The Oscars: 84th Academy Award Nominations

Published 3 years ago by , Updated January 24th, 2012 at 12:56 pm,

84th academy award nominations The Oscars: 84th Academy Award Nominations

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, The Hunger Games) jointly announced the nominations for the 84th Academy Awards this morning, on Tuesday January 24th. The actual 2012 Oscar ceremony will take place next month, on February 26th at the Kodak theater – with Billy Crystal serving as host, for the ninth time in his career.

In the aftermath of the 2012 Golden Globes ceremony, Hollywood “in-crowd” types like George Clooney and Meryl Streep are favored to take home the gold for acting, while multiple Globe-winning films such as The Artist and The Descendants are considered heavyweight contenders for the coveted Best Picture Oscar.

Martin Scorsese’s Hugo led the way with eleven nominations, stacking up many a nod in the technical categories, while Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist was close behind with ten total. Academy members clearly love a good homage to the magic of old-fashioned cinema – be it a Hollywood flick set in Paris or a French production set in Hollywood. Moving on…

Steven Spielberg’s War Horse managed to land six nods, but the bulk of its nominations were for technical achievements; by comparison, Alexander Payne’s The Descendants raked in five, including (as expected) one for George Clooney as an actor, and others in areas like adapted screenplay and direction. Similar to War Horse, David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo landed mostly technical category nods – though, Rooney Mara was recognized for her performance in the film.

Unlike the Golden Globes, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life was recognized, as was Gary Oldman for his much-praised lead turn in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Notable absences include praised indie titles (and Screen Rant favorites) Shame and Martha Marcy May Marlene in the acting categories, while Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive only managed to land one nod, in the technical categories.

Surprisingly, neither Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin nor Disney’s 2D animated critical darling, Winnie the Pooh, is a contender for Best Animated Feature. However, despite Stephen Daldry’s critic-dividing Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close landing a Best Pic nod over a more universally-beloved title like, say, Warrior, that selection was (unfortunately) expected.

So, all in all, just another year at the Oscars – complete with plenty of obvious choices, surprising snubs, and a handful of unexpected nominations. Whether or not the actual winners list will be quite so predictable – or, perhaps, mix things up a bit – that remains to be seen.

Have a look at the complete list of nominees for the 84th Academy Awards below:

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


  • “The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius
  • “The Descendants” Alexander Payne
  • “Hugo” Martin Scorsese
  • “Midnight in Paris” Woody Allen
  • “The Tree of Life” Terrence Malick

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”

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 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”

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”

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” Written by Asghar Farhadi

Animated Feature Film

  • “A Cat in Paris” 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

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


  • “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

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” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • “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

Foreign Language Film

  • “Bullhead” Belgium
  • “Footnote” Israel
  • “In Darkness” Poland
  • “Monsieur Lazhar” Canada
  • “A Separation” Iran


  • “Albert Nobbs” Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
  • “The Iron Lady” Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

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” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
  • “Real in Rio” from “Rio” Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

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


What do you think of this year’s nominations? Agree/disagree?

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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  1. No Fassbender.
    No Gosling.
    No Melancholia.

    And Jonah Hill getting a nomination.

    See the Mayans were right. The world as we know it is coming to an end.

    • I completely agree with you. Gosling should’ve gotten a nomination for Drive. And Jonah Hill? Really? I think even he realizes that that is crazy.

      • Drive deserved best Actor for Gosling, Best Score, Best adapted screenplay. Gosling not getting nominated is possibly the biggest shock there.

        • spot on sir!!…
          For me oscars has become just another TV soap..

  2. Why is it almost always the same movies in every category?

    • Complete and total lack of imagination.

  3. what? puss in boots for best animation but not tin tin? this is some kind of joke right? a talking cat beat TIN TIN!?!

  4. The fact that Bridesmaids features anywhere on that list is depressing. And nothing for Drive? Not even best Score?
    Depressingly awful and dull.

    War Horse? Seriously?

  5. They really wussed out this year. Drive got snubbed, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo got snubbed, Fincher got snubbed for Best Director, Jonah Hill got nominated over Albert Brooks, and yet Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close gets a Best Picture nod? The Academy really has its own agenda that has nothing to do with picking the best movies.

  6. I’m just glad that Rooney Mara gets nominated for “best actress”. She deserves it. But Meryl Streep will win.

  7. How does a black and film get a best cinematography nom?

    • Why not?

