The Help And The Artist Lead Oscar Nominations
The Help and The Artist will be the films to beat at the 2012 Academy Awards after landing four Oscar nominations apiece.
The two movies both landed nods for Best Picture, competing against War Horse, Moneyball, The Descendants, Hugo, The Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
The Help also scooped acting honors for Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain, while silent film The Artist picked up nominations for Berenice Bejo and Jean Dujardin and a nod in the Best Director category for Michel Hazanavicius.
Demian Bichir (A Better Life), George Clooney (The Descendants), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Brad Pitt (Moneyball) will compete against The Artist star Dujardin in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category while Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Nick Nolte (Warrior), Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) will duke it out for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role aside from The Help's Davis include Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) and in the race for Best Actress in a Supporting Role alongside The Artist's Bejo and The Help stars Chastain and Spencer are Melissa MCCarthy (Bridesmaids) and Janet MCTeer (Albert Nobbs).
The award nominations were announced at a press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday (24Jan12) by Winter's Bone star Jennifer Lawrence and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak.
The 84th annual Academy Awards ceremony will take place on 26 February (12) at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, and will be hosted by veteran Billy Crystal.
The major list of nominees is as follows:
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Demian 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
Best Supporting Actor:
Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Max von Sydow - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Best Supporting Actress:
Berenice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Melissa MCCarthy - Bridesmaids
Janet MCTeer - Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer - The Help
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Martin Scorsese - Hugo
Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life