The Academy showed a lot of love to classic cinema today. Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" – an ode to the magic of filmmaking – scored 11 nominations, including best picture, director and screenplay. The silent, black-and-white film "The Artist" scored ten nominations, including best picture, director, screenplay, actor and supporting actress. Despite having enough room for ten best picture nominees, only nine received enough qualifying votes: "The Tree of Life," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball," "The Descendants," "The Help," "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," "War Horse," and the two aforementioned.
Comedy fans hoped the box-office smash "Bridesmaids" would make the list. It wasn't snubbed though. It's up for best original screenplay and a supporting actress nomination for Melissa McCarthy.
Meryl Streep surprised no one with her 17th Oscar nomination for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." Also nominated for best actress: Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, Viola Davis for "The Help," Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs" and Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
Best actor nods went to George Clooney for "The Descendants," Brad Pitt in "Moneyball," Demian Bichir for "A Better Life''; Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," and Jean Dujardin for "The Artist."
Who was robbed? Who’s most likely to take home Oscar gold? Any notable trends in the list?
Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and BoxOffice.com