      • Typo, black and white film. Just seems weird because there is no color to help set the tone, just angle, wide, medium, and close ups. I understand why its black and white for the setting but just seems a more of a challenge for colors to be utilized in a setting. Haven’t seen it so i shouldn’t knock it, but surprised me.

  8. Jonah Hill gets a nomination…yet Andy Serkis gets snubbed once again. The type of injustice in that sentence alone is unbearable.

    • Agreed. ROTPOTA had more emotion and drama than every best Picture nomination put together.

    • He will never be nominated just let it go its not a suprisew at all

    • Agreed. Serkis deserves recognition for his work. At times, I forgot that I was watching a man portraying the actions of a super-smart ape. Sure the CGI made him look like a monkey, but Serkis made me believe in that character’s struggle with wanting freedom without saying almost anything. Cesar did use sign language during the film, but you could see the pain of the character through the actions and looks that Serkis did. That is my definition of acting.

      • You have to remember he is 100% cgi his facial features are alterted by the computer if he doesn’t look sad enough then they fix it. Everything he does can be altered you can’t alter ryan gosling in drive or nick nolte in warrior

        • That is a consideration, but a what point does CGI heavy movies become animation then? Just like a computer artist somewhere did animation over Serkis performing in a suit, does a director who is filming three people in front of a green screen actually direct in the traditional sense?

        • Yeah, I didn’t mean facial features except for his eyes. He had sadness in his eyes. I just didn’t want to sound like I was gazing into a CGI monkey’s eyes. I meant more of his actual actions you knew he was getting PO’d like when he was doing angry sign language or how he cared for his family. Serkis is good at what he does, and I’d like to see his work in comparison to any actors. Sure Gosling and Nolte can act like human characters, but put them in a motion capture suits and see how they fair. I feel bad for Serkis not getting recognized, but it doesn’t matter though because the Academy Awards are not for me. I’m not rushing to the theater to watch the Artist.

          • Serkis will get a lifetime achievement award that is it

      • i don´t like the oscars,but i wish for brad pitt. since the middles of the 90s i watch the movies that i like,and not a movie from a jury who mostly give dramas oscars,or movies that failed at the box office,because they´re so boring,the jury love movies that the most won´t watch,and if even the lords trilogy hadn´t won all the oscars,i would love them. do someone knows the english patient or watched the hurt locker,i haven´t. if i wanna see reality or somrthing with a message ,then i prefer good documentaries,about all kind of themas or read some good books.

  9. “Drive” seriously got the shaft, I don’t even know why I pay attention to the Oscars.

  10. This is so….. Wrong, no Drive?, Jonah Hill?, no tintin for animated feature, Cars 2 I understand …… But really kung fu panda 2 got a nomination but not Tintin, it should have been Rango and Tintin to fight it out for that award…… At least Gary Oldman got his.

    • warrior is a much better movie than any of the others nominated, all the best picture noms are pretty s*** this year, i agree with your entire comment

  11. Gary Oldman finally gets one!!! Most of it is disappointing though.

  12. Harry Potter got snubbed hardcore. No best score nom or Alan Rickman for suporting actor. Jonah over Alan is just funny. Also, im rooting for Kung fu Panda

  13. This is why I hate award shows: because people always complain that the movie they didn’t like got nominated, but a movie did like gets “snubbed”. Example: When people complained TDK got “snubbed” for best picture.

    Do I agree with these? Not really. I’m just glad Mara at least got nominated

    • It’s not a matter of it just being a movie that people liked. Drive and Shame got great reviews and everyone, everyone, loved the performances. The reason they didn’t get nominated is that they aren’t “Academy” movies.

      • I just don’t see a reason to complain. The only reason I watch award shows is with my friends. In fact, last year was the first time I watched the show entirely in several years. The only reason was that I was hanging out with friends that evening.

        • Honestly, the only part I like about the Oscars are the host(s). That’s why it’s vital for Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin to return.

  14. Jonah Hill was GREAT in Moneyball.
    It is not like he got nominated for The Babysitter .

    • Yeah and now they can advertise The Babysitter as staring “Oscar Nominee Jonah Hill”

      • Bahaha!!! Exactly Dan XD

      • that will be so lol, when they start doing that to promote the babysitter…

        i just beileve all the awards shows are fully political to some degree thus the reason why almost half the movies on there no one has seen or heard of

  15. This is the 2nd year in a row Gossling gets snubbed. No nom for Blue Valentine last year and now nothing again this year for Drive or Ides of March.
    And what does the Academy see in Clooney that I’m missing? Every performance if his is the same.
    Tin-Tin gets snubbed for animation?
    Jonah Hill?????
    I’m happy to see Midnight in Paris get nominated but I’m sure except for screenplay it will get shut out.

