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    >> the 84th academy award nominations.

    >> hello, everybody. good morning. welcome to the academy of motion picture arts & sciences. i'm the president of the academy. this morning we will share the news we have all been waiting for. i'm very happy to be joined by one of last year's best actress nominees jennifer lawrence . [ applause ]

    >> thank you, tom. good morning, everyone.

    >> the 2011 nominees for best performance by an actress in a supporting role are -- berniece bejo from "the artist," jessica chastain in "the help," melissa mccarthy in "bridesmaids"er, janet mcteer and octavia spencer in "the help."

    >> the nominees for best actor in a supporting role are kenneth brannagh , "my week with marilyn ," jonah hill in " moneyball ," chris f",," christopher plummer , nick nolte and maux von sydow in " extremely loud & incredibly close ."

    >> for leading actress . glenn close , viola davis , "the help," rooney mara in kwoez "the girl with the dragon tattoo, meryl streep and michelle williams in "my week with marilyn marilyn .".

    >> demian bechir, george clooney , jean dujardin , gary oldman and brad pitt .

    >> for best achievement in directing, "the artist," alexander payne , martin scorcese for " hugo ," woody allen for "midnight in paris " and "the tree of life ," terrence malick .

    >> best original screen play, michelle hazanavicius for "the artist," "bridesmaids," "margin call, woody allen , "midnight in paris " and a a sghar "a separation."

    >> "the descendants." john logan for " hugo ," george clooney , grant hezlov and beau willimon for "the ides of march ," " moneyball " and bridget o'connor and peter strong for "tinker, tailor, soldier, spy".

    >> for best foreign language film , "bullhead," "footnote," in darkness," "monsiur lazhar" and "a separation".

    >> for best nominated films, "a cat in paris ," "chico & rito," " kung fu panda 2," " puss in boots ," and "rango." [ applause ]

    >> and finally, i'm pleased to announce that the film selected as best picture nominees for 2011 are " war horse ," steven spielberg and kathleen kennedy , producers. "the artist," thomas langman, producer. " moneyball ," michael deluca and brad pitt , producers. "the descendants," jim burke , alexander payne and jim taylor , producers. "the tree of life ," nominees to be determined. "midnight in paris ," steven tennenbaum, "the help," chris columbus and michael barnathan , producers. " hugo ," graham king and martin scorcese , producers. and " extremely loud & incredibly close ." [ cheers ]

    >> scott rudin , producer.

    >> please join us february 26th when we celebrate the magic of the movies. thank you. thank you, jennifer.

    >> thank you.

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George Clooney and Brad Pitt were among the best-actor nominees.
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updated 1/24/2012 9:34:26 AM ET 2012-01-24T14:34:26

Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo" leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director slot for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

Also nominated for best picture Tuesday: 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 nominations set up a best-picture showdown between the top films at the Golden Globes: best musical or comedy recipient "The Artist" and best drama winner "The Descendants."

"The Artist" ran second with 10 nominations.

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Few expected "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" to make the best-picture list.

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.

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The best actress nominees are: Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"; Viola Davis, "The Help"; Rooney Mara, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"; Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"; Michelle Williams, "My Week with Marilyn."

Video: Analyzing the Academy’s Oscar picks (on this page)

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.

Streep went two-for-four on her first nominations, winning supporting actress for 1979's "Kramer vs. Kramer" and best actress for 1982's "Sophie's Choice." But she has lost her last 12 times, and the Globe win for her spot-on personification of Thatcher looks like her best chance yet to break that losing streak.

Slideshow: Meryl Streep (on this page)

The best actor nominees are George Clooney, "The Descendants"; Gary Oldman, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"; Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"; Jean DuJardin, "The Artist," and Demian Bichir, "A Better Life." Bichir's nomination all but came out of nowhere, as his film has not been widely seen.

Slideshow: Brad Pitt (on this page)

The best supporting actor nominees are: Kenneth Branagh, "My Week with Marilyn"; Jonah Hill, "Moneyball"; Nick Nolte, "Warrior"; Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"; Max von Sydow, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."  Nolte and von Sydow's nominations were probably the most surprising there.

The best supporting actress nominees are: Octavia Spencer, "The Help"; Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"; Jessica Chastain, "The Help"; Janet McTeer ("Albert Nobbs"); and Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids." McCarthy's nomination surprised many.

