84th Academy Awards Nominations Announced - Full List for 2011

January 24, 2012

Academy Awards

The complete list of nominees for the 84th Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (via The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. There's no need to spend any more time introducing this, so let's get right down to it! The rules changed this year and we're just now finding out there are a total of nine Best Picture nominees this year, including The Tree of Life, The Help, Moneyball, Hugo and of course The Artist. Without further ado, check out the list of 2012 nominees below.

The 84th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 26th at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood with a live telecast airing on ABC starting at 7PM (EST) / 4PM (PST). This year's ceremony is being hosted by Billy Crystal (see the trailer). The complete list of 2012 Academy Awards nominees can be seen here:

The Artist
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
War Horse

Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Martin Scorsese - Hugo
Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick - Tree of Life

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

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

Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Max Von Sydow - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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

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

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash - The Descendants
John Logan - Hugo
Aaron Sorkin & Steven Zaillian - Moneyball
George Clooney - The Ides of March
Peter Straughan & Bridget O'Connor - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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

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

The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Hell and Back Again
If A Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3

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

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

The Artist
Jane Eyre

Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Iron Lady

The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

John Williams - The Adventures of Tintin
Ludovic Bource - The Artist
Howard Shore - Hugo
Alberto Iglesias - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John Williams - War Horse

"Man or Muppet" from The Muppets
"Real in Rio" from Rio

Congrats to all of this year's nominees! While most of this was expected, I'm much more shocked by some of the disappointing lack of certain nominations, including Michael Fassbender for Shame, Albert Brooks for Drive (or any other nominations for this), Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin, among others. But I am also, of course, happy that Warrior at least got a nod, and so did Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Only 33 days until the big ceremony - not too long of a wait! Thoughts on these noms?

