Two worthy films that lovingly illuminate the early history of Hollywood scored big this morning when this year's Oscar nominations were announced. Martin Scorsese's Hugo earned 11 nominations, and Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist was nominated for 10 Oscars. War Horse got six Oscar nods and The Descendants took five.
As we mentioned yesterday, the Academy this year adopted an esoteric new set of rules for its Best Picture nominating process, which can yield anywhere from five to ten nominees each year. The magic number this year turned out to be nine, a savings of one from the last two years' mandated ten Best Picture nominations.
In addition to the films listed above, the Best Picture nominees are Moneyball, The Help, The Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, and, surprisingly, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The New York Times dismissed the 9/11 drama as "kitsch" and an "impossible movie that has no reason for being other than as another pop-culture palliative for a trauma it can’t bear to face." Ouch.
The Academy Awards will take place on February 26. You can read the full list of Oscar nominees here.