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A very short while ago, Jennifer Lawrence from the upcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games joined Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak to reveal this year’s Oscar nominees. Like usual, cinephiles the world over greeted the announcement with fervent anticipation.
Not straying from the norm, Academy voters threw both expected and unexpected results our way. As for the expected, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo dominated the nominations with 11, including mentions in Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay. Right behind it was Best Picture frontrunner The Artist with 10 nominations. Perhaps there’s more to be said for the shocking inclusions and omissions, however, as our own John Gilpatrick even referred to the “season [as being] defined by unpredictability” in his final nominations predictions yesterday.
Many prognosticators were conservative with their picks, going for maybe about six or seven Best Picture nominees, but nine films made the cut this year. The biggest surprise, perhaps, was that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Stephen Daldry’s drama about a boy whose father died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, earned a Best Picture bid. Many believed that tepid reaction to the film had taken it out of the Oscar race, but voters said otherwise. Max von Sydow also picked up a Supporting Actor nomination for his work in the film.
Among the other big shockers is the snub for Albert Brooks’ performance in Drive. Yes, the one actor who many believed had a small chance of taking down Christopher Plummer didn’t even get nominated. The Actress race also threw in an unexpected turn, opting to nominate The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo herself, Rooney Mara, instead of giving a shout-out to Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin.
But those weren’t the only shockers to be found in the nominations, and we’ve got the nominations for every single category below.
Best DirectorWoody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Best Actor in a Leading RoleDemian Bichir (A Better Life)
Best Actress in a Leading RoleGlenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
Best Actor in a Supporting RoleKenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)
Best Actress in a Supporting RoleBérénice Bejo (The Artist)
Best Original ScreenplayMichel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Best Adapted ScreenplayAlexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash (The Descendants)
Best Art DirectionLaurence Bennett and Robert Gould (The Artist)
Best CinematographyJeff Cronenweth (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Best Costume DesignLisy Christl (Anonymous)
Best Film EditingAnne Sophie-Bion (The Artist)
Best MakeupMartial Corneville, Lynn Johnston, and Matthew W. Mungle (Albert Nobbs)
Best Sound EditingLou Bender and Victor Ray Ennis (Drive)
Best Sound MixingDavid Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, and Bo Persson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Best Visual EffectsTim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler, and John Richardson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2)
Best Original ScoreJohn Williams (The Adventures of Tintin)
Best Original Song“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets (Bret McKenzie)
Best Animated FeatureA Cat in Paris
Best Documentary FeatureHell and Back Again
Best Foreign Language FeatureBelgium (Bullhead)
Best Animated ShortDimianche/Sunday
Best Documentary ShortThe Barber of Birmingham
Best Live Action ShortPentecost