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  • Neuromancer
    Go Bullhead!
  • I'm slightly put out that Tintin was left out.
    • Me Too! I thought that was an awesome movie.
      • Topher A
        How could Tintin win the Globe and not even get nominated at the Academy? It was one of if not THE best animated movie of the year, instead they give Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda 2 nominations? Unacceptable! Rango will win but Tintin deserved much more all around love.
        • Xerxexx
          KP2 was actually very good...Tintin may get something next year hopefully.
        • Tintin breaks the academy's rule against motion capture. They have a strict rule about the whole film being done by animators. The moment you put some one in a suit and capture their performance it's no longer animation.  Golden Globes don't have that rule and frankly I think they should. Tintin is good, but it's not animated. Not the way any of the other nominees were.
    • It's a performance capture movie. Performance Capture is against the rules for being nominated as an animated movie by the academy.  It's not good enough to be nominated for best picture though. There are much better films this year. 
      • David Banner
  • Nicolas Winding Refn. Ryan Gosling. Albert Brooks. Steve McQueen. Michael Fassbender. David Fincher. I'd like to apologise on behalf of the Oscars® Academy. Sorry.
    • Bltzie
      Rooney Mara IS nominated, so no apology needed there. 😉
  • peloquin
    These are aweful...No Serksis for Rise, no love for Harry Potter as best picture, no noms for Swinton, no nom for Senna, Project Nim, or Being Elmo in the documentary category, and Shame was completely snubbed?! This is riduculous...
    • peloquin
      Oh and they didn't nominate Fincher for adapted screenplay either...
    • Anonymous
      missing off Senna - the best documentary i have seen for ages - for a nomination is inexplicable. Serkis' snub is as frustrating as it was predictable.
  • Andy
    And Andy Serkis gets cheated again from getting a nom. That's all I see in this list.
    • Neuromancer
      I think the closest we're going to get for him is the Visual Effects category at this point in time... :(
    • This proves how freaking lame Hollywood is. Even if he did not get the win, he by far deserved the nom. Mega weak! 
      • Ultim8
        Serkis IS one of the most talented actors in the industry today! I don't believe any other actor works so hard OR destroys themselves so much in the course of their work (Just watch all the "Behind the scene" stuff on LOTR, King Kong, ROPOTA, etc)!!!!! Someone, Please, Give him an Oscar or Two......
    • The_Kid89
      Him and DiCaprio can't catch a break.
    • Anonymous
      with this *and* the Tintin snub, it shows they *really* don't know what to do with performance capture.
  • Bltzie
    Nick Nolte or Christopher Plummer... Dilemma 
  • brentsunrise
    What no Tin Tin for best animated feature? Not saying it should win, but not even a nod?
    • StevenF
      There are five nominations and Tintin isn't one of them? I mean, what the hell are Chico & Rita and A Cat In Paris?
  • Rojagegeo
    i was shocked that tranny3 got 3 nominations...and arthur christmas got snubbed!! no one liked arthur christmas??? or was it ineligible ?
    • Anonymous
      I LOVED Arthur Christmas...didn't expect much from going in but was completely amazed how charming and hysterical it was. Best family movie of the year aside from Real Steel
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close? George Clooney? Prad Pitt? Jonah FUCKING HILL?! Money, does indeed, talk...
    • GregDinskisk
      Brad Pitt was pretty good in Moneyball... Jonah Hill was great in it, although a lot more subtle. He deserves the nomination. I don't know about EL&IC or George Clooney, but... Still.
  • Anonymous
    agreed, Alex. where's the love for for Drive, Shame or We Need To Talk About Kevin? looks like it's all about a Hugo vs The Artist this year. very surprised that Swinton's missed a Best Actress nomination - mind you, the competition for that trinket is much stronger than for Best Actor. Oldman should win Best Actor. not because he is overdue one (which he is), but his was a performance of real finesse and nuance. i know you weren't thrilled with it, Alex, but i thought Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was quite magnificent - there's half a dozen best supporting actor nods right there! - but the Acamedy doesn't feel the love, it seems. interesting noms. the only thing i'm confident of winning is A Separation.
    • filmineeer
      even if Tilda Swinton got nominated again, and won amazingly, she wouldn't even want it because she gave her Oscar away (to her agent)
  • Alex, or anyone here. Could you please help me find out who casts votes/nominations? I want their names...
    • Well studios submit their films and then the academy votes on them and the members are actors and directors, previous winners and members of guilds... and so on.
  • yan
    Jonah Hill? Wtf.
  • Jim
