Oscar Nominations 2012

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A shortlist of this year’s Oscar (Academy Award) nominees is in, and I’m guessing that several of Hollywood‘s leading actors and actresses will be feeling quite smug right about now.

Up for the ‘Best Actress‘ award is obvious winner Meryl Streep (‘The Iron Lady‘), Glenn Close (‘Albert Nobbs‘), Viola Davis (‘The Help‘), Rooney Mara (‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘), and Michelle Williams (‘My Week with Marylin‘).

The nominees for the ‘Best Supporting Actress‘ category include the hilarious Melissa McCarthy (‘Bridesmaids‘), Octavia Spencer (‘The Help‘), Berenice Bejo (‘The Artist‘), Jessica Chastain (‘The Help‘), and Janet McTeer (‘Albert Nobbs.’)

Battling it out for ‘Best Actor‘ are: George Clooney (‘The Descendants‘), Brad Pitt (‘Moneyball‘), Jean Dujardin (‘The Artist‘), Damian Bichir (‘A Better Life‘) and Gary Oldman (‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy‘).

“I am honored to be in company with such beautiful artists, and touched deeply by my fellow actors for their generosity in giving me this acknowledgment,” said Meryl Streep.

Brad Pitt wrote: “This is an extraordinary honor. I am dizzy with joy… and caffeine. Considering both films, ‘Moneyball‘ and ‘The Tree of Life,’ nearly didn’t make it to the screen, this is especially sweet. And I’d like to thank all the artisans and craftsmen who gave their best to each film. I am especially over the moon for Jonah (and the other ‘Moneyballers‘ acknowledged today), Terry Malick and the tribute this is to Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s organization. My congratulations to all the nominees…pancakes for everyone.”

So it’s looking like ‘The Help‘ and ‘War Horse‘ are the front-runners for the awards!

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