2012 Academy Award Nominees

Here it is, folks… the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The 84th Annual Academy Award nominations were unveiled this morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, and this year there are nine nominees for Best Picture with most of the ones you expected plus a few surprises including Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Moneyball and The Tree of Life. Terrence Malick also got a nod for Best Director, which was great to see even though it seems unlikely that he will win.

Elsewhere, Gary Oldman picked up a nomination for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Jonah Hill snuck in for Best Supporting Actor for Moneyball and Melissa McCarthy got recognized for Bridesmaids. The Adventures of Tintin did not crack the Best Animated Feature line-up, and for the first time ever, neither did Pixar (their spots were stolen by two relatively unknown films, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita). The Muppets managed to score one of only two nods for Best Original Song, and Drive is nowhere to be found in terms of the major awards. What do you think of this year’s nominees? Are there any major upsets here? The winners will be revealed live on Sunday Feb. 26th at 7 pm EST; check out the full list of nominations after the jump.

Best Picture

  • “The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer
  • “The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
  • “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer
  • “The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
  • “Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
  • “Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
  • “Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
  • “The Tree of Life” Nominees to be determined
  • “War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers


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

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Demián 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”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • 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”

Actress in a Leading Role

  • 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”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”
  • Jessica Chastain in “The Help”
  • Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”
  • Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs”
  • Octavia Spencer in “The Help”

Animated Feature Film

  • “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

Art Direction

  • “The Artist”
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
  • “Hugo”
  • “Midnight in Paris”
  • “War Horse”


  • “The Artist” Guillaume Schiffman
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Jeff Cronenweth
  • “Hugo” Robert Richardson
  • “The Tree of Life” Emmanuel Lubezki
  • “War Horse” Janusz Kaminski

Costume Design

  • “Anonymous” Lisy Christl
  • “The Artist” Mark Bridges
  • “Hugo” Sandy Powell
  • “Jane Eyre” Michael O’Connor
  • “W.E.” Arianne Phillips

Documentary (Feature)

  • “Hell and Back Again”
  • “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
  • “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”
  • “Pina”
  • “Undefeated”

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”
  • “God Is the Bigger Elvis”
  • “Incident in New Baghdad”
  • “Saving Face”
  • “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”

Film Editing

  • “The Artist” Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
  • “The Descendants” Kevin Tent
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • “Hugo” Thelma Schoonmaker
  • “Moneyball” Christopher Tellefsen

Foreign Language Film

  • “Bullhead” Belgium
  • “Footnote” Israel
  • “In Darkness” Poland
  • “Monsieur Lazhar” Canada
  • “A Separation” Iran


  • “Albert Nobbs”
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
  • “The Iron Lady”

Music (Original Score)

  • “The Adventures of Tintin” John Williams
  • “The Artist” Ludovic Bource
  • “Hugo” Howard Shore
  • “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Alberto Iglesias
  • “War Horse” John Williams

Music (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

Short Film (Animated)

  • “Dimanche/Sunday” Patrick Doyon
  • “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
  • “La Luna” Enrico Casarosa
  • “A Morning Stroll” Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
  • “Wild Life” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Short Film (Live Action)

  • “Pentecost” Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
  • “Raju” Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
  • “The Shore” Terry George and Oorlagh George
  • “Time Freak” Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
  • “Tuba Atlantic” Hallvar Witzø

Sound Editing

  • “Drive” Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Ren Klyce
  • “Hugo” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
  • “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • “War Horse” Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Sound Mixing

  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • “Hugo”
  • “Moneyball”
  • “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
  • “War Horse”

Visual Effects

  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
  • “Hugo”
  • “Real Steel”
  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
  • “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • “The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
  • “Hugo” Screenplay by John Logan
  • “The Ides of March” Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
  • “Moneyball” Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin
  • “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • “The Artist” Written by Michel Hazanavicius
  • “Bridesmaids” Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
  • “Margin Call” Written by J.C. Chandor
  • “Midnight in Paris” Written by Woody Allen
  • “A Separation” Written by Asghar Farhadi

  • Steve Kasan

    I personally am happy to see Tree of Life and Mr. Terrence Mallick be nominated. However, I am of a biased opinion when it comes to Mallick. I absolutely loved The New World.
    Nice to see Gary Oldman get a nod for Tinker Tailor, however, I see this Oscar’s ceremony re-titled Ocean’s 14. It’s going to be the Clooney/Pitt show, but, they are going to cancel each other out for Jean Dujardin for the win.

