84th Academy Award Nominations: The Artist Has Been Heard

The Artist proves unstoppable, while Rooney Mara and Melissa McCarthy are among surprise nominations.

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The Artist cemented its frontrunner status for the 84th Academy Awards on Tuesday, January 24. The black and white silent film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Lead Role (Jean Dujardin), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Bérénice Bejo), Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Original Screenplay (Michel Hazanavicius) and if there was a category for cutest dog, co-star Uggie the Jack Russell Terrier would surely have popped up as well.

Among the pleasant surprises: nine films were nominated for Best Picture when only five were guaranteed, making room for outside shots such as Moneyball and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close alongside favourites such as The Help and The Descendents. Rooney Mara snuck into an incredibly competitive Best Actress In A Leading Role race that includes perennial favourites Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams. And Melissa McCarthy’s comedic chops in Bridesmaids won her a nomination for Best Actress In A Supporting Role alongside other newcomers Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer for The Help.

The complete list of nominations announced this morning is listed below.

Best Picture
War Horse
The Artist
The Descendents
The Tree of Life
Midnight In Paris
The Help
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Actor
Demián Bachir (A Better Life)
George Clooney (The Descendents)
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)

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Brannagh (My Week With Marilyn)
Jonah Hill (Moneyball)
Nick Nolte (Warrior)
Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Max Von Sedow (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo (The Artist)
Jessica Chastain (The Help)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Alexander Payne (The Descendents)
Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris)
Terrence Mallick (The Tree Of Life)

Best Foreign Language Film
Bullhead (Belgium)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Germany)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
A Separation (Iran)

Best Animated Picture

A Cat in Paris
Chico and Rita
Kung Fu Panda II
Puss In Boots

Best Original Screenplay
The Artist
Margin Call
Midnight In Paris
A Separation

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Descendents
The Ides of March
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy