight in Paris


War Horse


Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close 

Best Actor


Best Actress

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


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 Help


My Week With Marilyn



Best Supporting Actor


Best Supporting Actress

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close



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

Best Animated Feature Film


Best Visual Effects

A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon


The Artist10
War Horse6
The Descendants5
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo5
Midnight In Paris4
Albert Nobbs3
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 23
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy3
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon3
The Tree Of Life3
The Iron Lady2
My Week With Marilyn2
A Seperation2


**Movie buffs who missed the earlier screenings of Golden Globes and Oscars worthy films will be pleased to know that Cathay Cineplexes will be exhibiting the films for a second time. 

Following the recent Golden Globe Awards and upcoming Oscars, Cathay Cineplexes will be bringing back to the big screen "The Artist", "Ides of March", "Midnight in Paris" and "50/50" for a duration of one week – 26 January to 1 February 2012.