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Nominees for best foreign-language film are "Bullhead," by Belgium's Michael R. Roskam, "Footnote" by Israel's Joseph Cedar, "In Darkness" by Poland's Agnieszka Holland,  "Monsieur Lazhar," from Canada's Philippe Falardeau and "A Separation," from Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi. "A Separation" has already won the Golden Globe for best foreign language film.
The Oscars will be presented Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Billy Crystal and broadcast live on ABC.

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  1. Center stage

    George Clooney accepts the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film on Nov. 9, 2013 at the BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Michael Buckner/bafta La / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Culturally sensitive

    In Clooney's upcoming film "The Monuments Men," which he co-wrote, produced, directed and stars in, he appears (with Matt Damon) as a member of an Allied platoon in WWII tasked with saving priceless artworks before they are destroyed by Nazis. (Claudette Barius / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Second best

    Fans of Clooney love to pose with his image, even if it isn't the real deal. Here, members of the public say "cheese" alongside a waxwork model of the actor in London on Feb. 13, 2013. (Carl Court / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Lost in space

    In "Gravity," Clooney plays veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski, who is stranded in space after debris strikes the space shuttle where he is working. (Courtesy Of Warner Bros. Picture / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Lady in red

    Sandra Bullock and Clooney stroll the red carpet together at the premiere of their new film "Gravity" on Aug. 28, 2013, which opened the Venice International Film Festival. (Ettore Ferrari / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Star power

    Clooney takes a boat to the Lido Beach at the 70th annual Venice International Film Festival on Aug. 27, 2013. He was there to promote his new film "Gravity," which was shown out of competition at the event. (Ettore Ferrari / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Three amigos

    On Feb. 24, 2013 Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and Clooney take home the most prestigious Academy Award, a Best Picture prize for "Argo." Affleck starred, directed and produced; Clooney and Heslov, who often collaborate on films, were also producers on the film. (Mike Blake / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Standing for a cause

    Clooney is arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan in Washington on March 16, 2012. United to End Genocide, the Enough Campaign and Amnesty International held a rally to call on the United States and world leaders to stop the violence in South Sudan and prevent hundreds of thousands of people from starving. Clooney and several others, including his father, were released hours later. (Win Mcnamee / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Testify!

    Clooney smiles as he testifies at the Senate Foreign Relations Sudan and South Sudan: Independence and Insecurity hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington on March 14, 2012. (Kris Connor / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Oscar nominee

    Clooney, a best actor nominee for his role in "The Descendants," and his girlfriend Stacy Keibler arrive at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 26, 2012. Clooney lost to "The Artist" star Jean Dujardin. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Another Golden night

    Clooney and Keibler pose with his award for best actor in a motion picture -- drama for "The Descendants," backstage at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 15, 2012. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Critics love him

    Clooney accepts the best actor award for "The Descendants" onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at The Hollywood Palladium on Jan. 12, 2012. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Clooney for president!

    Clooney stars as a governor running for president in 2011's "Ides of March." Ryan Gosling plays his idealistic staffer who is quickly introduced to the dirty side of politics. (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Men of the year

    Gosling and Clooney pose at "The Ides Of March" premiere on Sept. 27, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. In the director's chair

    Clooney doesn't just star in "Ides of March," he produced, co-wrote and directed the film. Here he reviews footage with co-stars Evan Rachel Wood and Gosling. (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Name game

    Clooney signs autographs as he arrives at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of his film "The Descendants" on Sept. 10, 2011. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Backseat driver

    Clooney and Shailene Woodley are shown in a scene from the 2011 film "The Descendants," in which he plays a Hawaiian land baron. (New York Film Festival via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. That's life

    A tanned and happy Clooney arrives for the 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. (Andrew Medichini / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Supporting South Sudan

    Clooney attends voting ceremonies during the first day of voting for the independence referendum in the southern Sudanese city of Juba on Jan. 9, 2011. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Night of honors

    Clooney and then-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis attend the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights' 2010 Ripple of Hope Awards dinner honoring Clooney, Robert Smith and Marc Spilker on Nov. 17, 2010 in New York. (Kimihiro Hoshino / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Talking to the president

