The 2012 Academy Award Nominations Announced

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Martin Scorsese (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Martin Scorsese (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

[photogallerylink id=58404 align=left] The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles, and Martin Scorsese’s Paris adventure Hugo leads the pack this year with 11 nominations, among them Best Picture.

 Also nominated for Best Picture: the silent film “The Artist”; the family drama “The Descendants”; the Sept. 11 tale “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”; the Deep South drama “The Help”; the romantic fantasy “Midnight in Paris”; the sports tale “Moneyball”; the family chronicle “The Tree of Life”; and the World War I epic “War Horse.”

The nominations set up a Best Picture showdown between the top films at the Golden Globes: best musical or comedy recipient “The Artist” and best drama winner “The Descendants.”

See the full list of 2012 Oscar nominees.

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