    Shocked Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross got left off. Boo!
    • Anonymous
      I second this, are you kidding me?
    • Topher A
      I Third it! This is a terrible nomination list all around. Worst picks of any year I can remember.
  • Anonymous
    Wow. Some of those noms are truly head shaking. There are some seriously uninspired movies getting nominations this year. Oh, and I think it is incredibly sad that as a comedy Bridesmaids gets a screenplay nom, but 50/50 doesn't?
    • Anonymous
      I agree. Why Bridesmaids is so well received is beyond my power of understanding. 50/50 was way better... Also, Jonah Hill didn't deserve that nomination. And I haven't seen Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but from the reviews it seems that it shouldn't have been nominated for best picture.  But what can we do, besides grunting? Nothing...
    • GregDinskisk
      50/50 was amazing. I don't get that either....
  • Ryderup
    No... Fassbender..?
  • Al
    Ummm I know its just original song and all but: What in the hell happened to "Pictures In My Head", "Lifes a Happy Song", and "The Starspangled Man"?! Not only were these great showstoppers, but even if that Rio song was truly loved by the academy, theres room for 5 nominees...Yes, I know voting from this particular branch can allow for a flexible number of nominees, but I still don't see how those songs didn't manage the to receive the right level of love. We could have had truly memorable original song performances on Oscar night, oh well. 
  • liyan
    I don't get why Fassbender's not there.
  • Anonymous
    Proof 84 that the oscars are a joke.
  • Where is Tin Tin ??
    • it's not truly animated. It's motion capture. Because of that it's not eligible for animated category and it's not good enough to be in any other category except special effect in which it would win since the whole movie is basically a special effect.
  • Anonymous
    AHHHH! they are missing some real gems this year. this nom list is so bad i may not end up watching, although i do want Oldman to win best actor I am so shocked Swinton didn't get a nom, same with The Skin I live in for best foreign, or that Melancholia isn't up there at all... many many more up sets as well most shocked about Swinton though, seriously who missed that?!
  • Guest
    Seriously no Refn or Fassbender, this is a total scam
  • Mr. Tibbs
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close....really??
  • JP
    Seriously guys, how much does an Academy Award nomination really mean?  Last year The Blind Side was nominated for BEST FUCKING PICTURE.  That when I finally lost any ounce of hope of legitimacy.  The awards this year are laughable.  War Horse and The Help are better films than Drive?  Please.
    • Anonymous
      Not better, just more accessible (and Oscars just don't like to take too many chances)...but man I sooo feel your pain!
    • filmineeer
      oh look. Drive is nominated for sound editing.... *yay* >:|. is it just me, or are the Oscars getting seriously messed up?!
  • Something I've always disliked about the Oscars is that they fail to acknowledge performances that are embodied by actors who are deeply connected physically in their roles. (Ex. Ryan Gosling "DRIVE" , Tom Hardy "WARRIOR" & Andy Serkis "RISE") Now lets be honest Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is NOT a better film than 50/50, so how did the Oscars let this one slip by? JGL out acted everyone in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close alone. I guess thats my opinion but I stand behind it. Movie got SNUBBED along with DRIVE. Hell I'd even put Attack the Block over Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Also another actor snubbed this year is Michael Fassbender. I can go on about this but whats done is done :/
  • Dom
    Notice there's no Andy Serkis - How right I was. 
    • Ultim8
      see my answer (to Andy and Ian Pullen) above.
  • Am I the only one who felt like Gosling was especially cheated? I mean--Drive was his first action movie and he absolutely killed it.
    • SapphireD910
      Not to mention they snubbed him last year while still nominating Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine (I felt his character was the harder one, though both performances were great).  I really thought this was going to be a make-up year to at least nominate him. Hollywood seems to be aiming to lessen itself in quality and just pull faces.  Strong performers are so easily dismissed or reduced to their looks and bodies (completely ignored until awards if they're older or not typically attractive).  Then we still find ways to cater to a small portion of... can we even say movie fans... movie critics... all these people are out spoken about how great things that got snubbed were and how overrated many nominees are.  So who the heck are the people deciding these things... more so what kind of people are they? For once I have zero interest in catching up on the winners.  I'd like Oldman to possibly get it, but that's only because no one else I would have enjoyed is even nominated (Fassbender should have won, let alone been nominated, DiCaprio would have been an acceptable choice or Gosling, leaving Oldman the only one I know and support as a nominee).
