2012 Oscar Nominations Announced; HUGO and THE ARTIST Lead the Pack

     January 24, 2012


The nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards have finally been unveiled. Many of the categories have fallen in line just as most have predicted (I fared alright with my predictions, but not great), with Hugo scoring 11 nods, followed closely by The Artist with 10. The biggest surprises are War Horse and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting in for Best Picture, the exclusion of The Adventures of Tintin from Best Animated Feature, and The Tree of Life nabbing Best Picture and Best Director nods (hooray!). On the snub side of things, despite landing the most precursor critics awards of any other actor in the race thus far, Albert Brooks was denied a Best Supporting Actor nod for his stellar work in Drive (boo). Additionally, Tilda Swinton was overlooked for giving the best performance of the year in We Need to Talk About Kevin, and AMPAS has no love for Michael Fassbender‘s haunting work in Shame.

There’s still plenty to be happy about, as Gary Oldman has his first ever Oscar Nomination (yes, that’s right) and Melissa McCarthy is a Best Supporting Actress nominee. Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees. The 84th Academy Awards will be presented by Billy Crystal on February 26th.

the-artist-movie-posterBEST PICTURE

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

[Adam's Note: The big shocker here is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The drama has landed virtually no precursor award recognition and most had completely written it off. Also surprising is the inclusion of War Horse, as it's near shut-out from the guilds had many pegging it dead. That said, I'm extremely happy about The Tree of Life.]


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

[Here Malick takes the spot that David Fincher held in the DGA nods. No argument from me, as I admire both films, but don't expect Malick to show up at the ceremony.]


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

[Lots to be happy about here with Oldman and Pitt (Oldman's first nomination ever), but Michael Fassbender's snub is extremely upsetting. That feeling, Academy? That's shame.]

girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-international-poster-02BEST ACTRESS

  • 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

[I'm pretty happy to see Mara recognized for Dragon Tattoo, but the exclusion of Tilda Swinton's brilliant work in We Need to Talk About Kevin is ridiculous. She gave the best performance of the year in my opinion, and absolutely deserves at least a nomination.]


  • Berenice Bejo – The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain – The Help
  • Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
  • Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
  • Octavia SpencerThe Help

[No big surprises here. I'm glad to see Chastain recognized. The perfect topper for an incredible year for the breakout star.]


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

[Another major oversight here in the other supporting category. Really? You're just gonna ignore Albert Brooks in Drive? Alrighty then.]

bridesmaids-movie-poster-largeBEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
  • Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo – Bridesmaids
  • J.C. Chandor – Margin Call
  • Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
  • Asghar Farhadi – A Separation

[The surprise here is Chandor, as many had pegged either Will Reiser for his terrific 50/50 script or Todd McCarthy for Win Win to take that final spot, though it's nice to see Wiig and Mumolo singled out. ]


  • Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash – The Descendants
  • John Logan – Hugo
  • George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willomon – The Ides of March
  • Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin – Moneyball
  • Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

[Really happy to see Ides of March and Tinker Tailor here, but the clear frontrunner is that cracker-jack script for Moneyball]


  • Bullhead - Belgium
  • Footnote - Israel
  • In Darkness - Poland
  • Monsier Lazhar - Canada
  • A Separation - Iran

rango-movie-poster-hi-res-01BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • A Cat in Paris
  • Chico & Rita
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango

[I did not see two foreign films landing nods in this category and knocking The Adventures of Tintin out, but my horse in this race is Rango so it's no skin off my nose.]


  • The Artist
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • War Horse


  • Guillaume Schiffman – The Artist
  • Jeff Cronenweth –The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Robert Richardson –Hugo
  • Emmanuel Lubezki –The Tree of Life
  • Janusz Kaminski –War Horse

[This one has to be Lubezki's to lose. Tree of Life is gorgeous]


  • Anonymous
  • The Artist
  • Hugo
  • Jane Eyre
  • W.E.


