The 2012 Oscar nominees were announced on this morning, and while the front runners all got their nods, there a number of surprises and snubs, as well.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences paid homage Tuesday morning to the early days of cinema by bestowing the lion's share of Oscar nominations on two films that are valentines to the early days of cinema.
"Hugo," Martin Scorsese's heartfelt love letter to filmmaking, earned the most nominations with 11, including best picture, best director and best screenplay as well as several technical Oscars. "The Artist," the low-budget black-and-white silent movie that offers a glimpse of Hollywood during its transition to the "talkies" earned 10 nominations, including nods for best picture, best director, screenplay, actor and supporting actress.
The Artist with 10 nods for Hollywood’s top cinema awards.
The third most nominations went to baseball movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and veteran director Steven Spielberg’s equine epic War Horse, which each got six nods.
Hugo’s nominations included the best picture category, where it is up against eight other movies including The Artist, which has been a favorite for the Oscars after a string of wins and nods in other awards shows.
The list's as follows:
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Michel Hazanivicus, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life
NOTE:The ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre.