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h3. Actor in a Leading Role

* *Demián Bichir* in "A Better Life"

* *George Clooney* in "The Descendants"

* *Jean Dujardin* in "The Artist"

* *Gary Oldman* in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

* *Brad Pitt* in "Moneyball"

h3. Actor in a Supporting Role

* *Kenneth Branagh* in "My Week with Marilyn"

* *Jonah Hill* in "Moneyball"

* *Nick Nolte* in "Warrior"

* *Christopher Plummer* in "Beginners"

* *Max von Sydow* in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

h3. Actress in a Leading Role

* *Glenn Close* in "Albert Nobbs"

* *Viola Davis* in "The Help"

* *Rooney Mara* in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

* *Meryl Streep* in "The Iron Lady"

* *Michelle Williams* in "My Week with Marilyn"

h3. Actress in a Supporting Role

* *Bérénice Bejo* in "The Artist"

* *Jessica Chastain* in "The Help"

* *Melissa McCarthy* in "Bridesmaids"

* *Janet McTeer* in "Albert Nobbs"

* *Octavia Spencer* in "The Help"

h3. Animated Feature Film

* *"A Cat in Paris"* Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli

* *"Chico & Rita"* Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal

* *"Kung Fu Panda 2"* Jennifer Yuh Nelson

* *"Puss in Boots"* Chris Miller

* *"Rango"* Gore Verbinski

h3. 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

h3. 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

h3. Costume Design

* *"Anonymous"* Lisy Christl

* *"The Artist"* Mark Bridges

* *"Hugo"* Sandy Powell

* *"Jane Eyre"* Michael O'Connor

* *"W.E."* Arianne Phillips

h3. Directing

* *"The Artist"* Michel Hazanavicius

* *"The Descendants"* Alexander Payne

* *"Hugo"* Martin Scorsese

* *"Midnight in Paris"* Woody Allen

* *"The Tree of Life"* Terrence Malick

h3. 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"* \ Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky

* *"Pina"* \ Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel

* *"Undefeated"* \ TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

h3. Documentary (Short Subject)

* *"The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement"* \ Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin

* *"God Is the Bigger Elvis"* \ Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson

* *"Incident in New Baghdad"* \ James Spione

* *"Saving Face"* \ Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

* *"The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom"* \ Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

h3. 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

h3. Foreign Language Film

* *"Bullhead"* Belgium

* *"Footnote"* Israel

* *"In Darkness"* Poland

* *"Monsieur Lazhar"* Canada

* *"A Separation"* Iran

h3. Makeup

* *"Albert Nobbs"* \ Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle

* *"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"* \ Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin

* *"The Iron Lady"* \ Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

h3. 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

h3. 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

h3. Best Picture

* *"The Artist"* Thomas Langmann, Producer

* *"The Descendants"* Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers

* *"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"* Scott Rudin, Producer

* *"The Help"* Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers

* *"Hugo"* Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers

* *"Midnight in Paris"* Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers

* *"Moneyball"* Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers

* *"The Tree of Life"* Nominees to be determined

* *"War Horse**"* Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

h3. Short Film (Animated)

* *"Dimanche/Sunday"* Patrick Doyon

* *"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore"* William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

* *"La Luna"* Enrico Casarosa

* *"A Morning Stroll"* Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe

* *"Wild Life"* Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

h3. Short Film (Live Action)

* *"Pentecost"* Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane

* *"Raju"* Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren

* *"The Shore"* Terry George and Oorlagh George

* *"Time Freak"* Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey

* *"Tuba Atlantic"* Hallvar Witzø

h3. 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

h3. 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

h3. 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

h3. Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

* *"The Descendants"* Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

* *"Hugo"* Screenplay by John Logan

* *"The Ides of March"* Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

* *"Moneyball"* Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin

* *"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"* Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan

h3. Writing (Original Screenplay)

* *"The Artist"* Written by Michel Hazanavicius

* *"Bridesmaids"* Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig

* *"Margin Call"* Written by J.C. Chandor

* *"Midnight in Paris"* Written by Woody Allen

* *"A Separation"* Written by Asghar Farhadi


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Thank you for posting these, filmlover. Having just seen *The Artist*, I can only say how well-deserved the nominations for direction, cinematography, art direction, costumes, and score were, to mention only the most striking ones.


*The Ides of March* belonged in the top nine films of the year, but its dark take on the political scene apparently didn't resonate with some viewers. *The Adventures of Tintin* definitely was one of the top five animated films of the year, even if it got no love from the academy. I'm not usually the one defending Spielberg, but this was a very well-made and quite enjoyable film.


In general, this looks like a reasonable list of nominees. If it encourages more people to see *The Artist* and *Hugo* and fall in love with silent movies, that's definitely all for the good.


I was betting that *Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy* would win a nod for best adapted screenplay, though I think it's one of the worst adaptations of a complicated novel I've ever seen. Though I'd read the novel and seen the mini-series, I struggled to follow the story.



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I hope Christopher Plummer wins for Beginners . I just saw that recently, and it was an excellent movie and an even greater performance by Plummer...quite a daring role for him at his age. There's apparently been a lot of talk about Plumemr and that he might likely win for that movie.

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Yawn. I cant believe how in my younger days I really cared about this. I see they stiffed Leonardo again....Who the hell was that foreign actor? (not the Artist guy)....Guess the big if this year is weather Meryl will finally get another one or they'll keep ignoring her. It's obvious The Artist is going to be the big winner this year. I think Plummer has a lock in his category. The Academy loves people who play gay.......plus it'll be life achievement award of sorts.......He's given so many fine performances.........

