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. A few years ago the Best Picture category was expanded to ten films from five.
    I notice that the list contains nine. The Academy apparently felt no other film worthy.
    For my money Drive was better than every film they did include on the Best Picture list.

    • They do some sort of voting and movies have to get a certain percentage of top votes (#1). Not sure exactly how the voting takes places, but they can have 5 to 10 movies for Best Picture.

      • So that’s what’s going on. Thanks.

        I prefer the old system of only five
        nominees and only one vote for each.

  2. My personal list on who got robbed:
    -David Fincher( shouldve taken the place of Terence Malick because the tree of life sucked)
    - Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks for Drive
    -Michael Fassbender
    - 50/50 for best original screenplay
    But I am happy that Gary Oldman and Rooney Mara got nods for their performances. And also Melissa McCarthy (who I think wil win)

    • Thank you! Someone happen about Rooney Mara! =)

    • Tom Hiddleston also deserved a nomination there…
      He did some of the best acting I’ve seen this year.

    • Im Sorry The Only Reason Any One Would Ever Say The Tree Of Life ‘Sucked’ Is Because They Didn’t Get It I Can See Why People DONT Like It As Its A Very Arty Film With Alienating Camera And A Story Mostly Told Through Pictures Not Dialogue However I Think Its Wrong To Say It ‘Sucked’ Just Cause It Doesnt Stick TO Classic Hollywood Form and to me i think It Was Easily One Of The Best Films Of The Year And I Am Very Happy To Get It See Malick Get A Oscar Nod o Director Works Has Hard As Him, … However I Do Agree Albert Brooks And Ryan Gosling Should Of Got Nominations

    • David Fincher????really??? did you see Girl w/the dragon tattoo??come on now..
      He was nominated for Social Network,if anything he could’ve won then but not this year.
      I agree Tree of Life sucked,but I would’ve nominated the last Sherlock Holmes flick in there instead-at least to keep the fanboys happy..

  3. I know Bridesmaids was a comedy, but I can’t help but think that Kristen Wigg deserved a Best Actress nomination.

  4. Glad to see Nolte go a nod, didn’t expect that but I think its deserved. He put in a good performance in Warrior

  5. Let e add to The Rooney Mara Love.
    A Very Well Deserved nomination.
    She was the heart of that film.

  6. I don’t even know why I even watch the Oscars anymore…
    I hardly ever agree with the chosen winners, and most of the times, I don’t even get the nominations… (and it’s the same friggin’ movies in every category!)
    Don’t get me wrong, there are some deserving people on the nomination list, but for the most part, this award show has turned into a rip-off IMO.

    • I thought Warrior was excellent! Great performances by all and a lot more emotional than expected.

  7. Dominic Cooper was fantastic in The Devils Double, he should have gotten a nod as well.

    • yes,yes,yes he played the role of udai husseins double superb.

  8. No leo di caprio??? He deserved best actor win and no nomination!!! Clooney is so overrated!

    • Haha really? Clooney overrated? How do you figure?

  9. As usual, I’m rooting for Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese. I’d like to see Rooney Mara get the win for Best Actress, but I’m betting it will go to Streep.

    Also, if Terrence Malick wins anything, I’m going to be extremely angry.

  10. I’m so thrilled that Dimian Bichir got nominated!!! He was nothing short of remarkable in A Better Life

  11. shame: SNUBBED (acting, directing, best picture)

  12. Other than Th Artist, Hugo and Midnight in Paris that in my opinion were fantastic, the other nominees for best picture are good but not Best picture nominee ! Movies like Drive should be up there !
    Biggest scandal to me ; Tintin no nomination for best animated picture !!!!!!

  13. What a strange world we live in, where Jonah Hill gets a nom over actors like Albert Brooks, Andy Serkis, Viggo Mortensen and Patton Oswalt. Hell, even some actors in comic book movies where better than he was in Moneyball (Michael Fassbender and Tom Hiddleston).

    • Where = were

    • agreed…what the hell is Jonah hill doing in there???really???where is Andy Serkis??
      Even Sherlock Holmes got snubbed again…best Sound quality i’ve ever heard in a theatre in such a ling time especially during the battle scene…I also thought that they agreed last year to have 10 picks for best picture, what’s up with the 9 this year??wtf..

  14. the people in the jury arejust snobs,even for the good action or some genre movies they give them no chance,sometimes i think that they think,that fans of those films are not worth and stupid for their intellectuel level. they praise just those dramas and intellectuel movies,for me it´s not important if an actor have won the oscar or not. i haven´t the words now in english,what i´ll wrote now,we in germany say-die akademie award und die schauspieler und snobs feiern sich selber-. can someone,please translate it .i don´t know how to do with google translate. and i´m also more a-scream awards- fan.

  15. I’m a little bit peeved that The Devils Double is not up for anything same with Warrior Nick Noltle nod is not enough I thought that film was awesome

  16. About what I expected, except for under Best Animated Feature, love seeing Kung Fu Panda 2 recognized (deserves it) and Cars 2 not getting nominated (for once Pixar didn’t deserve it), but Arthur Christmas deserved a nomination, thought it was the best animated movie of the year.

  17. The studios don’t care about awards, they care about dollar signs. When they see films like Pirates 4 getting over a billion vs. Tinker Tailor Spy Soldier getting 50 million, which one do you think they will focus advertisement on?

    • The Klingon. He speaks the turth.

  18. Jonah Hill = Academy Award Nominee

    These awards officially mean nothing anymore.

  19. The only award I care about this year is Special Effects. It’s a toss up between Rise of the Apes and Transformers for me.

  20. harry potter won an award =DDD

  21. Thank goodness Drive did not get any recognition, I can’t wait for that film’s fans realize that it was just not very good. Incredibly dull story, bizarre acting and pacing and overall very unmemorable. I agree with the majority that The Help, Extremely Loud, and War Horse didn’t deserve to be there, but neither did Dragon Tattoo, Drive, or any other movie. Rather than replace, the Best Picture category should have capped at 6 (and maybe the Help getting in at 7).

    Anyways, lets hope that some movie manages to defeat Transformers 3 in the FX category as that movie series is one of the worst ever and deserves NO recognition at all, and I am on-board the Muppet train for Best Song. Also, sad to see Pixar falling out (not that Cars 2 deserved it).

    • Good luck trying to find Drive fans who agree with you.

  22. Transformers for everything it’s nominated for!

  23. I can’t believe there are only two nominations for original song. And three for make up. Which call me crazy Season of the Witch should have been nominated.

  24. I really hope that Nick Nolte wins Best Supporting Actor in “Warrior” because IMHO, Warrior was one of the best underrated movies 2011.