In case you missed it (it was 5:30 in the morning on the West Coast after all), the Academy Award nominations were announced this morning. Normally, this isn’t an appointment for the Nerds and the Nerd Elite, because unless a movie’s named “The Lord of the Rings” the Oscars don’t really give us the love…
Unless you’re Martin Scorsese. The ultimate film nerd garnered 11 nominations between him and the artists behind his recent film, Hugo, which was one nomination more than his nearest rival, the silent film The Artist. Hugo was nominated for Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score and several technical awards.
Another big film nerd, Steven Spielberg, also had reason to celebrate this morning as his film War Horse received a total of six nominations, including Best Picture, but sadly for Spielberg there was no Best Director nod. There was also no Best Director nomination for David Fincher, but his film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo received five nominations in total including a Best Actress nomination for Rooney Mara.
As usually, the nerdiest of categories were the technical ones. Transformers: Dark of the Moon won three nominations including Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects, while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 also received three nominations for Art Direction, Makeup and Visual Effects. Real Steel and Rise of the Planet of the Apes also received Best Visual Effects nominations.
In the animation category, Pixar was shut out of the Best Animated Feature for the first time since the invention of that category in 2001, but Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots were all nominated along with A Cat in Paris from France and the Spanish Chico & Rita.
Overall, this year’s Oscars are shaping up to be one of its most surprising and controversial. Billy Crystal will officiate the show when the Oscars are handed out February 26th at 7 pm on ABC.
Check out the full list of nominations after the jump