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Actually, I haven't seen ANY of the movies nominated. Fiscal and physical limitations keep me from going to the movie theaters. I have to wait for DVD releases, or someone more 'puter moxied to download 'em for me.


But this is one year I have a huge interest in seeing many of the ones listed. Particularly *The Artist*. Followed by *Warhorse* and *Hugo*.



But the thing that has long rankled me about Oscar Night is the presentation of the award for "Best Short". I NEVER get to see them danged things ANYWHERE! Animated or otherwise. And of course, the audience and presenters gush over the winner, as if THEY felt the award was deserved. The only saving grace possibly this year is that Rene Zellweger won't be there squinting and posturing as the world's leading authority on acting. At least as far as I know...






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This list reinforces how much I am not in-step with modern trends.


I have not heard of most of the movies before. I find nothing more than a passing interest in them when I researched them.


There are two I might try to remember to watch if they are appearing the next time HBO or Showtime has a "free preview weekend" on DirecTV.

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There's about five that I'll try & see: IDES OF MARCH, the other George Clooney movie, MONEYBALL, a few more.


For some reason, THE ARTIST & HUGO don't appeal to me. Maybe it's cause there's so much hype around them.


I saw MIDNIGHT IN PARIS & it was good. Not great like some seem to think it is. It was definitely no ANNIE HALL.

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I thought 2011 was a weaker year than 2010 overall but my 3 favorites all got maor nominations: The Artist, Hugo, and Midnight in Paris.


A win for classics and nostaligia this year! :)



I am going to try to see A Separation this Friday, as I do like to see the best foreign film every year (and this seems to be a shoo in to win, unless something goes wrong, which can happen with the Academy).


Haven't seen War Horse yet, and frankly I wasn't that interested...but then it does have Benedict Cumberbatch who I love (he was also in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy which I saw and enjoyed, although I had some issues with it).


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*Yawn. I cant believe how in my younger days I really cared about this. I see they stiffed Leonardo again....Who the hell was that foreign actor? (not the Artist guy)....*


I don't necessarily come on this board to discuss anything other than classic era movies, but I'll give my two cents on the nominations. First of all, DiCaprio SHOULD HAVE BEEN nominated for his turn as Hoover. He was much more believable to me as J. Edgar than he had been as Howard Hughes. not that he didn't do a fine job in THE AVIATOR, but in the several years since that came out he seems to have more gravitas along with the laugh lines and crows feet; he seemed to me a callow teen as HH. Again, I feel he should have been nominated this year, but NOT at the expense of Demián Bichir, the Mexican novela and movie actor, who was deservedly nominated. He starred as a Mexican gardener trying to give his son a better life in A BETTER LIFE. At least here in Los Angeles, it was in movie theaters last year. The best solution IMO is to increase the nominated individuals to 10 per category. Or go the way of the Golden Globes, and 5 for Best in a Drama and 5 for Best in Comedy/Musical. There are always some vital performances that get overlooked.


I've seen most of the movies with nominations, and plan on seeing the others before the awards come around (can't tell you how often I've gone to the movies since Christmas in my attempt to catch up).


Edited by: Arturo on Jan 24, 2012 8:56 PM

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Hey, Im4movies. I remember another year when there were only two nominated songs. It was only a few years ago and Dolly Parton had written a wonderful song for the movie with Felicity Huffman. The only other nomination was for a dreadful rap number (I won't even bother calling it a song). And wouldn't you know it---the rap was the winner.



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Oh yeah, Terrence. That was "It's Hard Out There for a Pimp". I hum it ALL the time while I'm out washing my cars or motorcycles.


(...uh huh...it's REALLY easy to hum THAT one...ya see, like more rap, there's really no melody to it, and so all ya gotta do is somethin' like THIS..."hum, hum, hum, hum...hum hum hum hum"!)


:^0 ;)

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The nominations are decent, but there were definitely some snubs. I am surprised that Harry Potter didn't get nominated for Best Picture; not only did it get rave reviews, but I don't think the series has ever won an Oscar, and the Academy can be very sympathetic. The Best Song category is disappointing; "Life's a Happy Song" and "Star-Spangled Man" should have been in there. I thought that "The Artist", "Hugo", "Moneyball", and "War Horse" were all great movies, with "War Horse" being my favorite, although I think that "The Artist" deserves Best Picture. A silent, old-fashioned movie in 2011- great job to the people behind that movie. I am excited for the ceremony.

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I am sorry to see that Joseph Gordon Leavitt was left out of the Best Actor category. He was wonderful in "50/50", not an easy task to balance both comedy and drama with such a difficult subject.


He did a scene with Anjelica Huston as his mother that was amazing and so real.


Yet Melissa McCarthy gets nominated for crude humor.


Shows how we have declined as a society. While I will admit I found Cheech and Chung to be funny, never in their day would their films have been considered Oscar worthy.

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Although Oscar noms are never fully satisfying (to me or probably to anyone on earth), I can say these are the best I've seen in a while. I'm so glad THE ARTIST (easily, for me, the best film of 2011) got so many nominations. Between the noms and Billy Crystal, my favorite host, this is the first year in ages that I'm actually excited to see the Oscars.

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*Thanks for informing me. I had not seen his name in other lists or prize winners from the end of the year. I figured it must be a film that played in LA to qualify.........*

You're welcome. although in reality this one wasn't one of those that played here for a week (think they gotta do that in NYC also) to qualify for the 2011 Oscars. Rather it was a Latino-themed movie that usually gets a limited general release here for Mexican/Latino audiences (and I guess elsewhere where there is a large demographic of same).
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