Actress Jennifer Lawrence and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced award nominations today and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," with 11 nominations, and Golden Globe winner "The Artist," with 10, are the clear favorites this year.
Both films, along with “The Descendants,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “Midnight in Paris,” “The Help,” “Moneyball,” “War Horse,” and “The Tree of Life” were nominated for Best Picture. Brad Pitt, for his role in “Moneyball,” and George Clooney, for his in “The Descendants,” will compete against each other for Best Actor alongside “The Artist” star Jean Dujardin and Gary Oldman, who carried “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” and lesser known Demian Bichir for “A Better Life.” The Best Actress category is possibly the most contentious with Glenn Close, for "Albert Nobbs;" Viola Davis for “The Help;” Rooney Mara for “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo;” Meryl Streep, for “The Iron Lady;” and Michelle Williams, for “My Week With Marilyn” all vying for the award. The 84th Academy Awards ceremony will be televised from the Kodak Theatre on February 26, 2012.
Which films do you think deserve to win this year? Were any films or artists blatantly overlooked? Overall, what do you think of the films of 2011 in general?
Kenneth Turan, film critic, Los Angeles Times