French silent film "The Artist" was nominated for 10 Academy Awards on Tuesday, including best picture and a best actor nomination for Jean Dujardin. The Oscar winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Los Angeles on February 26.
AFP - Martin Scorsese's lavish 3D adventure "Hugo" won 11 Oscar nominations Tuesday, just ahead of hotly-tipped silent movie "The Artist" with 10 nods for Hollywood's top awards.
Tied for third were baseball movie "Moneyball" starring Brad Pitt and veteran director Steven Spielberg's equine epic "War Horse," which each got six nods for the Academy Awards, to be presented next month.
Meryl Streep, as expected, was nominated for her gripping performance as former British premier Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady," while those shortlisted for best actor included Pitt and George Clooney.
Foreign language nominees included Iran's powerful drama "A Separation," which won the Golden Globe in that category earlier this month, along with films from Israel, Belgium, Poland and Canada.
"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 show.
The Scorsese movie -- his debut in 3D -- is a visually rich tale set in 1930s Paris, about an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station and is obsessed with clock-making and early film pioneer Georges Melies.
The film stars British teenage actor Asa Butterfield in the title role with Ben Kingsley as Melies and "Borat" and "Bruno" star Sacha Baron Cohen as the lugubrious station inspector.
The other movies nominated for best picture are "The Descendants," "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," "The Help," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball," "The Tree of Life" and "War Horse."
"The Artist" star Jean Dujardin was nominated for best actor, up against Clooney in "The Descendants," Pitt in "Moneyball," Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Demian Bechir in "A Better Life."
Two-time Oscar winner Streep is among best actress nominees for the latest tour de force in her long career, playing Thatcher both in her prime and dementia-shrouded old age.
Also shortlisted were Glenn Close for cross-dressing "Albert Nobbs," Viola Davis from civil rights drama "The Help," Michelle Williams as Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn" and Rooney Mara from "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
"The Artist" has already been nominated for best film by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and won the top prize from the Producers Guild of America (PGA) last week -- both seen as key indicators of Oscars glory.
The film, a tribute to the silent movie era in which a non-talking star battles to save his career after it is torpedoed by the arrival of the "talkies," also won the best picture Golden Globe on January 15.
Up for best foreign language film are "A Separation" by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, along with "Footnote" (Israel), "In Darkness" (Poland), "Monsieur Lazhar" (Canada), and "Bullhead" (Belgium).
The Oscars are to be presented at the Kodak Theatre in Hollyood on Sunday, February 26.
Here are the nominees in the main categories for this year's Oscars, to be handed out at the climax of Hollywood's annual awards season on February 26.
Best picture: "War Horse," "The Artist," "Money Ball," "The Descendents," "The Tree of Life," "Midnight in Paris," "The Help," "Hugo," "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."
Best director: Michael Hazanavicius for "The Artist," Alexander Payne for "The Descendents," Terrence Malick for "The Tree of Life," Woody Allen for "Midnight in Paris," Martin Scorsese for "Hugo."
Best leading actor: Demian 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"
Best leading actress: 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."
Best supporting actor: 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."
Best supporting actress: Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist," Jessica Chastain in "The Help," Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids," Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs," Octavia Spencer in "The Help."
Best foreign language film: "Bullhead" (Belgium), "Footnote" (Israel), "In Darkness" (Poland), "Monsieur Lazhar" (Canada), "A Separation" (Iran).
Best animated feature: "A Cat in Paris," "Chico & Rita," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss in Boots," "Rango."
Date created : 2012-01-24