The 2012 Oscar Nominations

The 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations have been announced with “Hugo” and “The Artist” leading the pack with eleven and ten nominations respectively.

Also faring well were “Moneyball” & “War Horse” with six, “The Descendants” & “Midnight in Paris” with five, “The Help” with four, and “The Tree of Life” & “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” with three.

There were some big surprises. Good ones included Gary Oldman for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, pretty much the entire supporting actress category, and several inclusions that haven’t really been mentioned in the race so far like Demian Bichir and Max Von Sydow’s performances.

Those were outweighed by the bad ones though – “Shame” scored no nominations at all including Michael Fassbender’s performance. No Tilda Swinton nod for “We Need To Talk About Kevin”. “Tintin” and “Drive” only scored one nomination each and only in ‘Best Score’ and ‘Sound Editing’ rather than ‘Animated Feature’ and ‘Supporting Actor’ where they were shoe-ins.

Critically maligned films like “Albert Nobbs” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” scored several nominations, even the divisive “War Horse” surprised with how well it did.

Here’s the complete list:

BEST PICTURE
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
“The Help”
“Hugo”
“Midnight in Paris”
“Moneyball”
“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Demian Bichir for “A Better Life”
George Clooney for “The Descendants”
Jean DuJardin for “The Artist”
Gary Oldman for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Brad Pitt for “Moneyball”

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis for “The Help”
Rooney Mara for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams for “My Week with Marilyn”

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

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Kenneth Branagh for “My Week with Marilyn”
Jonah Hill for “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte for “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer for “Beginners”
Max Von Sydow for “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Bernice Bejo for “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain for “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy for “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer for “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer for “The Help”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Bullhead” – Belgium
“Footnote” – Israel
“In Darkness” – Poland
“Monsieur Lazhar” – Canada
“A Separation” – Iran

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“A Cat in Paris”
“Chico and Rita”
“Kung Fu Panda 2”
“Puss in Boots”
“Rango”

SCREENPLAY (Adapted)
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash for “The Descendants”
John Logan for “Hugo”
George Clooney, Grant Heslov & Beau Willimon for “The Ides of March”
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin & Stan Chervin for “Moneyball”
Bridget o’Connor & Peter Straughan for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

SCREENPLAY (Original)
Michel Hazanavicius for “The Artist”
Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig for “Bridesmaids”
J.C. Chandor for “Margin Call”
Woody Allen for “Midnight in Paris”
Asghar farhadi for “A Separation”

ART DIRECTION
“The Artist”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two”
“Hugo”
“Midnight in Paris”
“War Horse”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“The Artist”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”

COSTUME DESIGN
“Anonymous”
“The Artist”
“Hugo”
“Jane Eyre”
“W.E.”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Hell and Back Again”
“If a Tree Falls”
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgator”
“Pina”
“Undefeated”

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
“The Barber of Birmingham”
“God is the Bigger Elvis”
“Incident in New Baghdad”
“Saving Face”
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”

FILM EDITING
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“Moneyball”

MAKEUP
“Albert Nobbs”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two”
“The Iron Lady”

MUSIC (SCORE)
John Williams for “The Adventures of Tintin”
Ludovic Bource for “The Artist”
Howard Shore for “Hugo”
Alberto Iglesias for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
John Williams for “War Horse”

MUSIC (SONG)
‘Man or Muppet’ from “The Muppets”
‘Real in Rio’ from “Rio”

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
“Dimanche/Sunday”
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”
“La Luna”
“A Morning Stroll”
“Wild Life”

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
“Pentecost”
“Raju”
“The Shore”
“Time Freak”
“Tuba Atlantic”

SOUND EDITING
“Drive”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“War Horse”

SOUND MIXING
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“Moneyball”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“War Horse”

VISUAL EFFECTS
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two”
“Hugo”
“Real Steel”
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”