And the 84th Annual Academy Awards nominees are…

24 Jan

Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the 2012 Oscar nominees! Jennifer Lawrence (star of the upcoming Hunger Games series and best actress nominee for Winter’s Bone) and Academy president Tom Sherak did the announcing this morning; see below for nominees in the major categories!

Best Picture:

  • The Decendants
  • The Artist
  • The Help
  • Moneyball
  • War Horse
  • The Tree of Life
  • Hugo
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Midnight in Paris

Best Actor:

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

Best Actress:

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

Best Supporting Actor:

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

Best Supporting Actress:

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

Best Director:

  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
  • Michel Hazanaviciu, The Artist
  • Alexandar Payne, The Decendants
  • Martin Scorsese, Hugo
  • Terrance Malik, The Tree of Life

Best Original Screenplay:

  • The Artist
  • Bridesmaids
  • Margin Call
  • A Separation
  • Midnight in Paris

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • The Descendants
  • Hugo
  • The Ides of March
  • Moneyball
  • Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy

Initial thoughts:

  • What was once touted as the year of Ryan Gosling yields no nominations for him! I’m sure he’ll be at the ceremony looking dapper, which is all I ask for anyways
  • No best picture or supporting actor nod for the final Harry Potter film; instead, 3 technical noms in art direction, makeup and visual effects. I would’ve liked to seen Alan Rickman get SOME credit for his portrayal of Severus Snape, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be!
  • Lots of love for The Help, which is awesome!
  • A little surprise, but pleased with Rooney Mara’s nomination for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!
  • The people in the audience at the announcement seemed REALLY excited every time Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was nominated. Could that be an indication of things to come?

All in all, good stuff! Not too many surprises, but lots of solid performances here and some big name nominees that should make for some interesting races! See the full list of nominees here.

What are your initial thoughts here? Any surprises or shoo-ins you see here? Leave a comment!


One Response to “And the 84th Annual Academy Awards nominees are…”

  1. chaugh January 24, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Personally, I’m surprised that Jonah Hill got a nod. I haven’t seen Moneyball but it just seems like something you would never guess considering his previous work. I’m also happy to see that the Muppets got a nomination for Man or Muppet on original song – but why were only two songs nominated? Based on the overall list, I’m prediciting a small viewing audience for the Oscars. Similar to a few years ago when the list was dominated by indie movies, I’m not sure any of these were big and bold enough to really stand out to viewers. I’ll be watching and Billy Crystal will help, but I’m not sure this is going to be one of their best shows. That’s my two cents.

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