ASA BUTTERFIELD stars in "HUGO." ©Paramount Pictures. (Click on photo for hi-res version)


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HOLLYWOOD—Two films celebrating Hollywood’s Golden Age are the top nominees for this year’s Academy Awards: Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” with 11 nominations and Michel Hazanavicius’ silent, black and white “The Artist,” with 10.

“Hugo” and “The Artist” were among the Best Picture nominees. The other seven film nominated were “The Descendants,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “The Help,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moneyball,” “The Tree of Life” and War Horse.”

Both Scorsese, a previous Oscar winner, and French director Hazanavicius, a first-time nominee, received Best Director nominations. The other Best Director nominees were Alexander Payne (“The Descendants”), Woody Allen (“Midnight in Paris”) and Terrence Malick (“The Tree of Life”).

“The Artist” also picked up acting nominations for Jean Dujardin in the Best Actor category and Berenice Bejo in the Supporting Actress category.

Dujardin will compete against Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”), George Clooney (“The Descendants”), Gary Oldman (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) and Brad Pitt (“Moneyball”).

The Best Actress nominees are Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs”),  Viola Davis (“The Help”), Rooney Mara (“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”) and Michelle Williams (“My Week with Marilyn.”

The other nominations include:

Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh (“My Week with Marilyn”)

Jonah Hill (“Moneyball”)

Nick Nolte (“Warrior”)

Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”)

Max von Sydow (“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”)

Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”)

Jessica Chastain (“The Help”)

Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”)

Janet McTeer (“Albert Nobbs”)

Octavia Spencer (“The Help”)

Foreign Language Films

“Bullhead,” Belgium

“Footnote,” Israel

“In Darkness,” Poland

“Monsieur Lazhar,” Canada

“A Separation,” Iran

 Animated Feature

“A Cat in Paris”

“Chico & Rita”

“Kung Fu Panda 2”

“Puss in Boots”


The nominations were announced Tuesday by Academy President Tom Sherak and actress Jennifer Lawrence, a 2010 Supporting Actress nominee. The winners will be announced at the Academy Awards ceremony broadcast live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26.