  16. No andy serkis? He guy litteraly portrayed a monkey, he was Cesar. Everything that Cesar did was Andy. Its wrong

  17. Gary Oldman & Nick Nolte would be great, deserved winners. I’d add Rooney Mara to that, but, I think she’ll get the snub with “legends” like Glenn Close & Meryl Streep in the mix…and I think they’d go Michelle Williams if they were going to award a younger performer. I wouldn’t mind seeing Jessica Chastain or Terence Malick win either. I wonder if the Academy will be going with lifelong bodies of work or actually honoring talent based on the work everyone’s nominated for this year.

    Beyond that, I can’t say I’m all that impressed with all the Clooney/Pitt/Hill(?) nominations. I’d be curious to see who the members of the Academy are and ask them to explain why Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender were ignored.

  18. No super 8 or Thor.. lolol

    • Yes. And for good reason.

      • I could see both getting nominated for VFX award, but nothing else.

      • I thought they were good films, top ten for me. I guess Oscars is all political.

        • This year’s theme for the Oscars is “snubb all the films Rickster liked” :P

          • LOL

  19. I dont understand why moneyball got any nominations really. Brad pitt was himself (charasmatic) and jonah hill was solid but not anywhere near what i hear about albert brooks in drive. You can watch one video of andy serkis during the filming and see that he wholeheartedly deserves a nomination. its quite sad actuallt

  20. I had TGWTDT with at least nine nominations but I’m not surprised by it not making best picture or director. At least Oldman and Mara get recognition for the excellent job they did.

  21. transformers deserves best sound and visual effects yet i doubt it will win because the majority of critics hate those movies.
    if harry potter wins best visuals, it proves the the oscars are rigged.

    • Potter wont win one award lol.

    • Planet Of The Apes deserves best visual effects. But I’d have no issue with Transformers winning in that catergory either as the effects were stunning.

  22. Rotten tomato and most rating sites tin tin had a lower rating then kung fu panda 2

  23. Oddly enough, the nominees and those films that won for best poster and trailer are almost identical… Heres the link to the 2011 TFI Awards. Just shows that when you produce quality marketing material, you tend to produce good movies…

  24. I’m tired of hearing how people think harry potter and andy serkis got snubbed… the only thing that shocked me was extremely loaud and incredibly close got a best picture nod with a 44% on rotten tomato. How ryan gosling wasn’t nominated and how girl with the dragon tatoo didn’t get a best picture or director nod

  25. No Trent Reznor and Atticus for Best Soundtrack ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?!

    No ‘Winnie the Pooh’ or ‘Tintin’ for Best Animated Film?!

    No David Fincher for ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’?! I don’t understand the clear hatred about this film… It was brilliantly directed and acted, had an amazing soundtrack AND what these actors did to themselves for this film is nothing less than remarkable (Daniel Craig reportedly strangled himself for this film, Rooney Mara changed her whole look and everything).

    No Andy Serkis (‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’) OR Albert Brooks (‘Drive’) for Best Supporting Actor?!

    Glad to see that Gary Oldman has FINALLY gotten a Best Actor nod… But, George Clooney and Brad Pitt are also in the running and both did amazing in their roles. Good Luck, Gary! Also, Rooney Mara (‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’) has gotten a nomination for Best Actress… But, she’ll likely not win.

    I’m glad that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has a Best Picture nominee. This movie seems WAY too under-rated.

    The TOTAL snub for me here is ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’… I think it is RIDICULOUS for ‘The Help’ to be in there (probably in place of ‘Tattoo’).

    As for Ryan Gosling for ‘Drive’. He definitely should have gotten a nomination for either/or ‘Drive’/’Ides of March’…

  26. List of who got robbed…

    -David Fincher
    -Michael Fassbender
    -Idels of March (aside from screenplay)
    -Ryan Gosling

    And doesn’t Meryl Streep have enought Oscar nods…go Rooney Mara!!! I’m not biased towards The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo…cough cough…

  27. What the wocka? I hope the Muppets win for original song. It will serve as redemption for the Muppets being snubbed as unlikely, replacement hosts by the Academy.