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Oscar Nominations 2012 Announced: "The Help," Viola Davis And Octavia Spencer Make The List

by Cynthia Reid
January 24, 2012 1:09 PM
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Oscar nominations were announced earlier and The Help scored well getting a "Best Picture" nomination as well as garnering a "Best Actress" nomination for Viola Davis and "Best Supporting Actress" for Octavia Spencer.

Chico & Rita, an animated film given much ink here at S&A, also was nominated for "Best Animated Feature."

The Academy Awards will air live, February 26 on the ABC network at 7:00pm ET and 4:00pm PT.

Here's a listing of the main categories:

Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants


The Help

Midnight in Paris


War Horse

The Tree of Life

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Actor

George Clooney, The Descendants

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy

Demian Bichir, A Better Life

Best Actress

Viola Davis, The Help

Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Nick Nolte, Warrior

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Best Original Screenplay

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo, Bridesmaids

J.C. Chandor, Margin Call

Best Adapted Screenplay

Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne and Jim Rash, The Descendants

Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, Moneyball

John Logan, Hugo

George Clooney and Grant Heslov, The Ides of March

Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots


Chico & Rita

Best Foreign Film

A Separation (Iran)

Footnote (Israel)

In Darkness (Poland)

Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)

Best Documentary Feature

Hell and Back Again

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

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory



Best Documentary Short

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

God is the Bigger Elvis

Incident in New Bagdad

Saving Face

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Music (Original Score)

The Adventures of Tintin

The Artist


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Music (Original Song)

"Man or Muppet" from THE MUPPETS

"Real in Rio" from RIO

For additional categories that include makeup, visual effects and editing, please go HERE.

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  • Nadine | January 24, 2012 8:05 PMReply

    Okay S&A - I'm posting this again on another post re: the Oscar nominations... here's what I WAS WAITING TO SEE... I was waiting to see Hollywood would basically lift their legs up and cr@p on Steve McQueen by punishing Michael Fassbender. Is no one peeping this? I mean the Descendants? Here's the thing, I can name COUNTLESS actors who could have taken George Clooney's role...countless and improved upon it...countless... MONEYBALL? Brad is my dude, but I have a similar logic...not countless, but I could name 3 other actors who could've rocked it. The thing with Shame, is that I can't think of anyone who could've done a better job...not known, but more importantly, Clooney and Pitt couldn't do it. Not the way Fassbender way. Clooney has never been able to pull off clinical without one remembering that he is acting. Pitt ALWAYS has a lot going on behind his eyes which would typically be good, but would have betrayed the character Fassbender played... Like, is no one noticing that this major snub happened to the actor in a movie made by a Black man who basically sent shock waves through Hollywood by taking their a$$es to task for not being inclusive (see This is, FOR ME, a BIG story... Is S&A going to cover? I think S&A has to cover! YOU CAN DO IT!!! MAKE WAVES!!! Demian Bichir, c'mon!!! So typical!

  • KeepingItReal | January 24, 2012 3:57 PMReply

    The only person missing a nod is Mary J. Blige for the song "Living Proof".

  • Wanett | January 24, 2012 3:34 PMReply

    Wtf is Moneyball even about??

  • Sergio | January 24, 2012 3:46 PM

    It about the business and the financial side of baseball or as Bill Cosby once said about it which is SO true that "baseball is just nine guys standing out in a field doing nothing" In fact I think watching clouds formations is more exciting than baseball

  • blah, blah | January 24, 2012 3:22 PMReply

    As for Pariah not getting a nod, it might have something to do with the film not opening for a wider release until January 2012. Also, I'm surprised that Melancholia hadn't been nominated.

  • BONDGIRL | January 24, 2012 5:29 PM

    @Blah, Blah: Yeah, it's hard to do a side-by-side comparison with these 2 films. Pariah started out w/ 4 theaters and BDC had 2, both films quadrupled that weeks later. However, BDC steadily rose after right before Oscar consideration while Pariah did not. Why, I don't know. Maybe since their budget was larger, they spent more on marketing and getting screeners to ppl? The average Oscar voter is what, 65 yrs old? Even w/ Beyonce (rumored) to be a voter, you have to get established people who will champion your name to those people.

  • blah, blah | January 24, 2012 4:55 PM

    @Bondgirl: Pariah didn't open at all those 20-25 screens until January 13th (I know because I was counting down the days until it showed up here in Philly). Prior to, it was only in like three markets. But granted this is all speculation. As far as Lars being a Nazi, Roman Polanski was a child molester so I don't know why...oh, just thought about it...never mind, LOL

  • BONDGIRL | January 24, 2012 3:50 PM

    Oh, and I meant to add...Lars Von Trier is a Nazi, so as innovative a filmmaker he might be, he ain't getting a Oscar.

  • BONDGIRL | January 24, 2012 3:48 PM

    Pariah is at roughly 20-25 theaters, which is only 10 less than what Boys Don't Cry had right before Hilary Swank & Chloe Sevigny were nom'd. Ultimately, Pariah's audience didn't support it like it really could've. I saw it the first day, and my theater wasn't a city like NYC, that's baffling to me. I guess Dee Rees should've been on a tour telling reporters how studios hated the idea of showing a black family where the man is head of the household.

  • BluTopaz | January 24, 2012 2:56 PMReply

    Best way for blacktresses to get the nod -doggystyle with a redneck, play pathalogical beast or victim, or wear an apron.

  • BluTopaz | January 24, 2012 8:01 PM

    you are right about that... and the actress who everyone knows will win praised a much younger Black actress who is not going the safe route

  • jmac | January 24, 2012 7:00 PM

    If it's any consolation she won't win. So she played a maid for no reason. Wait a minute...

  • Cherish | January 24, 2012 2:45 PMReply

    I thought Al Pacino was gonna get the Best Supporting Actor nom for JACK AND JILL. Damn.

  • Neziah | January 24, 2012 2:38 PMReply

    Absolutely not, "Drive" wasn't even nominated for BP, plus I didn't care for "The Help".

  • Neziah | January 24, 2012 9:56 PM

    I've seen "The Driver", and although I agree with it being better than "Drive", "Drive" had enough authenticity and freshness to set it apart from Hill's film. Plus, I'll take Gosling over O'Neal anyday. O'Neal always looked like he was going to cry, so he was less believable as a badass. I wouldn't call it stealing either, it's more of an homage, and the plot was quite different with all the Mafia overtones running through. "The Driver" was more action-packed, and more of a cat and mouse film between a criminal wanting to get out of the game and a crooked cop, while "Drive" was about something else entirely and it kept the thrills to a bare minimum.

  • Sergio | January 24, 2012 2:46 PM

    Drive was another WAAAAAAY overrated movie. See Walter Hill's 1978 film The Driver which Drive blatantly steals from except Hill's film is way so much better. Fox has just stuck a new restored print of the film which means there's possibly a blu-ray DVD of it coming soon

  • Neziah | January 24, 2012 2:41 PM

    Ignore that message, meant to post it in Sergio's thread, which I'm about to do.

  • Cordell | January 24, 2012 2:35 PMReply

    I was hoping that Pariah would surprise (hopeful wishing). Anyways congrats to Viola and Octavia!!! Also big shout out to Siedah Garrett on her Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.

  • Laura | January 24, 2012 1:40 PMReply

    I haven't seen iron lady yet but I'm sure Meryl Streep is Viola's biggest competitor. Does anyone who has seen both 'the help' and 'iron lady' think viola could win? Could being the key word lol?

  • blaqbird | January 24, 2012 1:30 PMReply

    No all...smh....

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