MUMBAI: Martin Scorcese' 3D family film 'Hugo' has got 11 Oscar
nominations while the silent black and white film 'The Artist' got 10
nominations for the 84th annual Oscar Awards, making it a clear two-
The show will air on Star Movies on 27 February.
'The Artist' is the first black and white film to get a best picture
nomination since 'Good Night and Good Luck' in 2005. 'Hugo is the
fourth film released in 3D to score a best picture nomination, after
'Avatar', 'Up' and 'Toy Story 3'. If it is able to stop 'The Artist's
momentum, then it would be the first 3D film to win best picture.
This year nine films have been nominated for best picture the most
surprising being 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'. Another
surprise was 'The Tree Of Life' which among other things got nominated
for picture and director Terrance Mallick despite having been
previously ignored during the Oscar season.
'War Horse' from Dreamworks and Reliance Entertainment got six
best picture.Spielberg has been left off the director's list. However
Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg now have the record for most
best picture nominations for a producer with seven, passing Stanley
'The Descendants', which was earlier considered one of the
front runners, only got five nominations making it virtually impossible
for it to win Best Picture. However George Clooney is the favourite to
win best actor for his role as a father trying to cope with grief over
the fact that his wife is in a coma.
Clooney's competition includes Gary Oldman who finally scored his
first Oscar nomination for 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy', Surprisingly
Leonardo DiCaprio has been left in the cold for his turn as former FBI
director J Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'.
In best actress, it is a two-way fight between Meryl Streep playing Margaret
Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady' and Viola Davis for 'The Help'. 'The Help' is another best picture nominee and means that Dreamworks is the only
studio to have two films competing for best film.
Like 'War Horse', 'Moneyball' has also got six nominations including
for best picture and for its stars Brad Pitt and Jonah hill. It is a
serious threat for adapted screenplay.
Woody Allen's 'Midnight In Paris' scored four nominations including
two for Allen for directing
and writing. It has been over two decades since Allen last won an
Oscar. He could win for original screenplay unless 'The Artist' does a
John Williams got two nominations for his scores for the two Spielberg
films 'War Horse' and 'The Adventures of Tintin'. He has now been
nominated 47 times. Allen has now been nominated 23 times.
Interestingly while 'Hugo', 'Midnight in Paris', 'The Tree of Life'
and 'War Horse' got best picture nominations they did not get any
acting nominations. Apart from Dicaprio other surprising omissions
include 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo', 'Drive', which are not on
the best picture list.