  • Hell and Back Again
  • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
  • Pina
  • Undefeated


  • The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
  • God is the Bigger Elvis
  • Incident in New Baghdad
  • Saving Face
  • The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom


  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Hugo
  • Moneyball


  • Albert Nobbs
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • The Iron Lady

hugo-movie-poster-02BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • John Williams – The Adventures of Tintin
  • Ludovic Bource –The Artist
  • Howard Shore – Hugo
  • Alberto Iglesias –Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • John Williams –War Horse

[Happy to see the Tinker score recognized here, but my favorite of the year was Shore's beautiful Hugo score. Somewhat surprisingly, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' score for Dragon Tattoo failed to get a nod]


  • “Man or Muppet” – The Muppets
  • “Real in Rio” –Rio

[While it's disappointing to see only two nominees (as I would have liked to see a couple Muppets numbers performed on Oscar night), I'm extremely happy to see Bret McKenzie's Man or Muppet singled out.]


  • Dimanche/Sunday
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
  • La Luna
  • A Morning Stroll
  • Wild Life

drive-movie-poster-02BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE-ACTION)

  • Pentecost
  • Raju
  • The Shore
  • Time Freak
  • Tuba Atlantic


  • Drive
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Hugo
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • War Horse


  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Hugo
  • Moneyball
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • War Horse


  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • Hugo
  • Real Steel
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon

  • The Arctic Space Jockey

    Your Supporting Actor/Actress lists should be the other way around.

    • Aaliyah

      Totally agree Mark, they nominated him because of the fact that it was a ‘departure’ from his stupid comedies and it’s a Brad Pitt film (don’t get me started on him) of course.

      • Aaliyah

        Doh’! replied to the wrong comment, apologies.

  • The Arctic Space Jockey

    The Academy clearly hates David Fincher. Alas. The absence of TINTIN from the Best Animated Feature is shocking. But RANGO will win, fortunately.

  • Darth Vader

    The Artist is going to win the Best picture !! mark my words

    I m not a fan of The Artist but I can predict this predictable show …

  • K

    Go Rango, go Rango!

  • occhile1984

    My predictions and Reality….(and I’m just naming the top categories…):

    Best Picture – The Descendants (who will probably win, The Artist)

    Best Director – Alexander Payne – The Descendants

    Best Actor – Brad Pitt – Moneyball (who will probably win, George Clooney)

    Best Actress – Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    (who will probably win, Meryl Streep)

    Best Supporting Actor – Anyone but Jonah Hill….YOU ARE NOT FUNNY you pudgy litte goofball!!!

    Best Supporting Actress – Meilssa McCarthy – Bridesmaids

    Best Screenplay – Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo – Bridesmaids (who will probably win…Woodey Allen)

    Best Adapted Screenplay – Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin – Moneyball

    Best Score – Gee…is John Williams in there? Sadly enough, they left out Trent Reznor for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Cliff Martinez for Drive.

    Shocking also that Leo was left out of best actor and that Extremely Loud made it to the Best Picture List. Just giving my two sense…

  • Justin Brogan

    Whaaaaaaaaaat? No Andy Serkis nomination? I am disappoint.

  • John

    Total shame on the Academy for not giving Fassy a nod.

    • Mike

      Fassbender was robbed.

      And no love for Young Adult at all? Pft.

  • Stephen Staunton

    With regards the Best Animated Feature category, Chico and Rita is a pretty fantastic film, but I’ve never heard of A Cat in Paris

  • Caboose

    No Fassbender? No Gosling? No Tilda? No Senna? Fuck this shit

  • I Am Ledger

    Tilda Swinton is a MAN, baby!

    Also, Drive sucked.

    • Evan

      Thanks for recognizing that Drive sucked. As much as a SMALL MINORITY of people love Drive, that love doesnt make it Oscar-worthy (for example i LOVED Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but it didn’t merit any noms outside of technical ones).

  • Nick

    No Andy Serkis? For shame! But seriously this has to be tied with the most boring Ooscar field in the last decade with The Hurt Locker year… Ugh, its not that any of the movies are bad, there is just nothing that pops out at you and gets you excited to see if it wins.

  • Romanovich

    I’m mostly ok with the nominees, but no Kirsten Dunst???? She’s been snubbed the whole season!!!!!

    And Michelle Williams over Tilda Swinton… just no.

  • Sugreev2001

    This movie getting a nomination over a movie like 50/50 is disgraceful.Don’t get me wrong.Tom Hanks is one of my favorite stars of all time,and Max Von Sydow is one of the best actors in history…but this movie was downright panned by everyone.I’d expect a movie like this to get a Golden Globe nomination,but not an Oscar Nomination for Best Picture.

