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©A.M.P.A.S.®The nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced earlier today by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and actress Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for her work in Winter's Bone in 2010 and is starring in the upcoming action/adventure movie The Hunger Games.

Academy members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominations are selected by vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

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Oscar®-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence (left) and Academy President Tom Sherak announced the nominees for the 84th Annual Academy Awards in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
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All active and life members of the Academy are eligible to select the winners in all categories, although in five of them – Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject and Foreign Language Film – members can vote only if they have seen all of the nominated films in those categories.

The ceremony for the Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California. It will be televised on ABC beginning at 7pm Eastern Time (4pm Pacific Time), and will be hosted by Billy Crystal.

Below is a list of all the categories and the nominations for each. To see the list sorted by movie, see 2012 Academy Award Nominations - By Movie.

Actor in a Leading Role

George ClooneyDemián Bichir in A Better Life

George Clooney in The Descendants

Jean Dujardin in The Artist

Gary Oldman in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Brad Pitt in Moneyball


Actor in a Supporting Role

Max von SydowKenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn

Jonah Hill in Moneyball

Nick Nolte in Warrior

Christopher Plummer in Beginners

Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close


Actress in a Leading Role

Rooney MaraGlenn Close in Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis in The Help

Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn


Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice BejoBérénice Bejo in The Artist

Jessica Chastain in The Help

Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer in The Help


Animated Feature Film

Puss in BootsA Cat in Paris (Une vie de chat) - Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli

Chico & Rita - Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal

Kung Fu Panda 2 - Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Puss in Boots - Chris Miller

Rango - Gore Verbinski


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



Martin ScorceseThe Artist - Michel Hazanavicius

The Descendants - Alexander Payne

Hugo - Martin Scorsese

Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen

The Tree of Life - Terrence Malick


Documentary (Feature)

Hell and Back Again - Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front - Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory - Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky

Pina - Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel

Undefeated - TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas


Documentary (Short Subject)

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement - Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin

God Is The Bigger Elvis - Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson

Incident in New Baghdad - James Spione

Saving Face - Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom - Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen


Film Editing

The Artist - Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius

The Descendants - Kevin Tent

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

Hugo - Thelma Schoonmaker

Moneyball - Christopher Tellefsen


Foreign Language Film

In DarknessBullhead (Rundskop) - Belgium

Footnote - Israel

In Darkness - Poland

Monsieur Lazhar - Canada

A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin) - Iran



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

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 - Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin

The Iron Lady - Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland


Music (Original Score)

Listen to samples from the Hugo SoundtrackThe Adventures of Tintin - John Williams (Listen)

The Artist - Ludovic Bource (Listen)

Hugo - Howard Shore

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - Alberto Iglesias

War Horse - John Williams


Music (Original Song)

"Man or Muppet" (Listen) from The Muppets - Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

"Real in Rio" (Listen) from Rio - Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Lyric by Siedah Garrett


Best Picture

The Artist - Thomas Langmann, Producer

The Descendants - Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Scott Rudin, Producer

The Help - Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers

Hugo - Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers

Midnight in Paris - Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers

Moneyball - Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers

The Tree of Life - Nominees to be determined

War Horse - Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers


Short Film (Animated)

Dimanche/Sunday - Patrick Doyon

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

La Luna - Enrico Casarosa

A Morning Stroll - Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe

Wild Life - Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby


Short Film (Live Action)

Pentecost - Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane

Raju - Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren

The Shore - Terry George and Oorlagh George

Time Freak - Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey

Tuba Atlantic - Hallvar Witzø


Sound Editing

Drive - Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Ren Klyce

Hugo - Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty

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

War Horse - Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom


Sound Mixing

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson

Hugo - Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

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

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

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


Visual Effects

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

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

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

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

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


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Descendants - Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

Hugo - Screenplay by John Logan

The Ides of March - Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

Moneyball - Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan


Writing (Original Screenplay)

The Artist - Written by Michel Hazanavicius

Bridesmaids - Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig

Margin Call - Written by J.C. Chandor

Midnight in Paris - Written by Woody Allen

A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin) - Written by Asghar Farhadi

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Jan 26, 2012 - George Jobson VIP Member

I saw the announcements of the 84th Annual Academy Awards on E! on tuesday morning. I noticed that the Pest Picture is nine instead of ten. Of the nine, the only one I didn't care for and that is "Extremely Loud and Incrediably Close." Right now I saw eight of the nine nominess on the Best Picture. I have yet to see "The Artist." Meryl Streep will probaby win for "The iron Lady," but I hope Michelle Williams will pull an upset for "My Week with Marilyn." I wasn't shock that "Cars 2" didn't get a nomination. I was a busy year for animated movies. The original song needs to have more than two nomiinees. I didn't like "Twlight Saga: Breaking Dawn,Part One," IBut I was hoping that the song "It will Rain" be nominated. The Best Song Catalogy is getting weaker by each passing year, making it a worthless catagory. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" got three Oscar nomiunations. Can anyone tell me why that got so many Oscar nods and thus leaving a much better movie like "Super 8" out in the cold? I'll be watching the Academy Awards on Feb 26th. I'll be looking forward to it.  

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