Tree of Life
"The Tree of Life" was unexpectedly revived with an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and Best Director. Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt were also nominated, for "The Help" and "Moneyball," respectively. Reuters

The 2012 Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning, with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close taking an unexpected slot in the Best Picture nominee list. Max Von Sydow also got a Supporting Actor nod for his role in the 9/11 melodrama -- perhaps taking a spot most thought was reserved for Albert Brooks.

Other surprises were a Best Picture and Best Director nod for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. Bridesmaids lived up to its longshot expectations with a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Melissa McCarthy and an Original Screenplay nomination for Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo.

Here is a full list of the nominees announced this morning, along with the nominations for the Documentary category (both Project Nim and Bill Cunningham: New York were snubbed.) Click here for a detailed list.

Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants

The Help



Midnight in Paris

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

War Horse

The Tree of Life

Actor in a Leading Role

George Clooney, The Descendants

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Jean Jujardin, The Artist

Demian Bichir, A Better Life

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Nick Nolte, Warrior

Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Actress in a Leading Role

Meryl Streep, Iron Lady

Viola Davis, The Help

Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Rooney Mara, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo

Actress in a Supporting Role

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Berenice Bejo, The Artist

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Animated Feature Film

A Cat in Paris

Chico & Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2



Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Terrence Malick, Tree of Life

Documentary (Feature)

Hell and Back Again

If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front



Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Foreign Language Film

A Separation (Iran)

In Darkness (Poland)

Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)

Footnote (Israel)

Bullhead (Belgium)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Descendants



Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The Ides of March

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Midnight in Paris

The Artist


A Separation

Margin Call