  • JerJer

    Oddly enough, the nominees and those films that won for best poster and trailer are almost identical… Heres the link to the 2011 TFI Awards… http://thefilminformant.com/2011-tfi-awards/
    Just shows that when you produce quality marketing material, you tend to produce good movies…

    • GammaRay

      Thats pretty sweet. good find!

  • Mark

    Worst. Oscar list in quite some time. A lot of upsets. The words “Oscar nominee Jonah Hill” make me sick. The academy REALLY hates Drive.

  • Sara

    seriously Ides of March as best script. that film was so stupid…. I loved “Good night, Good luck” but Ides of March was so bad, that one time i wanted to leave the cinema.

  • Bobmann

    Gary Oldman!!

  • occhile1984

    David Fincher robbed…Michael Fassbender….robbed…Drive robbed…

    I’m rooting with anything with The Descdants and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo…best movies on the lists.

  • Disco Violenza

    No Drive! what a joke the oscars are.

  • Rockslide

    That is pretty crazy to see a year with Pixar not even nominated for any awards. Scratch that, I just learned that La Luna is Pixar. Still, no feature nomination is a strange sight. (I realize Cars 2 wasn’t the best film in the world)

    • Dodge_hickey

      Kinda hoped Cars 2 would get a nod

      (Pixar did a visually impressive job as usual)

      My two big surprises are Michael Fassbender and Will Riser (screenwriter for 50/50)

  • sal

    So I guess this year the Academy Awards are more sold out than ever. Why do they even bother? They are congratulating themselves for movies they only watch and most of the time they are not even that good. I don’t want to name a picture in particular but I’ve seen most of them and I can’t understand why half of them are even nominated. Shame Hollywood.

  • tk421

    The acting nominations are all fucked up. Fassbender, Swinton and Brooks. Simple. Yet, Gosling didn’t even get nominated for Blue Valentine last season, so what do you expect? Tree of Life deserves the recognition it got. Best movie of the year. Along with Drive.

  • colin.

    the only two best pic nominees i haven’t seen are the two people seem to be surprised about (The Incredibly Loud and Incredibly Close War Horse).

    good list overall and i’m very happy that Hugo got a bunch of nominations. now maybe people will go see it. oh and i just wanted to say cheers to all you Tree of Life haters. hope you enjoy that half empty glass of water.

  • Enuffallready

    No Drive?! No Fassbender?! Jonah hill best supporting actor?! No andy serkis? Worst nominees ever other than a few things, pretty awful. Thoughts?.

    Tinker tailor shit pie….horrible long film, with too many homoerotic undertones that make no sense.

    Next year best picture will be , episode one 3 D hahahaha, i wasss only kidding!

  • Kent

    Tin Tin wasn’t nominated for Best Animated Feature because the Academy doesn’t recognize motion capture as true animation, which is understandable. I believe their definition of animation is making something from nothing, and motion capture is technically animating from a live source so it’s not considered “animation.”

    • WAN

      Tintin is not nominated sad, motion capture is not animation so says the Oscars. Yet couple of years aho Monster House was nominated yet that was Motion Captured. No Andy Serkis too instead the went for Jonah Hill. No Fassbander shish…I think it will be a predictable winners with those kind of nomination.

      • Kent

        Hmm, that’s a good point. Maybe the Academy is pulling off a double standard this year.

      • Kent

        Hmm, you make a very good point. The Academy is probably pulling off a double standard.

  • Kent

    The Academy doesn’t consider Tin Tin an animated film, which is why it’s most likely not nominated. Their definition of animation is making something from nothing (that’s not their exact words, but it gets the point across), and Tin Tin is motion capture, which is animating from a captured source. I kind of have to agree with The Academy on this one, but that doesn’t make Tin Tin any less than a great film.

  • Strong Enough

    I can guarantee a foreign film will win Animated feature.

  • Evan

    This is easily one of the worst Oscar lists in quite some time (but then again, it wasnt a great movie year, when Dragon Tattoo had a creidble chance to be in, the year was pretty mediocre). Drive definitely didn’t deserve love outside of MAYBE costume, score, and Finney (for playing against-type, though he was hammy) so no upset there. Extremely Loud? The Help? War Horse? No Elizabeth Olsen or Anna Pacquin? Ill join the Michael Fassbender outcry when he had three(!) films where he was worthy. My only hope is that somehow something stops Transformers from winning an Oscar. Ah well, nothing i actually LOVE to hate than the Oscars, can’t wait til the show.

