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January 25, 2012  | by: Nicholas Persad

The 2012 Oscars will be held February 24

The nominations for the biggest night in Hollywood—The Academy Awards or The Oscars, as the common folk call it—are hot off the press, and there are definitely a few surprises in the mix.

Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is leading the pack with a whopping 11 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. (Go Martin!)

Hugo leads the Oscar nods with 11 nominations

Including Hugo, nine films were nominated for Best Picture—The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life, Moneyball and War Horse. My bets are on Hugo, but The Tree of Life, which shockingly wasn’t even nominated at the Golden Globes, might prove to be stiff competition.

George Clooney is taking home the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Descendants, but the other nominees include Brad Pitt for Moneyball (he actually deserves it), Jean Dujardin for The Artist, Damián Bechir for A Better Life and Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Looks like Leo didn’t even make the cut for J. Edgar.

Another category that, in my opinion, is already set in stone is Best Actress in a Leading Role. Meryl Streep is going to run away with it for The Iron Lady, as she did at the Golden Globes, but the other nominees, especially Viola Davis for The Help, put up a valiant fight.

The big shock of the nominations is Melissa McCarthy in the Actress in a Supporting Role category for Bridesmaids. I think she deserves the nomination, but this award belongs to Octavia Spencer for The Help. Her portrayal of the under appreciated maid Minny was marvelous.

Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids

Check out a full list of the nominations here, and don’t forget to watch the big show on Feb. 26.

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