Hugo & The Artist Posters
Hugo & The Artist Posters

It’s time to hoo-haw at the list of contenders for the golden trophy. The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were announced January 24 with Hugo (11 nominations) and The Artist (10 nominations) as the frontrunners.

It was a bit surprising to see Leonardo DiCaprio left out despite his stellar performance in J. Edgar , Tilda Swinton lose out for her restrained role in We Need to Talk About Kevin and Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures Of Tintin fail to get him a nomination in the best director category.

Incidentally, Anil Ambani owned Reliance DreamWorks garnered 11 Oscar Nominations for three films — War Horse, The Help and Real Steel. This is the first time an Indian-owned company has been nominated in such a big way at the Oscars. Two films from Reliance DreamWorks — War Horse and The Help — are nominees in the Best Picture category.

Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards

Jean Dujardin in The Artist, Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady, George Clooney in The Descendants, Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Jean Dujardin in The Artist, Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady, George Clooney in The Descendants, Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Actor in a Leading Role

Demián 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

Actress in a Leading Role

Glenn 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


The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius

The Descendants – Alexander Payne

Hugo – Martin Scorsese

Midnight In Paris – Woody Allen

The Tree Of Life Terrence Malick

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

Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth 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 Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo in The Artist

Jessica Chastain in The Help

Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer in The Help

Any guesses for who the winners will be?

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