  • Drew

    looks like Sean just lost 20 bucks

  • On the contrary… I was the one who said Buck wouldn’t get nominated.

  • Zac

    Albert Brooks deserves better.

  • Kent

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has a 48% Tomatometer.

    I wonder how Stephen Daldry does it to get his shit nominated every time he makes a movie.

  • bert belgium

    even as a belgian, and from the region it was filmed in, i did not like bullhead all that much! So i’d be curious if the filmjunk crew would think it “oscarworthy” !

  • rob

    how is Drive’s only nomination for Soundmixing?!?!!!

  • rob

    ** sound editing i mean…..

  • Falsk

    Um… what the hell is Albert Nobbs!? Haha.

    Also, is no one else perplexed by Nick Nolte’s (omnom)nom?

    Glad Pixar didn’t get anything–EAT IT CARS 2. Would love to see Rango win… but maybe I’m biased.

    Super stoked Undefeated was nominated! Saw it at the Philly Film Festival this fall and stayed for the Q&A with the two directors which was awesome.

  • Mason

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – I seriously thought that was ineligible because it is a January 2012 release. I guess it played on one screen somewhere once in 2011 and that crowd really likes sentimentality.

    Max von Sydow and Christopher Plummer in the same category – 2 guys I often get mixed up in my mind.

    In the effects and technical categories, I’m a little surprised Transformers got a few nods and Super 8 didn’t get any.

  • Zac

    @Mason In regards to the fx and technical categories, Super 8 wasn’t that impressive and pales in comparisson to Attack the Block in pretty much all categories.

  • Aaron

    Time for Frank to pay up! At least he can feel good about all the Hugo noms.

  • I can’t believe Melissa McCarthy got a nom and Albert Brooks didn’t. And wasn’t Paradise Lost 3 a TV Doc? It premiered on HBO did it not? I know it played some festivals, but wasnt that an incomplete cut? Weird.

  • Mason

    Speaking of Attack the Block, it looks like that was a big snub in the Best Foreign Language Film category (a joke). Although I haven’t seen all the films, I think Rise of the Planet of the Apes should win for visual effects.

  • swarez

    Bullhead is amazing. Go Michael Roskam!

  • Wow. Overall, a really disappointing year in terms of the nominations.

  • Drew

    Oh sorry Sean my bad, haha.

  • fatbologna

    Bullhead is indeed very awesome! One of my top ten of last year!

  • Anthony

    Shame 50/50 didn’t get any nominations.

  • Justice

    Well, I’m not surprised 9/11 porn EL&IC got a Best Picture nomination but they can’t even throw Drive a bone?!

  • Jonny Ashley

    I haven’t seen half of the films on the best picture category, but this list doesn’t completely make me want to kill myself for once.

  • Jonny Ashley

    no Buck, OUT OF LUCK

  • I haven’t watched the Oscars since 1998, but still, this is one of the worst nominations lists I can remember seeing.
    The Artist The Artist The Artist Woody Allen Tree of ‘Life’ The Artist, what a fucking joke.

  • The Oscars are a joke, they have been for a while. It’s better to just accept that and move on. I still watch though…

  • jarny

    no 50/50 drive hp warrior shame girl with a dragon tattoo for best movie its a joke plain and simple no nods for gosling another joke

  • Nuno

    It looks like the indie/festival favorites were all ignored. I was expecting to see Shame, Take Shelter and We Need to Talk About Kevin recognized for performances at the very least.

  • Napalm

    Glad Gary Oldman got a nomination. I think he should win. But I have a feeling Cloonster or Pitt will take the award.

    WTF @ Melissa McCarthy being nominated. Honestly, Bridesmaids was overrated as fuck. The second half of that movie was a straight up predictable cheese-fest.

    WTF @ Drive not getting a single nomination. It easily deserves best picture nomination, imo.

    Good to see Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory getting nominated. Wasn’t expecting that. Maybe it’s the recent mainstream media buzz that got it the nomination.

  • Andrew

    AT least Directing and leading actor will be exciting. And best picture could maybe have an upset.