Oscar Nominations Announced – Full List of 2012 Academy Awards

by Eric Melin on January 24, 2012

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What are the 2012 Oscar nominations? This morning the 2012 Academy Awards nominations were announced. Here is the complete list of Oscar nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards.“Hugo” leads with 11 nominations, while “The Artist” has 10. “Moneyball” and “War Horse” have 6, “The Descendants” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” have 5, “The Help” and “Midnight in Paris” have 4.

3 Nominations – “Albert Nobbs,” “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2″ and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon,” and “The Tree Of Life.”

2 Nominations – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “The Iron Lady,” “My Week With Marilyn,” and “A Separation.”

Nine movies were nominated as Best Picture, including surprises “The Tree of Life” and “Extremely Loud” & Incredibly Close.” Terrence Malick surprised with a nom for Best Director for “The Tree of Life,” while Tate Taylor from “The Help” was left out. Also left out was Michael Shannon, Michael Fassbender Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, and Albert Brooks. Rooney Mara was a bit of an upset, taking Swinton’s spot, while Melissa McCarthy took Shailene Woodley’s from “The Descendants,” and Max Von Sydow took Brooks’ nomination for “Drive.” Demian Bechir for “A Better Life” and Gary Oldman for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” each earned their first Oscar nominations.

In the animated category, “The Adventures of Tintin” was passed over, while two small films, “A Cat in Paris” and “Chico and Rita,” were nominated. In the song category, there were only two nominations and “Man or Muppet” was chosen over “Life’s a Happy Song” in “The Muppets.” Here are some interesting factoids, snubs, etc. from this year’s Oscar race from THR.

Best Picture
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“The Help”
“Hugo”
“Midnight in Paris”
“Moneyball”
“The Tree of Life”
“Extremely Loud” & Incredibly Close”
“War Horse”

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


the-descendants-2011-movie-posterBest Actor
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Gary Oldman, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”
Demian Bechir, “A Better Life”

Best Actress
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”
Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”


Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”
Max Von Sydow, “Extremely Loud” & Incredibly Close”
Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“The Descendants”
“Hugo”
“Moneyball”
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
“The Ides of March”

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)
“The Artist”
“Bridesmaids”
“Midnight in Paris”
“A Separation”
“Margin Call”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Bullhead,” Belgium
“Monsieur Lazhar,” Canada
“A Separation,” Iran
“Footnote,” Israel
“In Darkness,” Poland

Best Animated Feature Film
“A Cat in Paris”
“Kung Fu Panda 2″
“Chico and Rita”
“Puss in Boots”
“Rango”

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.”

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” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Pina” Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
“Undefeated” TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

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

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

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

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Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Xavier January 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm

There is so much to be angry about this year, real steel getting a nomination and harry potter and transformers for doing the same thing they’ve been doing for x number of films but no Tree of Life (who said visual effects had to be cg), tilda swinton getting pushed out, fassbender and gosling not appearing, shailene woodley and albert brooks absent from supporting, warhorse and extremely loud and incredibly close getting best picture nominations.
There are only a couple of things and that’s Tree of Life making picture and director and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for Oldman, Score and Screenplay

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2 Xavier January 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm

sorry a couple of things that I was happy about

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3 Eric Melin January 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Yeah, Xavier–overall, these were mostly some pretty safe picks. Anything edgy like ‘Drive,’ ‘Melancholia,’ ‘Take Shelter,’ ‘Shame,’ or ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ were either shut out completely or edged out (‘Drive’ got one for sound…)

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4 Xavier January 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm

yeah the picks are so boring, especially given that most of the “safe” movies this year were average to awful (see the artist, moneyball, my week with marilyn, the help, extremely loud and incredibly close and warhorse)

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5 Will Dawson January 25, 2012 at 9:53 am

You know, call me in the minority, but I really liked “The Artist” and I hope it wins Best Picture! It surely is better than most of the other nominations that’s for sure. But then again, I’m a sucker for those kind of movies. Can’t believe “Extremely Loud” got nominated over “Drive” or “Tinker, Tailor”. :P

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6 Will Dawson January 25, 2012 at 9:53 am

That smily face was meant to be a disappointing face. But I think you got that.

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7 Eric Melin January 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

Will- I dug ‘The Artist’ too, but it didn’t even make my Top 10. It’s a well put-together feel-good picture built on a clever premise with charming performances, for sure. But it does have a pretty lackluster third act (until the final dance number), and its totally formulaic and light as a feather. There is more compelling, layered storytelling going on in almost half of the other Oscar nominees this year (specifically ‘Tree of life,’ ‘Hugo,’ ‘Descendants,’ and ‘Moneyball.’). ‘The artist’ would be my fifth choice in that category…

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