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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  • rate this
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    Comment number 64.

    Isn't it wonderful how all these stars and their ceremonies can make it possible to forget that the world economy is disintegrating as we type. I'm just soooo happy that they are able to distract me for a wee while so I can forget all about my irrelevant problems.

    Yes I am employing the use of heavy irony here! Vacuous shower!

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    Comment number 63.

    Very surprised at no best editing nomination for Tree Of Life, and no best documentary nomination for Senna, but otherwise, the list is more or less as expected.

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    Comment number 62.

    Although I enjoyed Hugo I’m a bit surprised it has so many nominations. Maybe it is Hollywood’s way of giving belated recognition to cinema pioneer George Melies. The Artist is enjoyable but eminently forgettable. Disappointed We Need to Talk About Kevin and particularly Tilda Swinton not nominated. It would be nice if Terrence Mallick got some recognition, but Tree of Life is not his best.

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    Comment number 61.

    Great to see "A Seperation" getting some of the acknowledgement it deserves.

    I can't understand why Tilda Swinton isn't even nominated for "We need to talk about Kevin", nor why there was no nomination for "Senna" or "Bobby Fischer Vs the World" for the documentary award

    Elsewhere I thought Hugo"was great, but will Mark Kermode be slightly saddened that there was no nod for Transformers 3

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    Comment number 60.

    Yet again the beeb will waste licence payers money on reporting live at the film industry self-rewarding, pat-on-the back ceremony

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    Comment number 59.

    Great to see Rooney Mara up there as Lisbeth Salander, she was breath taking in that role (queue debate on Rapace's performance :p). Well worthy of a nod - and hopefully a win!
    Good to see Oldman up there for best actor, but i think it's a 3 horse race between Cloony, Pitt & Dujardin.

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    Comment number 58.

    The world aint fair, others get paid more than me blah, blah. What a shock. Grow up and get used to it. It's always been the way. Maggie didn't invent it.

    On the other hand the movies provide employment for thousands of people in the UK. Carpenters, electricians, drivers and a myriad of other jobs that make it work beyond the talent you see on screen.

    That and it provides joy for millions.

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    Comment number 57.

    And the nomination for the best blue screen goes to (waits for impact) the BLUE SCREEN.
    Yayh!!!

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    Comment number 56.

    Thank goodness Oldman finally has a nomination, it's long overdue. Would love to see Alan Rickman get one at some point. Clooney's still the favourite and Xylo's comment about not having a two-time winner doesn't hold water because Daniel Day-Lewis and Sean Penn both won their second acting awards in recent years, and Clooney's was in the supporting category.

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    Comment number 55.

    Having perused the nominations the astonishing thing is the difference between the best actor candidates and those for best supporting actor. One category is full of lightweights whilst the real talent is slapped into the support roles. That's a commentary on Hollywood.

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    Comment number 54.

    The comment by James about Hugo's nomination being Hollywood Backpatting is somewhat amusing, given the Academy's history of snubbing Scorsese.

    Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this love-letter to the history of film-making, as did every one I have spoken to. If that makes me abnormal, I wouldn't want to be normal.

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    Comment number 53.

    Gary Oldman is absolutely brilliant, and fully deserves best actor. Unsure about all of these 3D films though, they don't really appeal to me generally, and I think actors are ridiculously overpaid and sometimes perhaps treated like war heroes instead of people just doing their jobs. I wish I got an award for coming in to the office everyday!

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    Comment number 51.

    . . . how can they seriously consider G Clooney Esq for an Oscar . . . his wooden acting is only marginally better than his mother's singing

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    Comment number 50.

    Streep as Thatcher please...NO!

    What next Brad Pitt as Arthur Scargill?

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    Comment number 49.

    How did Leo not get a nomination for his role in J. Edgar? Best acting performance of the year! It amazes me that the people who organise the oscars dislike Leo so much.

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    Comment number 48.

    Hip hip hooray for Gary, but I'm afraid I haven't seen any of those films! Hugo looks nice but none of the others are really my cup of tea.

    I always thought Gary should have been nominated for Dracula!

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    Comment number 47.

    Hugo - seriously??

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    Comment number 46.

    Moan, moan, whinge, whinge. One wonders why people bother. And why do I bother reading their buttoned-up bletherings. I've only seen The Artist and it was terrific.

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    Comment number 45.

    I'm being made redundant in 8 weeks time after serving the Criminal Justice System for 15 years as a Forensic Scientist. These people are being paid seven figure sums to ponce about. Go figure...

 

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