As if you aren’t already planning what star nominees should wear, the 2012 Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday, with Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” leading the way with 11 nominations, along with the silent, black-and-white film “The Artist” collecting 10.
The nominations set up a best-picture showdown between the top films at the Golden Globes: best musical or comedy recipient “The Artist” and best drama winner “The Descendants.”
“The Artist,” the silent, black and white tribute to old Hollywood, earned a nod for Best Picture. Writer/director Michel Hazanavicius received nominations for both Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
Jean Dujardin was handed a bid for Best Actor for his turn as George Valentin, a silent film star who refuses to move into the era of the talkies. Meanwhile, Bérénice Bejo was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as starlet Peppy Miller.
First-time nominees included Jonah Hill as best supporting actor for “Moneyball,” Gary Oldman as best actor for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and Demian Bichir for “A Better Life.” Newcomer Rooney Mara got a nomination for Best Actress for her chilling turn in “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.”
Perhaps the most surprising Best Picture nomination went to “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel about a boy who goes on a search for a secret left by a father that died on 9/11. Max von Sydow earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
The Academy Awards air live on February 26.
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What nominees come as a surprise to you?