Date: 25th January 2012
Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo" leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, earning nods for 'Best Picture', 'Best Director' for Martin Scorsese and 'Best Adapted Screenplay' as well as for several technical awards.
Meanwhile, The Artist earned ten nods including 'Best Picture', 'Best Actor' for Jean Dujardin and 'Best Supporting Actress' for Berenice Bejo.
Michel Hazanavicius is also up for contention in the 'Best Director' and 'Best Original Screenplay' categories for the ode to silent cinema.
Also nominated for best picture: the silent film "The Artist"; the family drama "The Descendants"; the Sept. 11 tale "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"; the Deep South drama "The Help"; the romantic fantasy "Midnight in Paris"; the sports tale "Moneyball"; the family chronicle "The Tree of Life"; and the World War I epic "War Horse."
The Artist could become the first silent movie to win best picture since year one at the Oscars, when "Wings" took top honors for 1927-28.
Because of a rule change requiring films to receive a certain number of first-place votes, the best-picture field has only nine nominees rather than the 10 that were in the running the last two years.
Golden Globe winners Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams scored Oscar nominations for best actress.
Two-time Oscar winner Streep padded her record as the most-nominated actress, raising her total to 17 nominations, five more than Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, who are tied for second-place.
See full list of nominations
Source: Press Release