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Academy Award Nominations

Director Martin Scorsese has said he made Hugo so he could make a film he and his daughter could enjoy together.  That sentiment has clearly resonated with Oscar voters, who rewarded Scorsese's adaptation of the Brian Selznick children's book with a leading eleven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.  Nominations were announced Tuesday morning in Beverly Hills, California.

The black-and-white critical favorite The Artist follows close behind Hugo, with ten nominations including Best Director and Best Picture, as well as Best Actor for Jean Dujardin and Best Supporting Actress for Bérénice Bejo.  The critically-acclaimed comedy-drama The Descendants won just five nominations but they're in all the right categories, including Best Picture, Best Director for Alexander Payne, and Best Actor for George Clooney.  Clooney's joined in the Best Actor category by his pal Brad Pitt, who earned a nod for Moneyball, which itself has a total of six nominations, including Best Picture.  Rounding out the Best Picture category are Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Tree of Life, and War Horse.

The 84th annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, February 26, live on ABC.  Billy Crystal returns as host.

For a complete list of nominees, visit  Oscars website.  Here are the nominees in the major categories:

Best Picture
The Descendants
The Artist
The Help
Midnight in Paris
War Horse
The Tree of Life

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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

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

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, The Beginners
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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

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

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01/24/2012 9:30AM
Academy Award Nominations
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