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 124.

    Once all the backslapping is over then perhaps Hugo will be Hu-gone, to be oft repeated on a well known UK satellite movie channel. Went to see it as I was wondering what all the brouhaha was about - It's a truly dreadul movie and isn't worth wasting money on!

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    Comment number 123.

    Of course, now I get it. SOPA failed, so lets bang on about the film industry then in the next few weeks the sheeple will see the sense in the PROTECT IP anti-piracy act.

    This misdirecting of the public is all to common and reminds me of The Heist by Derren Brown, subtle cognitive suggestions that influence people without them being aware.

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    Comment number 122.

    Hollywood is flailing: desperate for 3D success. It's the one technology not widely available at home, not easily pirated and could potentially justify treking to a cinema, paying £15 for a ticket, £5 for a hot dog etc. Sadly, for them, 3D isn't great at the moment but by God they will pretend it is! They'd be better served understanding Internet distribution and pondering why SOPA/PIPA failed.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 120.

    Perhaps the greatest surprise lies in the ommitance of TINTIN from the animation category.Spielberg delivered two masterpieces of directing this year, and both of his movies are pure pieces of art and excellent paradigms of cinema as an aesthetic maximum. I would also very much like Vigo Mortensen in the nominees for best supporting actor, as he gave us a Freud that we ain't gonna ever see again.

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    Comment number 119.

    BBC, I do understand that, being in the mass media business, you attach great importance to these, and any other similar awards.

    However, we have a major world changing event starting to take place in The Gulf, something like 15-20 warships are gathered. The Americans have two aircraft carriers there with more fire power than the whole RAF. Does this not deserve precedence over awards?

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    Comment number 117.

    I have always loved Scorsese's films, however that is entertainment and given current world affairs, why would the BBC invites comments on this rather than allowing people to discuss much more significant affairs that are unfolding!.... It confirms that the truth hurts and the BBC doesn't want to hear it.

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    Comment number 116.

    112.Perpetual Sigh
    13 Minutes ago
    Dear enfield40,
    Having an interest in awards does not automatically make people unintelligent or oblivious regarding more important issues. Certainly, more people care about the Oscars than about your unoriginal, elitist attacks on a subject that you clearly have no interest in engaging with on even the most primitive level. lol sorry luv x

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    Comment number 115.

    Hugo is one of the most beautiful films I've seen in years. Even the 3D was, for once, a real contribution to the effect. So it wasn't so very popular - is mass appeal now a mark of quality? A real treat, and a real celebration of the magic of cinema.

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    Comment number 114.

    yawn! yawn! what with bankers & there bonus' for mediocrity, the world of showbiz with all this back slapping, am trying to figure out who is worse. At the end of the day a good movie, a performance, are purely subjective to the individual that watches it. PS do we really need a special section for the Oscars... could we not make better use of us the taxpayers money to fund something less frothy

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    Comment number 112.

    Dear enfield40,
    Please wind your neck in. Having an interest in awards does not automatically make people unintelligent or oblivious regarding more important issues. Certainly, more people care about the Oscars than about your unoriginal, elitist attacks on a subject that you clearly have no interest in engaging with on even the most primitive level. For your own sake, quit while you're behind.

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    Comment number 111.

    103.chrislabiff
    34 Minutes ago
    Do many of us really care?

    not enough for it to have a massive headline on the main bbc news page, but luvies do help out luvies!!!!

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    Comment number 110.

    106.luskentyre
    4 Minutes ago
    I see the usual "who cares?" suspects crawling out of the woodwork. If it doesn't interest you, then fair enough - but why do you feel we have to have the dubious benefit of your non-existent opinion?

    Because we look at all of you and think, damn mankind is screwed!!!! its hard to keep quiet!!!!

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    Comment number 109.

    106; I tend to agree this is not the most interesting of subjects but to answer your question. They are crawling out of the woodwork now because they have just got out of school detention. If the time fits...

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    Comment number 108.

    105.Darren
    Just now
    Sorry But who cares!

    Thick people who love seeing over paid luvies tell each other how wonderful they are!

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    Comment number 107.

    Who's Mr Scorsese?

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    Comment number 106.

    I see the usual "who cares?" suspects crawling out of the woodwork. If it doesn't interest you, then fair enough - but why do you feel we have to have the dubious benefit of your non-existent opinion?

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    Comment number 105.

    Sorry But who cares!

 

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