  • excpired

    Man or Muppet was funny, but I think Life’s a Happy Song was a lot better of a number.

    Glad to see him nominated though, and I hope he wins!

  • Faiz Aziz

    It’s lugubrious that no love for DRIVE is sowed, truly the movie event of the year, i also gotta say that Andy Serkis should have been nominated, ’cause boy was i startled by the sheer amount of intensity n’ verve that oozed out of Caesar, but well, i guess the academy got it right for recognizing Gary Oldman, that guy was overdue for a nod, n’ he also truly was the heart of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, so it’s a given. An admission of Nick Nolte for the best supporting actor was also soothing, since i never thought The Academy would recognize anything from Warrior. Joseph Gordon-Levitt n’ Tilda Swinton should also have been honored with a nod, Tilda Swinton in Particular. All in all, the world of movies in 2011 has been unsettling n’ Disconsolating quality-wise, nothing stood out n’ allured like no other like Inception or The Social Network for instance. But still, 2012 is shaping up to be miraculously promising!

  • Max

    The simple fact that THE UNTALENTED SACK OF SHIT Jonah Hill is given an Oscar nomination and THE GENIUS ALBERT BROOKS is snubbed is proof positive that Academy is WORTHLESS!!!


    They’re as important now as the Cable Ace Awards.

  • BobLoblaw

    Two of Hollywood’s biggest stars (Hanks and Bullock) make a film that, as it turns out, draws a lukewarm reception from critics and fans alike and is under-performing at the box office, and now it gets to add “Oscar nominee for Best Picture” to its trailer while it’s still in wide release?

    Smells fishy.

    • colin.

      you sir, are a mouth full.

  • Randy

    Just the fact that Glenn Close got nominated is quite satisfactory to me…That was one haunting performance!

  • Zach

    The academy has progressed every year at having their heads up their asses. I think it’s finally reached the point for me where I won’t be watching em anymore. Some of the films nominated were good but there’s plenty of films that got no recognition that were just as good if not better. Giving the best picture award to that heaping pile of shit The King’s Speech last year was enough to turn me off but seeing how the academy is only getting worse with the politics I think it’s time to tune out. It’s near impossible to take them serious anymore.

  • titan3

    lol, Academy Award Nominee Jonah Hill (!!!) but Fassbender, Hardy, and Leo got the shaft. Wonder why people don’t really care about the Oscars that much anymore.

  • ana

    I am going to sound silly, but OMG there’s two Mexicans nominated!! Yay Mexico!! hahaha :P

  • Nick

    as much as the snubs for Fassbender, Swinton, and Drive bother me, the thing that bugs me the most is that nobody is even talking about Michael Shannon in Take Shelter or Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene. And Charlize Theron also deserves some credit for Young Adult. They really screwed this year up pretty bad

    • Thomas

      I completely agree. There are an incredible amount of nods that i don’t even understand how happened.
      No nod for Serkis either. Which is just incredibly ridiculous. Two best scores of year got left off in Hanna and Dragon Tattoo.
      Academy clearly hates Fincher, this year i get, but they keep just ignoring perfection. I mean in 2007 they didn’t give Zodiac any credit and that’s just about a perfect film.
      It’s sad when films like Incredibly Close and War Horse take nods away from deserving films. Drive, Shame, and Dragon Tat shouldve got nods over both.

      Kind of shocked that the Academy actually gave credit where credit is due for Nick Nolte’s performance of the year in Warrior.

  • Zeus

    Best Picture – The Artist
    *Really want: The Tree of Life … Also I loved Hugo
    *Really wanted nominated: Drive / Take Shelter

    Best Director – Martin Scorsese
    *Really want: Terrence Malick

    Best Actor: Jean Dujardin
    *Really wanted nominated: Michael Fassbender

    Best Actress: (Well, I didn’t see any of those movies)

    Best Supporting Actress: Berenice Bejo (I fell in love with her character)

    Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks oh, that isn’t a choice :-(

    Best Original Screenplay: Can’t say I didn’t see Paris or Separation

    …more nominations…

    Cinematography: Tree of Life

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