2012 Oscar Nominations: ‘The Artist’, ‘The Descendants’, ‘The Help’ Lead The Way

Posted: January 24, 2012 in Movies

Earlier today the 84th Academy Awards nominations were announced by the talented Jennifer Lawrence, and as big of movie fan I am I’m always slayed by some of the nominations that catch everyone off guard.

Best Picture nominations for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, in particular, make absolutely no sense to me.  Especially considering the movie 50/50 got absolutely no love from the Academy.  One of the biggest surprises, and it’s why I love this shit, is the Best Actor nomination for Demian Bichir in A Better Life.  Having seen the film I can get behind his nomination, he’s a big time actor in mostly underrated films.  Another HUGE surprise was Melissa McCarthy’s nomination for her role in Bridesmaids.  There hasn’t been a nomination like this since Robert Downey Jr.’s nomination in Tropic Thunder.  I’m not saying she wasn’t funny, but come on now, Bridesmaids?


Here are the full nominations:


Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants

– Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The Help


Midnight in Paris


The Tree of Life

War Horse

Best Actor in a Leading Role

– Demain Bichir A Better Life

– George Clooney The Descendants

– Jean Dujardin The Artist

– Gary Oldman Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

– Brad Pitt Moneyball

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

– Kenneth Branagh My Week With Marilyn

– Jonah Hill Moneyball

– Nick Nolte Warrior

– Christopher Plummer Beginners

– Max von Sydow Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Actress in a Leading Role

– Glenn Close Albert Nobbs

– Viola Davis The Help

– Rooney Mara The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

– Meryl Streep The Iron Lady

– Michelle Williams My Week With Marilyn

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

– Berenice Bejo The Artist

– Jessica Chastain The Help

– Melissa McCarthy Bridesmaids

– Janet McTeer Albert Nobbs

– Octavia Spencer The Help

Best Animated Feature Film

A Cat in Paris

Chico & Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots


Art Direction

The Artist Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan

Hugo Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

Midnight in Paris Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil

War Horse Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales


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

Best Director

– Michel Hazanavicius The Artist

– Alexander Payne The Descendants

– Martin Scorsese Hugo

– Woody Allen Midnight in Paris

– Terrance Malick The Tree of Life

Best Documentary (Feature)

Hell and Back Again

If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory



Best Documentary (Short)

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 Dent

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

Hugo Thelma Schoonmaker

Moneyball Christopher Tellefsen


– Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle Albert Nobbs

– Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

– Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland 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 Songs)

– “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)


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

La Luna

A Morning Stroll

Wild Life

Short Film (Live Action)



The Shore

Time Freak

Tuba Atlantic

Sound Editing

– Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis Drive

– Ren Klyce The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

– Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty Hugo

– Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl Transformers: Dark of the Moon

– Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom War Horse

Sound Mixing

– David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

– Tom Fleischman and John Midgley Hugo

– Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick Moneyball

– Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin Transformers: Dark of the Moon

– Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson War Horse

Visual Effects

– Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

– Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning Hugo

– Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg Real Steel

– Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett Rise of the Planet of the Apes

– Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

– Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash The Descendants

– John Logan Hugo

– George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon The Ides of March

– Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin Moneyball

– Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Writing (Original Screenplay)

– Michel Hazanavicius The Artist

– Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig Bridesmaids

– J.C. Chandor Margin Call

– Woody Allen Midnight in Paris

– Asghar Farhadi A Separation




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