Your 2012 Academy Award Nominees

And here we go! Announced just moments ago by Jennifer Lawrence and the usual old dude, here are the nominees for Hollywood's Superbowl. Hugo, with all of its high-tech bells and whistles, leads the pack with 11 nods. Other nominees range from the expected (Viola Davis and Meryl Streep) to the surprising (Nick Nolte?) to the hell yeah: Melissa McCarthy! Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo! And the snubbed, they may be legion: Little for Ides of March, nada for Angelina and Blood & Honey, nary a Gosling in sight, another year without Leo... Surely you can list off many more injustices.

But first, the positive! Herewith, the nominees in all the major categories:



BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids - Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo
Margin Call - J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
A Separation - Asghar Farhadi

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Descendants - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash
Hugo - John Logan and Brian Selznick
Ides of March - George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon
Moneyball - Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan

ANIMATED FEATURE
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango


FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Bullhead (Belgium)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
A Separation (Iran)

BEST ACTOR
Demián Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

BEST ACTRESS
Glenn Close, Alfred Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week

BEST DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorcese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terence Malik, The Tree of Life

BEST PICTURE
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
Warhorse