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Jennifer Lawrence and Tom Sherak reveal the contenders for 10 of the 24 categories

By DannyMiller Jan 24, 2012 7:45AM
Here we are, finally, ready to hear the nominees for the top categories in this year's Oscar race. If you're up at this ungodly hour (it's still pitch black in Los Angeles), you're probably watching actress Jennifer Lawrence and Academy president Tom Sherak live from the packed Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy's Beverly Hills headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard. The announcements aren't going to take very long. Every journalist in town is praying for some surprises and upsets just to add some spice to the biggest of all the awards shows. Still, everyone knows that "The Artist" is going to get a slew of nominations even though it's probably been seen by far less people than most of the films that will be represented today. 

Here we go...

Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo, “The Artist”

Jessica Chastain, “The Help”

Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”

Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”

Octavia Spencer, “The Help”


Actor in a Leading Role

Demian Bichir, “A Better Life”

George Clooney, “The Descendants”

Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”


Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh, “My Week with Marilyn”

Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”

Nick Nolte, “Warrior”

Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Max von Sydow, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”


Actress in a Leading Role

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”


Directing

Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”

Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”

Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”

Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”


Writing (Original Screenplay)

Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

Annie Mumolo and Kristin Wiig, “Bridesmaids”

J.C. Chandor, “Margin Call”

Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”

Asghar Faradi, “A Separation”


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, “The Descendants”

John Logan, “Hugo”

George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon, “The Ides of March”

Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian, “Moneyball”

Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”


Foreign Language Film

“Bullhead” (Belgium)

“Footnote” (Israel)

“In Darkness” (Poland)

“Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)

“A Separation” (Iran)


Animated Feature Film

“A Cat in Paris”

“Chico & Rita”

“Kung Fu Panda 2”

“Puss in Boots”

“Rango”


Best Picture

“War Horse”

“The Artist”

“Moneyball”

“The Descendants”

“The Tree of Life”

“Midnight in Paris”

“The Help”

“Hugo”

“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”


Whew! That was the order the names were read (really fast!) by Sherak and Lawrence. They purposely avoided alphabetical order of the Best Picture nominees this year so that people would have a harder time guessing what was coming. Some real surprises here. In the Best Actor category, I was sure DiCaprio would be honored for "J. Edgar." No nominations for Michael Fassbender or Ryan Gosling but a very happy surprise for Demian Bichir this morning. For Best Actress, I didn't think Rooney Mara stood a chance. She may have edged out indie favorites Kirsten Dunst, Tilda Swinton, and Anna Paquin.


In the supporting categories, I'm shocked that Albert Brooks didn't get nominated for "Drive" (I like Jonah Hill, but really?) and Max von Sydow was a bit of a surprise for "Extremely Loud," especially since he didn't have a single line of dialogue in the film. For the women, I'm glad Chastain made the cut but can't believe Shailene Woodley from "The Descendants" was overlooked. 


No surprises in the Directing category, but a few in the Writing nominations. I didn't expect "Margin Call" or "A Separation" to be cited for original screenplay or, for that matter, "Ides of March" for adapted (making two nominations for George Clooney).


The animated category included a few films that no regular American audiences have seen (good thing the Academy members get those screeners!) but their nominations will go a long way toward getting them a theatrical run. 


And this year's revised rules for Best Picture ended up giving us an odd nine nominations. Among those, I was a little surprised to see "War Horse" and very surprised to see "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close." 


Looking at the complete list, here's a quick rundown of the most nominated films: "Hugo" leads the pack with 11 overall nominations, "The Artist" is close behind with 10, "Moneyball" and "War Horse" nabbed 6, and "The Descendants" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" got 5 each.  


Let the cheers, screams, and accusations begin! We'll be here with much more commentary about these and the rest of the nominations for the 84th Academy Awards. Winners will be announced at the ceremony at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, February 26.


 

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Relativity Media


Hector (Simon Pegg), a quirky psychiatrist decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results. 


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Enter to win the Ultimate Collector's Edition

By MSN Movies Sep 9, 2014 8:28AM



























By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment


One of America's most beloved classics, a winner of 10 Academy Awards -- "Gone With the Wind" celebrates 75 years with the release of the 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition.


Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard and Hattie McDaniel star in this classic epic of the American South. A story of romance, set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, "Gone With the Wind" continues to capture the hearts for generations.


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"Gone With the Wind" 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition is out Sept. 30.


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Enter to win an iPad Air!

By MSN Movies Aug 25, 2014 6:28AM




















By Relativity Media


Pierce Brosnan stars in this action-packed drama as Peter Devereaux -- an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission. As he becomes the target, Devereaux soon realizes there is no one he can trust. "The November Man" is the ultimate cat and mouse game set in the world of international espionage.


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Enter to win a fun prize pack filled with movie goodies

By MSN Movies Aug 13, 2014 8:24AM






















By Lionsgate


Sylvester Stallone returns as Barney Ross in the new installment "The Expendables 3." An incredible cast is lined up in this new era which includes Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz, Mel Gibson with Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


With new blood, The Expendables team members are a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise. Combining old and new, they face their most personal battle yet.


To celebrate the release of "The Expendables 3" on August 15th, we are giving away a fun movie prize pack which includes the following goodies:


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  • Final Poster
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Enter to win an Xbox One

By MSN Movies Jul 15, 2014 9:23AM
Go behind the scenes to see the filmmakers shooting a scene with Russell Crowe.


By Paramount

 

Darren Aronofsky reenvisions the story of Noah's Ark with this Paramount/New Regency production. "In the beginning, there was nothing." So starts this version of the story centered on Noah (Russell Crowe), the man entrusted by God to save the innocent animals of Earth as the rising floodwaters cleansed the planet of mankind's evil.

 

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The outrageous, unrated film debuts on Digital

By MSN Movies Jun 3, 2014 7:35AM

By Paramount Pictures

 

Get ready to see even more pranks and outrageousness in this follow-up to "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" with "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5." Filled with never-before-seen footage and more, you'll get to experience the life of Irving Zisman with a whole new perspective.

 

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Enter to win the comprehensive DVD box set

By MSN Movies May 21, 2014 8:51AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to announce a comprehensive new DVD set "John Wayne: The Epic Collection" which features 40 films starring one of America's most iconic film heroes -- John Wayne. This collection comes packaged in a beautiful box case which also includes a coffee table book and unique collectibles.

 

Photos: John Wayne's iconic movies

 

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You might be chosen as the lucky winner of an Xbox One

By MSN Movies May 20, 2014 7:54AM

By Paramount Pictures

 

Chris Pine and Kevin Costner team up in this action-thriller as a CIA analysist (Pine) and seasoned mentor (Costner). They race against time to prevent a disaster of catastrophic proportions.

 

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