    • I'm sorry but I think people love that movie way too much. I liked it, I was taken in by it's charm but then I watched it again recently and Gosling is good, but he's good for a guy with no emotion, lines or motivation. He's over shadowed by every other character in the film.
      • HealthyPoison
        So glad you thought this, I thought I was alone!
  • junebug
    Seriously, this list is pretty bootleg. It has been a crap year for movies. I was pleasantly surprised to see Paradise Lost 3 on the list. 
  • Anyone
    No Tintin for animated 
    • that's cuz it's motion capture. Against academy rules for that category.
  • Anonymous
    Alex, Get together with Peter from Slash Film and come up with your own mock ballot thread for the Best Of categories. Then, after tallying the fans' votes between both sites, send out an award to the winners. Maybe like a faux gold-plated reel of film, or sumpin'.
    • Awesome idea!
    • Anonymous
      Alex, please do this, it would be wonderful.
    • Anonymous
      For once in my life I'd actually vote
  • C'mon Alex! Get out here, we wanna hear your thoughts...
  • Xan Mobile
    No "The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)"?
  • Antonypacker
    I'm not really happy with this list. I was quite shocked to see old an nominated but it's nice to see. The reason this is gonna be a bad show is because like last year, there is no mystery as to who will win pic, actor and director... All 3 will go to the artist simply because it's got the hype and a unique quality.
  • Schristianroe
    Infuriated that the pretentious piece of garbage "Tree of Life" got a nomination over a plethora of others. It's just idiotic, but as someone already stated they did nominate "The Blind Side" last year.
  • Anonymous
    I know that it won't happen, but I think Kung Fu Panda 2 really deserves this over the others in that category. It was an extraordinary sequel, and that series is the last thread I cling to for hope when it comes to Dreamworks' animation studio.
  • Thatintroguy1
    Well I was pleased to see recognition for The Tree Of Life.
  • A Class
    I'm appalled that Senna didn't make the Documentaries category. Just shows how meaningless these awards really are.
  • Filmfan12332
    Nolte better win. A lot of really awful nominees in all categories.
  • Truong18
    these people were high when they pick out the nominations. Fassbender is way more better actor than clooney or pitt.
  • GregDinskisk
    I gotta say, I'm not very disappointed, aside from the animated film category, Ryan Gosling missing it out, and Trent Reznor (I think he deserved the nom at least...) Aside from that, not much. However, I don't get everyone's bitching about Jonah Hill... He did a GREAT job in Moneyball, while subtle, was truly great. Score is either going to Hugo or The Artist. I haven't seen The Artist (I've heard the soundtrack though), but I hope Hugo wins.
  • Oh look, Meryl Streep again. And seriously? No nod for Tin Tin?
    • It's not truly animated. It's motion captured which is against their animation rules. Therefore it'd have to be nominated in another category and it's not better than most films this year.
  • Topher A
    Pixar's short LA LUNA ISNT EVEN OUT can someone explain how it can be on this list?
    • they just need to show it some where and submit it. It probably ran in a short film festival.
  • Ege Sönmez
    I actually hoped for Harry Potter. I know that there's about no chance for a win but a nomination would have been nice on their part.
  • happy camper
    The Tree of Life!!! But no Tilda?!? this was a very poor year for film and these nominations show it.
  • Maxalnutt
    My only problem is midnight in paris shouldnt be nominated for anything. Sorry Woody.You've done much better work.The movies premise is cool but pulled off half ass. Cheap ending.
  • ?????
    Still upset over the lack of appreciation Harry Potter 8 got. It shouldn't have won but it would have been nice to get a nod in the Best Picture category as a sort of "this is iconic we know this great job" nomination. It was one of the best reviewed wide releases this year and barely any love. I think Alan Rickman deserved love as Snape, he was fantastic all series.
    • I love the Harry Potter series too but just because something is the end doesn't mean it's good. Put your love for the film aside if you can and try to watch it as just a film. It's boring, poorly shot, the action is stale, the acting from most of the cast is mediocre and it's long in all the wrong spots and vice versa for the short parts.
  • I can't believe so many people are so upset about Harry Potter not being nominated. Was I the only person who thought the last film was horribly edited, boring and lacked anything that made the previous films special?It felt like a rush to the finish even though they had permission from fans and the studio to make a 3 hour movie. They could have fit in all the moments we wanted to see.  The director has never been good with action and frankly I think the series as far as the films are concerned peaked with the 3rd.
