2012 Oscar Nominations: 'The Artist', 'The Descendants' and 'Hugo' Dominate the Academy Field


The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were announced bright and early on Tuesday morning, and it's no surprise to see two critical darlings -- The Artist and The Descendants -- leading the way with a whole host of nods from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. What was surprising was Hugo actually leading in overall nominations, with 11. In individual news, Meryl Streep picked up her 17th nomination, cementing her record as the most-nominated actor or actress of all time. Below, we've got the full list of nominations in all the major categories. If you really care that much about sound editing, you can head on over to the Oscars' website to get a comprehensive list.

Check back here Wednesday morning for full analysis of the nominations.

Best Picture

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

Best Director

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

Best Actor

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

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn” Jonah Hill, “Moneyball” Christopher Plummer, “Beginners” Nick Nolte, “Warrior” Max von Sydow, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo, “The Artist” Jessica Chastain, “The Help” Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids” Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs” Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Best Original Screenplay

“The Artist” “Bridesmaids” “Margin Call” “Midnight in Paris” “A Separation”

Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Descendants” “Hugo” “The Ides of March” “Moneyball” “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

Best Animated Feature

"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

Best Foreign Language Film

"Bullhead" Belgium "Footnote" Israel "In Darkness" Poland "Monsieur Lazhar" Canada "A Separation" Iran

Best 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" Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs "Pina" Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel "Undefeated" TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

Best 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

Most Nominated Films

"Hugo" (11) "The Artist" (10) "Moneyball" (6) "The Descendants" (5)

The Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC at 8 PM ET on Sunday Feb. 26.