It’s January, so everyone knows what that means…it’s awards season! Forgot the cold and the rain, it’s that time of year when films, TV and music are judged and voted upon and just this morning the biggest of them all made their 2012 nominations announcement — The Oscars.

As with every other awards show and association, these aren’t necessarily the best films and performances of 2011, despite what many may say, but rather what the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deems as their favorites. Still, The Oscars are the most respected of any awards association and their nominations and wins carry a lot of weight in the film industry. However, their nominations always lead to the inevitable discussions of who was nominated and, sometimes more importantly, who wasn’t nominated.

This year’s nominations have many familiar faces and contain few real surprises. The only major surprise, one that caused some stirring during the announcements, is a Supporting Actor nod for Jonah Hill in Moneyball who’s spot was rumored to go to Albert Brooks for Drive. Actually Drive, which was released in late 2011 to much praise from national critics, failed to score any nominations in any of the major categories. It’s star Ryan Gosling is also noticeably absent from the lists despite generating high marks for the film as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Crazy, Stupid, Love and accolades for The Ides of March.

Many were also surprised that Martin Scorcese’s Hugo scored the most nominations, 11, while The Artist, a silent film that became a quick forerunner during awards season, came in second with 10. However this is hardly a shock since Scorcese has been an Oscar mainstay for decades even if he only won his first Best Director Oscar recently.

Other notable tidbits are David Fincher failing to receive a Best Director nod for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, who’s star Rooney Mara scored a Best Actress nod, while Bridesmaids was able to score two nominations, one for it’s screenplay by star Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo and one for Melissa McCarthy. Gary Oldman also scored his first Oscar nomination ever for his leading role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

The winners will be announced during the broadcast on Sunday, February 26 hosted by Billy Crystal. So until then, here’s a list of all the major categories’ nominees. Now the question is, who should win?

Best Picture:

The Artist

The Descendants

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The Help


Midnight in Paris


The Tree of Life

War Horse

Best Actor:

Demian Bichir, A Better Life

George Clooney, The Descendants

Jean Dujarin, The Artist

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Actress:

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

Best Supporting Actor:

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Nick Nolte, Warrior

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Supporting Actress:

Berenice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Directing:

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Best Foreign Language Film:

Bullhead (Belgium)

Footnote (Israel)

In Darkness (Poland)

Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)

A Separation (Iran)

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants

John Logan, Hugo

George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, The Ides of March

Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, Moneyball

Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Original Screenplay:

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

J.C. Chandor, Margin Call

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

For a full list of nominees head over to the official Oscar website.