Oscars: Hugo has 11 nominations, The Artist has 10

 

Asa Butterfield and Sir Ben Kingsley in a scene from Martin Scorsese's Hugo

Martin Scorsese's 3D epic adventure film Hugo leads the charge at this year's Academy Awards with 11 nods, including best film and director.

French comedy The Artist is up for 10 awards, including best film, director, actor and supporting actress.

Meryl Streep receives her 17th Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, while George Clooney and Brad Pitt are up for best actor.

The winners will be announced in Los Angeles on 26 February.

Seven other films are in competition for the best picture prize alongside The Artist and Hugo.

They are War Horse, Moneyball, The Tree Of Life, Midnight In Paris, The Help, The Descendants, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo The Artist has been stealing the show at other awards ceremonies in the run-up to the Oscar nominations

Both Hugo and The Artist are love-letters to cinema and reflect an appreciation for the silent era.

Scorsese's movie is a heartwarming family tale about an orphaned boy living in a French railway station.

The Artist tells the story of an actor put out of work by the advent of the "talkies".

Oscar nomination film tally

  • Hugo - 11
  • The Artist - 10
  • The Help - 6
  • Moneyball - 6
  • War Horse - 6
  • The Descendants - 5
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - 4
  • Midnight in Paris - 4

Michel Hazanavicius received nods for writing and directing the comedy, while his wife Berenice Bejo was named in the best supporting actress category.

Bejo said she was "overjoyed and filled with happiness" after hearing of the nominations, while Hazanavicius said the film's impressive tally of nominations was "far beyond what I ever imagined".

Jean Dujardin, who stars in the film, will compete for best actor along with George Clooney (The Descendants), Demian Bichir (A Better Life), Brad Pitt (Moneyball) and British actor Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

It is Oldman's first nomination, after more than 30 years on the big screen.

The British star said: "You may have heard this before, but it has never been truer than it is for me today: It is extremely humbling, gratifying, and delightful to have your work recognized by the Academy, and to join the celebrated ranks of previous nominees and colleagues. Amazing."

Gary Oldman in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, courtesy of Studiocanal

Streep, who is up for best actress, already had more Oscar nominations than any other actor before the Academy announced its 2012 shortlist.

She has now pulled further ahead from Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, who have 12 nods each and are in second place.

The 62-year-old has won twice, for Kramer vs Kramer and Sophie's Choice.

Other contenders in this year's best actress category are Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Viola Davis (The Help), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn).

Woody Allen picked up a best director nomination for his 41st movie Midnight In Paris. His competition comes from Scorsese, Hazanavicius, Terrence Malick (The Tree Of Life) and Alexander Payne (The Descendants).

Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer in The Help Civil rights drama The Help has six nominations

Co-stars of The Help Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain (pictured above) will go head to head for the best supporting actress prize.

Melissa McCarthy and Britain's Janet McTeer complete the category for their roles in Bridesmaids and Albert Nobbs respectively.

It is McTeer's second Oscar nod, following recognition for 1999's Tumbleweed.

Surprises

British star Kenneth Branagh will vie for the best supporting actor title, after playing one of his childhood idols in My Week With Marilyn.

George Clooney and Meryl Streep George Clooney and Meryl Streep are nominated in the best acting categories

"It was a rare honour to play Sir Laurence Olivier," he told the BBC. "To be recognised by the Academy for doing so is overwhelming. I'm absolutely thrilled."

Branagh's challengers are Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Nick Nolte (Warrior), Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close).

Christopher Plummer is also on the shortlist for the movie Beginners, in which he plays an elderly father who comes out of the closet.

With a career that spans 60 years, Plummer's work largely went unrecognised until two years ago, when he was nominated in the supporting actor category for his portrayal of Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station.

If he wins this time, the 82-year-old will become the oldest ever actor to receive an Oscar, surpassing Jessica Tandy who was 80 when she was named best actress for Driving Miss Daisy.

The honour could alternatively go to supporting actor nominee von Sydow, who is also 82.

Kung Fu Panda 2 was recognised in the animated film category, along with A Cat In Paris, Chico And Rita, Puss In Boots and Rango.

Iranian film A Separation, which recently triumphed at the London Critics Circle awards, received two nods, including best foreign language movie and original screenplay.

As always, there were some surprises. Steve McQueen's controversial film Shame, starring Michael Fassbender as a sex addict, was notably absent from the nominations.

We Need To Talk About Kevin and Drive, both of which have proven popular with voters at other awards ceremonies, were also missing from the Academy's longlist.

