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Kenneth Branagh nominated for Oscar

Belfast actor Kenneth Branagh has been nominated for an Oscar.

The nomination in the best supporting actor category is for his portrayal of Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn, which tells the story of the fraught relationship between the legendary British actor and Marilyn Monroe.

Branagh, 51, is in the running for best supporting actor for his performance as Sir Laurence Olivier in Marilyn Monroe biopic My Week With Marilyn.

He said: "It was a rare honour to play Sir Laurence Olivier. To be recognised by the Academy for doing so is overwhelming. I'm absolutely thrilled."

Belfast film-maker Terry George has also had his movie The Shore nominated in the best short film category. Starring Ciaran Hinds, The Shore tells the story of a man who emigrated to America 25 years ago to escape the Troubles and is now returning to Northern Ireland with his daughter.

Meryl Streep has landed a nomination for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

Britons Gary Oldman and Janet McTeer are also in the running for Academy Awards.

Streep, 62, the winner of two previous Academy Awards, has received critical acclaim for her role as the former British prime minister.

The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were announced in Beverly Hills by actress Jennifer Lawrence and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak.

Streep has previously been Oscar-nominated a record 16 times.

Oldman, 53, is up for best actor for his role as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

It is his first Oscar nomination.

Newcastle-born McTeer, 50, is up for best supporting actress for her role in gender-bending drama Albert Nobbs.

Black and white silent film The Artist has 10 nominations, including best film, best actor for French star Jean Dujardin and supporting actress for Berenice Bejo.

But Martin Scorsese's family film Hugo leads with 11 nominations.

War Horse, based on the National Theatre play inspired by Michael Morpurgo's novel, is up for six gongs, and is also among the movies vying for best film.

As well as The Artist, Steven Spielberg's War Horse is up against The Descendants, Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight In Paris, Moneyball, and The Tree Of Life.

Cold War thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has been nominated for best adapted screenplay.

Oscars - all the nominations

Here is the full list of nominations for the 84th Academy Awards:

Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The Help


Midnight in Paris


The Tree of Life

War Horse

Best actor

Demian Bichir - A Better Life

George Clooney - The Descendants

Jean Dujardin - The Artist

Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt - Moneyball

Best actress

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

Supporting actor:

Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn

Jonah Hill - Moneyball

Nick Nolte - Warrior

Christopher Plummer - Beginners

Max von Sydow - Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Supporting actress

Berenice Bejo - The Artist

Jessica Chastain - The Help

Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer - The Help

Adapted screenplay

The Descendants


The Ides of March


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Original screenplay

The Artist


Margin Call

Midnight In Paris

A Separation


The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius

The Descendants - Alexander Payne

Hugo - Martin Scorsese

Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen

The Tree of Life - Terrence Malick

Animated feature film

A Cat in Paris

Chico & Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots


Art direction

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


Midnight in Paris

War Horse


The Artist

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


The Tree of Life

War Horse

Costume design


The Artist


Jane Eyre


Documentary (feature)

Hell and Back Again

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

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory



Documentary (short subject)

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

The Descendants

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo



Foreign language film

Bullhead (Belgium)

Footnote (Israel)

In Darkness (Poland)

Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)

A Separation (Iran)


Albert Nobbs

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

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 Song)

Man or Muppet (The Muppets)

Real in Rio (Rio)

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


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo


Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Sound mixing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo



Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Visual effects

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


Real Steel

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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