Complete List: The 2012 Oscar Nominations Are Out!
From Hugo to The Artist, this year’s Oscars are going to have some tough competition! Here’s the complete list of 2012 Academy Award nominees.
The Academy Awards are without a doubt the Holy Grail of awards season. Every year, the eight million awards shows that happen between January and March all lead up to the Oscars. And hey, guess what? The Oscar nominations for 2012 are finally out! They were announced this morning by actress Jennifer Lawrence and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak, and while there are perhaps few surprises, each and every nomination is well-earned. Some things to note before we get to the complete list:
It’s going to be a tough year for the Best Picture race; there are nine nominations in the category. Nine! That’s rather a lot. Furthermore, the films nominated run the gamut from big-budget pictures like War Horse to crowd-pleasers like The Help and from visual stunners like Hugo to surprise hits like The Artist. Personally, I’m pulling for The Artist; all nine films are fabulous, though, so it’ll be interesting to see what the outcome ends up being.
The Best Actress category is full of strong female characters—something I (and, I’m sure, many others) find quite gratifying. Right now, I’ve got a mental image of Albert Nobbs, Lisbeth Salander, Aibileen Clark, Marilyn Monroe, and Margaret Thatcher duking it out, and it’s priceless. Aaaaand fight!
In the Supporting categories, it’s nice to see that Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids and Jonah Hill for Moneyball are both present. Melissa was bizarrely absent from the Golden Globes nominations—something which continues to baffle me to this very day—and as she was kind of brilliant in it, I’m glad that she’s gotten a nod for her work. Additionally, Jonah Hill surprised everyone this season by showing that he’s not just a funnyman, so again, nice to see him getting acknowledged for it. I hope this opens many doors for him.
The bizarre gap this time, however, is just as weird as the missing Melissa McCarthy: The Adventures of Tintin somehow did not earn a nomination for Best Animated Feature. Now, I haven’t had a chance to see Tintin myself yet, so I can’t quite speak from experience (though I LOVED the books growing up), but everyone I know who has seen it said it was truly spectacular. The critics weren’t really that fond of it, though, so maybe that explains why it was passed over. Awww. Ah well. Can’t have everything.
In closing, there are (oddly) only two songs in the Best Original Song category: “Real in Rio” from Rio and “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets. I am very firmly voting for “Man or Muppet.” Because, I mean… well, just see for yourself:
And now, here’s the complete list of nominees!
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Michel Hazanivicus, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Best Original Screenplay
Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo, Bridesmaids
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants
John Logan, Hugo
George Clooney, Beau Willimon and Grant Heslov, The Ides of March
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, Moneyball
Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Best Foreign Feature
Best Animated Feature
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
More nominations, including Costume Design and Original Song, up next!