 

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    Comment number 44.

    oops, I forgot The Descendants 6.5/10 and now I've had to wait 10 minutes before I can post this.
    I could have given The Help 8/10, but as it claimed to be totally accurate and turned out to only be 'based on a true story', the reality being the main character kept virtually all money made and the servants got pennies, so I'll leave it at 7/10.

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    Comment number 43.

    Happy to see 'A Separation' nominated, I feel it's a sure win for Best Foreign Picture... Well at least I should hope so!

    Also glad to see that Melissa McCarthy and Rooney Mara weren't overlooked!

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    Comment number 42.

    Andy Serkis? the man did a better job acting the part of a monkey then would have been the case had they actually gone and cast and then sufficiently trained an ape for the role!! A far more rounded characterization as Cesar then Streep gives as the ever-so-put upon and downtrodden former Prime Minister.

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    Comment number 41.

    How anyone could award Streep an Oscar or anything else in this film I’ve no idea. Without doubt the worst attempt by anyone to sound like Margaret Thatcher and definitely the worst ever political film.

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    Comment number 40.

    The Artist is very well deserving in its 10 nominations. One of the best films in recent years. For this one, believe the hype.

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    Comment number 39.

    HUGO has lost about $100million at the box office and its nominated 11 times! LOL!

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    Comment number 38.

    maybe it should go back to 5 nominations for best picture or have something like a mainstream category. War Horse might have been good but it's not going to win is it - far too crowd-pleasing for the academy. Having 9-10 films up for the award diminshes the act of getting nominated

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    Comment number 37.

    finally, a nomination for Oldman. he deserves it for the career hes had. No more "best actor never to be nominated for an oscar".

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    Comment number 36.

    I'm glad about Hugo, a wonderful film from a brilliant director that demonstrates 3D can really enhance a film.

    I wouldn't describe it as an "epic adventure" though. It mostly takes place in one railway station.

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    Comment number 35.

    Hugo 7.5/10
    War Horse 3/10
    The Artist 8.5/10
    Moneyball 1/10
    The Tree Of Life 7.5/10
    Midnight In Paris 5.5/10
    The Help 7/10
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 6/10

    But none of them are as good as Drive or We Need to Talk About Kevin, the lead actors Ryan Gosling and Tilda Swinton both gave performances that make those who were actually nominated seem soap opera standard at best.

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    Comment number 34.

    U15112749 "Self congratulating of overpaid mostly bad actors while people starve and struggle to survive." - There is an element of truth of this, but "bad actors"? If you're so acutely aware of what constitutes "good acting", then why don't you take it up yourself? You wouldn't be making this point if you were wealthy, so why don't you try to break from the shackles of your own class?

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    Comment number 33.

    What? - No nomination for the dog?

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    Comment number 32.

    HUGO, 11 oscars?

    Hollywood so badly wants 3D to succeed. They see dollars.

    The public don't want 3D gimmicks. 3D this, 3D that! Go away!

    They want better stories, more experimentation, gritty filmmaking, how about stuff from new filmmakers for a change?

    Money grabbing hollywood producers, how I loath you!!!

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    Comment number 31.

    Anything to do with Margaret Thatcher should be given a wide birth. I like Meryl Streep, but really, what the heck was she thinking when she chose this role.....

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    Comment number 30.

    I haven't gone to the movies in sooooo long - part of my self-imposed austerity package. Also I don't care who wins Oscars, and who doesn't because I can't remember the last time that I agreed with the winner.

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    Comment number 29.

    We've had Oscar wins for actors pretending to be Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Johnny Cash's wife, Idi Amin among others. Now we've got Williams/Streep being Marilyn Monroe and Maggie Thatcher. Could we give an award to someone who is actually ACTING and not just IMPERSONATING

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    Comment number 28.

    Glad to see the wonderful Hugo get some recognition. It was in and out of the box office because people evidently prefer dancing penguins and a handful of innuendos for the adults to good old fashioned storytelling these days

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    Comment number 27.

    James, Hugo scores 7.5 on the user review on metacritic, 8.2 on imdb and 85% audience review on Rotten Tomatoes. I would hardly call that "panned by the vast majority of normal people"

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    Comment number 26.

    The major glaring omission from the nominations which didn't even make the long list is Senna which has been acclaimed world-wide and done huge business. The Academy obviously think that a film made up of clips and voice interviews without "talking heads" doesn't count as a documentary.

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    Comment number 25.

    James - You are so wrong about Hugo. It may not have struck a chord with 'ordinary' cinema goers but it was a critical success and the use of 3D was outstanding. It was by far my favourite film of last year and a deserving nominee.

 

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