A Separation gets a nomination for foreign language film and original screenplay.
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25 Jan 2012 - 9:25 AM  UPDATED 26 Feb 2014 - 4:10 PM

Hugo and The Artist have the most nominations in the 84th Academy Awards with 11 and 10 respectively, while Moneyball and War Horse have six each, The Descendants and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo five each.

All six have a chance of winning best film, as has The Help, Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life – curiously, the producers of this film have not been named – and the outsider, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

The nominees were announced at 5.30am today, Los Angeles time.

Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, Alexander Payne for The Descendants, Martin Scorsese for Hugo, Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris and Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life each have a shot at winning best director.

Hazanavicius was also nominated for his original screenplay and for editing, alongside Anne-Sophie Bion. Other directors nominated for screenplay are Woody Allen (original) and, alongside Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, Alexander Payne (adaptation).

An extraordinary aspect of the nominees is the inclusion of Sydney Film Prize winner A Separation in the original screenplay nominations, because the film is foreign – it is from Iran – and in the Persian language. Director Asghar Farhadi wrote the script and is competing against fellow directors Hazanavicius and Allen, as well as Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo for Bridesmaids and outsider JC Chandor for Margin Call.

Not surprisingly, A Separation has a spot in the foreign language category, along with films from Belgium (Bullhead), Israel (Footnote), Poland (In Darkness) and Canada (Monsieur Lazhar).

In the animated feature category all are first-time nominees.

The Help shone brightest in the acting categories with Viola Davis nominated for best actress and Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer competing against each other for best supporting actress. Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close and, for supporting, Janet McTeer), My Week with Marilyn (Michelle Williams and, for supporting, Kenneth Branagh) and Moneyball (Brad Pitt and, for supporting, Jonah Hill) scored two nominations each for performance.

The outsider in the running for best actor is Demian Bichir for A Better Life. Also up against Pitt is George Clooney for The Descendants, Jean Dujardin for The Artist and Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Clooney was also nominated for best adapted screenplay, alongside Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, but for The Ides of March, the only film in the category not also named for either best film, direction or performance.

Competing against Close, Davis, and Williams for best actress are, predictably, Rooney Mara for the US remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Meryl Streep for taking on the role of former British Prime Minister in The Iron Lady. What was on the faces of Close and Street, not just how they used them, also earned nominations for makeup.

As usual, a broad range of films were nominated for film craft, including the tent pole pictures Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, for visual effects.

John Williams is nominated for the original scores of two films, The Adventures of Tintin and also War Horse, making him second only to Walt Disney in terms of number of nominations ever received.

The presentation will be held on February 26 with Billy Crystal hosting.

FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS

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

BEST ACTRESS
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis - The Help
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marylin

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Brannagh - My Week with Marylin
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Max von Sidow - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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

Oscars Animated Feature Film

A Cat in Paris

Chico & Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots

Rango

Oscars Art Direction

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Hugo

Midnight in Paris

War Horse

Oscars Cinematography

The Artist

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

The Tree of Life

War Horse

Oscars Costume Design

Anonymous

The Artist

Hugo

Jane Eyre

W.E.

Oscars Documentary Feature

Hell and Back Again

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Parad ise Lost 3: Purgatory

Pina

Undefeated

Oscars Documentary Short Subject

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement

God Is the Bigger Elvis

Incident in New Baghdad

Saving Face

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Oscars Film Editing

The Artist

The Descendants

Kevin Tent

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Moneyball

Oscars Foreign Language Film

Bullhead

Footnote

In Darkness

Monsieur La zhar

A Separat ion

Oscars Makeup

Albert Nobbs

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin

The Iron Lady

Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Oscars Music (Original Score)

The Adventures of Tintin

The Artist

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Oscars Music (Original Song)

Man or Muppet - The Muppets

Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

Real in Rio - Rio

Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Oscars Short Film (Animated)

Dimanche/Sunday

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

La Luna

A Morning Stroll

Wild Life

Oscars Short Film (Live Action)

Pentecost

Raju

The Shore

Time Freak

Tuba Atlantic

Oscars Sound Editing

Drive

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Oscars Sound Mixing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Moneyball

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Oscars Visual Effects

Harry Pott er and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Hugo

Real Steel

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Oscars Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Descendants

Hugo

The Ides of March

Moneyball

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Oscars Writing (Original Screenplay )

The Artist

Bridesmaids

Margin Call

Midnight in Paris

A Separation