Oscar nominations 2012 in pictures In Pictures [Gallery]

“The Artist” and “The Descendants” both were indicated as Best Picture favorites after big nights at the Golden Globes, but Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” led the field of nominations with 11 total.

  • The Tree of Life.Nominated for: Best picture and director (Terrence Mallick). Photo: Paramount PicturesThe Tree of Life.Nominated for: Best picture and director (Terrence Mallick). Photo: Paramount Pictures
  • The Help. Nominations: Best picture, actress in a leading role (Viola Davis) and actress in a supporting role (Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer). Photo: Paramount Pictures.The Help. Nominations: Best picture, actress in a leading role (Viola Davis) and actress in a supporting role (Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer). Photo: Paramount Pictures.
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Actress in a leading role (Rooney Mara). Photo: Paramount PicturesThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Actress in a leading role (Rooney Mara). Photo: Paramount Pictures
  • The Descendants. Nominations: Best picture, actor in a leading role (George Clooney), director (Alexander Payne) and adapted screenplay (Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon, Jim Rash). Photo: Paramount PicturesThe Descendants. Nominations: Best picture, actor in a leading role (George Clooney), director (Alexander Payne) and adapted screenplay (Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon, Jim Rash). Photo: Paramount Pictures
  • The Artist. Nominations: Best picture, actor in a leading role (Jean Dujardin), actress in a supporting role (Bérénice Bejo), director (Michel Hazanavicius) and original screenplay (Michel Hazanavicius). Photo: Paramount PicturesThe Artist. Nominations: Best picture, actor in a leading role (Jean Dujardin), actress in a supporting role (Bérénice Bejo), director (Michel Hazanavicius) and original screenplay (Michel Hazanavicius). Photo: Paramount Pictures
  • Hugo. 11 nominations. Among them - Best picture, director (Martin Scorsese) and adapted screenplay (John Logan). Photo: Paramount PicturesHugo. 11 nominations. Among them - Best picture, director (Martin Scorsese) and adapted screenplay (John Logan). Photo: Paramount Pictures
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Nominations: Best picture, Best Actor in a supporting role. Photo: Paramount PicturesExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Nominations: Best picture, Best Actor in a supporting role. Photo: Paramount Pictures

All the nominees of 84th Oscar Awards, which are to be held on Jan. 26, were announced by Jennifer Lawrence and AMPAS President Tom Sherak on Tuesday.

“The Artist,” kind of black and white tribute to old Hollywood, will probably get the title of Best Picture, and, after a series of recent critics and guild award wins, is considered to be the favorite, says the Huff Post.

Film’s writer and director Michel Hazanavicius was nominated for both Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Jean Dujardin was handed a bid for Best Actor for his turn as George Valentin, the main character of the film who refuses to move into the era of the talkies; he earned the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy earlier this month.

Bérénice Bejo, for her role as starlet Peppy Miller, earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

However, “The Artist” has shared quite a long list of nominations alongside with “Hugo,” Martin Scorsese’s 3D family homage to film preservation, which earned 11 nominations.

The Descendants,” the Alexander Payne-directed dramedy is a strong rival for two previous films. It was nominated for Best Picture as well; Payne earned a nod for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, the latter of which he shares with writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

George Clooney, who performs a beleaguered father and trustee of sacred family land in Hawaii, has earned a Best Actor nod; he was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama earlier this month.

The Help,” the tale of domestic workers in segregated Mississippi at the beginning of the Civil Rights era, is one more pretender for the title of Best Picture. Viola Davis can become Best Actress 2012 and Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer Best Supporting Actresses.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” the film about a boy who is trying to find out a secret from the father he lost on 9/11, earned a surprise nod for Best Picture, while Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” also slipped in. “Bridesmaids” got a nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, while Melissa McCarthy got a nod for Best Supporting Actress.

A newcomer Rooney Mara earned a nomination for Best Actress for her role in “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” though director David Fincher was left out.

Terrence Malick’s artistic and polarizing “The Tree of Life,” which starred Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain – who earned nominations for other films was nominated for a Best Picture; Malick earned a nod for Best Director.

However, there were a few so-to-say awkward things when the nominations are concerned.

For example, Gary Oldman earned his first ever Oscar nomination this year, eclipsing expected best actor nominee “Michael Fassbender” (“Shame“). Leonardo DiCaprio, for “J. Edgar” wasn’t included in the list as well.

Besides, in the directing category, David Fincher did not get a nomination for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

As CBS News reports, Ryan Gosling – despite earning praise for roles in “Drive” and “The Ides of March” – did not receive any nominations.

The 84th annual Academy Awards are set to air live on ABC on Feb. 26, 2012. Billy Crystal will be the host of the Oscar ceremony, which will take place at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, in what will mark his ninth stint.

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