    • agreed, I never even read the books and I still felt cheated with the lack of emotion in the last movie. such an unclimactic addition to an otherwise amazing series of movies.
    • Das BOOT!!!!
      It may have been because its the last movie, and it was cut in half. So its not like it has a true start as if it were a single film like ROTK. Just my thoughts.  
      • ROTK wasn't really a full movie either. Lord of the Rings was written as one book and was only split by the publisher.  Even if you watch both parts of Harry Potter 7 together I think they're horribly boring, long winded in the wrong ways and cut away from all the parts that are interesting. 
  • Alleycat4444
    Andy Serkis deserved better
    • Ultim8
      see my answer (to Andy and Ian Pullen) above.
  • Laurent
    I could not believe that Fassbender was not nominated for his role in Shame. He probably should have won too. Probably the best performance of the year.
    • SapphireD910
      Completely agree.  I was shocked and went over the list a few times when I saw it was announced.  Complete disbelief he wasn't on there. It makes me sad thinking how he may have been watching the announcements pretty sure he'd hear his name, maybe friends around... then nothing. You were robbed Michael.  It was a beautiful performance, brought me to tears, made me uncomfortable, displayed how attractive a man he is while making him so sad and ugly, and all while using very little dialogue.  Few Oscar winners or A-listers can really perform like that.
  • Zade
    Michael Shannon should have gotten a nom for Take Shelter and if not that Jessica Chastain should have gotten her nom for best supporting actress for take shelter not the help, i just hate that this film and other films (We need to talk about kevin) went ignored.
    • Guest
      I think Jessica Chastain should have been nominated for tree of life as well. She captured the character brilliantly.
  • No Leo? No Tilda? No Shannon? Let's give Meryl Oscar number 3 and let's hope she will retire happy and satisfied. Enough please...
  • StevenF
    I seriously wonder if the members of the Academy have seen Drive, I really do. You know what, I'm gonna pretend they haven't. No one can be that blind, right? Right?
  • MovieMogulMax
    Michael Parks for RedState 
    • AHAHAHAHA *sigh* so funny.
  • 2011 was such an exciting year at the movies, but the AA seem to have missed that. That's sad. It really was a good time.
  • jah p
    How about Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman in Tyrannosaur?Major snub!
  • Hattori Hanzo
    There was a time when I would watch the Oscars no matter how long the show was but then along came Shakespeare In Love and the annual Weinstein campaign it's been a farce ever since.
  • norvard
    Puss in Boots for animated film but no Tintin??? Either something is seriously wrong with this world or for some reason Tintin wasn't eligible?
    • Tintin wasn't eligible because it's motion capture, not animated. There's a difference. If motion capture counted everyone in the world of CGI would just do that instead. It makes the work so much easier.
  • It's beyond me how they completely ignored Melancholia. The fact that Drive only got one nomination is a Shame! 50/50 was also a really good film: completely ignored. I'm starting to believe it's all a big mafia and Mr. W and his pals are running it.. Oh well, let's hope Midnight in Paris wins lots of statues, but I'm sure the more overrated titles will.
  • David Banner
    I wonder "how close" Michael Parks was for a nomination?
  • Wow, that fat chick from Bridesmades got a nomination. What a joke. BTW, the reason for Tintin not getting nominated is because it's not considered an animated movie by The Academy. Stupid, I know.
  • Dr.No
    Rooney Mara please She was good but cant  match Noomi
    • filmineeer
      oh please! Noomi Rapace is an atrocious excuse of an actress that tries way to hard in her performance thus making her completely unbelievable. truly great performances are achieved by subtlety , and Mara did just that.
  • Markysri
    "Operation: Infiltrate The Academy" is in effect. I mean gheese, Drive, 50/50 and Senna were "stand-out" pieces of art this past season in film. #whereisthelove
  • coswell
    A Separation... Fuck you! Le Havre all the way. The Academy Award nominations always dissapoint me. So so so, SO, many films and actors left out.    (Still i always stay up and watch it... PS. Its not as easy to watch it from Europe where its on from like 2am to 6am :) )
    • coswell
      But yea, BULLHEAD for the Oscar. It was amazing!
  • Jackmooney9
    Go Hugo!
  • Guest
    I think Pariah should have been nominated. The lead actress was brilliant in that.
  • HealthyPoison
    Since all the noms were not great this year, I am really pulling for Woody Allen to get a few.  The only reason I will watch.




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