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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.


 

Enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray

By MSN Movies Thu 8:08 AM

By Universal Studios Home Entertainment

 

A mischievous squirrell is on a mission to find hte tastiest nuts for winter in this action-packed animated comedy.

 

A movie for the whole family, includes the voices of Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl and Maya Rudolph.

 

You can now watch the fun-filled adventure unfold on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

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"The Nut Job" is now out on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

 

 

Enter to win a movie prize pack

By MSN Movies Wed 8:05 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

Inspired by true events, a professor and a team of University students outside of London conduct an "experiment" on a young girl who holds unspeakable secrets and dark forces. What they uncover is more terrifying than any of them expected.

 

To celebrate the upcoming release of "The Quiet Ones" one lucky winner will be selected to win a movie prize pack which includes a T-shirt, movie poster, an Amazon gift card and more!

 

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Watch the horror unfold when "The Quiet Ones" opens in theaters April 25.

 

 

Enter to win a Sony HD Memory Action Camcorder

By MSN Movies Apr 10, 2014 9:24AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Relativity Media

 

Horror unfolds for the Russell family as the siblings Tim and Kaylie try to uncover the supernatural force that caused the death of their parents. An antique mirror holds the key to the answers they've been looking for but will their reality be shattered once again by terrifying events that will unfold?

 

Experience the horror of "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

In the meantime, to celebrate the release, we're giving away a Sony HD Flash Memory Action Camcorder to one lucky fan! Here's how to enter.

 

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Yes, it's that easy. Good luck and be sure to check out "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

 

 

Courtesy of 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,' one lucky winner will be selected

By MSN Movies Apr 8, 2014 8:14AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Home Media Distribution

 

You can now experience the horror and black magic of "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" as the shocking extended version is now out on Blu-ray and DVD, intense new footage not seen in theaters!

 

This new chapter in the series takes the phenomenal horror franchise to new hights set in a gritty urban environment.

 

To celebrate the release, one lucky winner will be selected to win an Xbox One console! To enter, follow these steps.

 

 

 

 

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Yes, it's that easy.  Good luck and be sure to check out "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" on digital, Blu-ray and DVD!

 

 

 

 

An inside look at a Hobbit's journey

By MSN Movies Apr 7, 2014 7:53AM

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Get an inside look at the characters and the mystery of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" through this exclusive infographic and enjoy the adventure as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is out on Blu-ray and digital HD on April 8.

 

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Enter to win an Xbox One console!

By MSN Movies Mar 11, 2014 8:31AM

Paramount Pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Pictures

 

Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd return to take the news world by storm in the outrageous comedy "Anchorman 2." After losing his job to his wife, Ron Burgundy reassembles the news team and squares off against a new rival. Watch the comedy unfold as "Anchorman 2" is now available on digital release.

 

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In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive behind the scenes look at "Anchorman 2."

 

Tyler Perry's latest film hits theaters March 14

By MSN Movies Mar 10, 2014 8:15AM

Lionsgate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

In this latest Tyler Perry film, five single moms come together to find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood. Through their bond, they learn to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way as single moms.

 

To celebrate the release of "The Single Mom's Club" we're giving away a fun movie prize pack to one lucky fan!  Enter to win and be sure to check out "The Single Moms Club" when it hits theaters on March 14.

 

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Oscar nominated film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney now available on DVD

By MSN Movies Feb 24, 2014 8:47AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Disaster strikes as Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). Left alone, Dr. Stone in the darkness must try to figure out a way back to Earth.

 

Experience this space brilliant and critically acclaimed space adventure as the Oscar nominated film for Best Picture hits Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25. To celebrate the release we're giving away a copy of the movie to one lucky fan!

 

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"Gravity" is out on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25.

 

 
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