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'Hugo' leads Academy Award nominations

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Jude Law and Asa Butterfield played father and son in 'Hugo,' which garnered 11 Oscar nominations. (Source: Paramount Picture/CNN) Jude Law and Asa Butterfield played father and son in 'Hugo,' which garnered 11 Oscar nominations. (Source: Paramount Picture/CNN)
George Clooney is considered a favorite to win in the best actor category. (Source: Columbia Pictures/CNN) George Clooney is considered a favorite to win in the best actor category. (Source: Columbia Pictures/CNN)
Meryl Streep earned her 17th Oscar nomination for her performance in 'The Iron Lady.' (Source: The Weinstein Company/CNN) Meryl Streep earned her 17th Oscar nomination for her performance in 'The Iron Lady.' (Source: The Weinstein Company/CNN)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA (RNN) - Martin Scorsese's 3-D flick Hugo led the pack as nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday.

The film, which chronicles a young orphan who lives in a train station in Paris in the 1930s, is itself a tribute to the craft of cinema. Scorsese received a nomination for best director.

In spite of Hugo's 11 nominations, however, The Artist remains the frontrunner to walk away with a best picture Oscar because the splashy Scorsese picture lacks support from the Screen Actors Guild, whose members make up the bulk of the Academy's voting bloc.

[Click here to view clips of this year's Oscar-nominated films.]

Hugo did not earn a nomination for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture at the 14th annual SAG Awards. And, as Entertainment Weekly's Dave Karger has pointed out, there has not been a film in the last 15 years that has gone on to win a golden statuette without first earning this nomination.

Black-and-white picture The Artist, which chronicles a silent film actor's fall from grace as sound is added to motion pictures, itself scored a hefty 10 nominations.

Much like the films going head-to-head for Oscar gold, the nominations ceremony itself was full of drama.

In the best actor category, Demian Bichir and Gary Oldman rode support from SAG and British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations to hear their names called out by Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and actress Jennifer Lawrence. The pair edged out assumed nominee Leonardo DiCaprio for his portrayal of former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.  

Meryl Streep extended her lead as the most-nominated actor in academy history. The actress earned her 17th Oscar nomination Tuesday for her tour de force turn as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

Audible gasps were heard on screen as Melissa McCarthy secured a nomination for best supporting actress. The breakout star of Bridesmaids will compete with personal friend Octavia Spencer, who was nominated for The Help, the empowering tale of a writer who documents the racism a group of maids face in 1960's Jackson MS.

And in the best supporting actor field, Max Von Sydow squeezed into the field for his performance as a mute man in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. The film, which has largely been ignored in the crowded field of pre-season awards was given a nod of approval by the academy, also scoring a best picture nomination.

In total, nine films were nominated for best picture. Pundits has predicted a smaller number of nominees due to a complicated scoring system in which films must receive 5 percent of nominators' No. 1 votes in order to make the list.

The following is a list of nominees in major categories:

Best Picture
The Artist
The Descendents
The Help
Hugo
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris 
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life 

Best Actor
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Actress
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Best supporting actor 
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn 
Jonah Hill, Moneyball 
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best supporting actress
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McArthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

The Oscars ceremony is scheduled to air live at 7 p.m. ET Feb. 26. Billy Crystal has been announced as the host.

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