The Help pic (Viola and Octavia)

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

Hugo

The Help

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

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

Rango

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

Pina

Undefeated

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

Hugo

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.