    Clooney met with President Barack Obama to discuss issues involving Sudan on Oct. 12, 2010, in Washington. (Pete Souza / The White House via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Saving Sudan

    Clooney was joined by TODAY's Ann Curry on a South Sudan visit in Oct. 2010. The actor says the international community needs to step in. "If we get involved now, we have a shot," he tells TODAY. (Tim Freccia / The Enough Project) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Armed and dangerous

    With James Bond on hiatus due to MGM's money woes, can Clooney fill the bill as the suave action hero of filmdom? Clooney, shown with Thekla Reuten, stars as an assassin who finds himself in trouble in scenic Italy in 2010's "The American." (Focus Features) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Seeking justice

    Clooney leaves Milan's law courts after testifying against three individuals accused of fraudulently using his name to promote a fashion label at Palazzo di Giustizia on July 16, 2010 in Milan, Italy. The actor testified as a civil plaintiff during the trial against the individuals running fashion label GC Exclusive by George Clooney. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. He's our guy

    Clooney accepts the Guy of the Year award at Spike TV "Guy's Choice" awards in Culver City, Calif., on Saturday, June 5, 2010. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Lady in red

    Clooney and girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis attend the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theater on Sunday, March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, Calif. (Dan MacMedan / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. The Reitman stuff

    Clooney and director Jason Reitman attend a news conference for "Up In The Air" during Day 3 of the Rome Film Festival at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome on Saturday, October 17, 2009. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. When in Rome ...

    George Clooney and Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis walk the red carpet before a screening of the movie "Up in The Air" at the 4th edition of the Rome Film Festival, on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009. (Andrew Medichini / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Looking 'Up'

    Clooney plays an unapologetic corporate downsizer whose untethered life is consumed by collecting air miles in the film "Up in The Air." (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Got their 'Goat'

    Clooney stars with Ewan McGregor in "The Men Who Stare at Goats," a film about a down-on-his-luck reporter (McGregor) who gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent (Clooney) who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to use paranormal powers to end war as we know it. (Overture Films) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Compassionate visit

    Clooney meets residents as he tours earthquake damage on the sidelines of a G8 summit, in St. Eusanio, near L'Aquila, Italy, on Thursday, July 9, 2009. (Alessandra Tarantino / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. High-level access

    Clooney speaks to the media following a meeting with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. Clooney was urging the new administration to take action on the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Movie night with dad

    Clooney joins his father, veteran journalist Nick Clooney, for a screening of the film "Good Night, and Good Luck," and a journalism panel at the Newseum in Washington on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. He's used to whistles

    Clooney and Renee Zellweger, stars of the film "Leatherheads," arrive at the Historic Salisbury Station in Salisbury, N.C, on March 26, 2008, on the third stop on a Whistle Stop Express tour to promote their film . (Peter Taylor / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. The usual laughs

    Clooney and Frances McDormand star in the 2008 Coen Brothers film "Burn After Reading" about two gym employees who try to blackmail a CIA agent over a computer disk containing his memoirs. (Focus Features) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Throwback

    Clooney is touted as "The Last Movie Star" on the cover of the March 3, 2008, issue of Time magazine. "He's a throwback to what movie stars used to be," friend Grant Heslov says in the article. "You see him and you think, Wouldn't that be a great life?" (Time) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. It's a snap

    Clooney directs and stars in "Leatherheads," a romantic comedy set in the world of 1920s football, where the owner of a professional team drafts a strait-laced college sensation, only to watch his new coach fall for his fiancée. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Boots on the ground

    Clooney, who has been designated as U.N. messenger of peace by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, visits the Zamzam refugee camp in North Darfur, Sudan, in late January 2008. (UNAMID via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. He comes in peace

    Clooney speaks at at news conference at United Nations headquarters in New York on Jan. 31, 2008, after being designated a messenger of peace. Clooney was joining eight other well-known individuals to campaign for U.N. causes. (Stephen Chernin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Lucky 'Thirteen'

    In "Ocean's Thirteen," Danny Ocean (Clooney) rounds up the boys for a third heist and they're out for revenge after casino owner Willy Bank (Al Pacino) cuts one of the original 11, Reuben Tishkoff (Elliot Gould), out of a deal. (Warner Bros. Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
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