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Hugo leads Oscar nominations

Martin Scorsese's Hugo leads the Oscar nominations with 11 nods.

The 84th annual Academy Award selections were announced this morning in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Jennifer Lawrence and Tom Sherak - president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - announced the list, with Hugo leading the pack.

Scorsese's first foray into family films is in the running for the coveted best film prize, as is War Horse, The Artist, Moneyball, The Descendants, The Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, The Help and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

Hugo was also named in the best director and best adapted screenplay categories respectively.

Michel Hazanavicius's critically-acclaimed The Artist garnered a respectable ten nominations, coming in a close second place and continuing its domination over the major Hollywood film events.

Bennett Miller's Moneyball took six nominations, with Alexander Payne's The Descendants up for five prizes.

The Artist's stars have been praised for their roles, with Jean Dujardin in the running for best actor and Bérénice Bejo nominated for the supporting actress award.

Others battling it out to be named best actor are Demian Bichir, George Clooney, Gary Oldman and Brad Pitt.

Bérénice is in the running for best supporting actress alongside Jessica Chastain, Melissa McCarthy, Janet McTeer and Octavia Spencer, while the male version of the prize includes Kenneth Branagh, Jonah Hill, Nick Nolte, Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow.

For the coveted best actress award, Glenn Close, Rooney Mara, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams are all named.

Scorsese is battling it out for best director with Michel Hazanavicius, Alexander Payne, Woody Allen and Terrence Malick.

The 84th annual Academy Awards will be presented in a ceremony on 26 February presented by Billy Crystal.



2012 Academy Awards nomination main categories:



Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer, The Help



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 & Incredibly Close



Actress in a Leading Role

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



Actor in a Leading Role

Demian Bichir, A Better Life

George Clooney, The Descendants

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt, Moneyball



Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life



Best Original Screenplay

The Artist

Bridesmaids

Midnight in Paris

Margin Call

A Separation



Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants

Hugo

The Ides of March

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy



Best Foreign Feature

Bullhead

Footnote

In Darkness

Monsier Lazhar

In Separation



Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris

Chico & Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots

Rango



Best Picture

War Horse

The Artist

Moneyball

The Descendants

The Tree of Life

Midnight in Paris

The Help

Hugo

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

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