‘The Artist,’ ‘Drive,’ and ‘Harry Potter’ lead with ACCA Nominations

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The Awards Circuit readership has spoken!  The community unveiled their nominees for the 2012 Awards Circuit Community Awards with Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” leading with eleven nominations including Best Picture and Director.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences implemented a new rule that a film requires 5% of first place votes in order to be nominated for Best Picture.  The Awards Circuit adopted a similar rule that a film must receive 5% of votes in total to be nominated for Best Picture.  Consequently, eight films made the final cut and were nominated for Best Picture.

Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” tied with the second most nominations with nine including Picture, Director, and two acting nominations for Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks.  Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” was well received with eight nominations including a Directing nomination for Malick himself.  Brad Pitt received two nominations for his works in Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” and “The Tree of Life.” Alongside Pitt in the Lead Actor category are Gosling, George Clooney for “The Descendants,” Jean Dujardin for “The Artist,” and Michael Fassbender for “Shame.”  Clooney’s film also was nominated for Best Picture but missing out on a directing nomination for Alexander Payne.  Clooney’s co-star Shailene Woodley received a Supporting Actress mention alongside Berence Bejo for “The Artist,” Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer from “The Help,” and Melissa McCarthy from “Bridesmaids.”  “The Help” had very decent showing with seven nominations including one for Oscar frontrunner Viola Davis and an Adapted Screenplay nomination for writer/director Tate Taylor.

Nominated alongside Viola Davis is Rooney Mara for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady,” Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” and Michelle Williams for “My Week with Marilyn.”  Mara’s film also pulled in seven nominations but missing out on a Picture mention.  Director David Fincher was the lone director nominated alongside Hazanavicius, Malick, Refn, and Martin Scorsese for “Hugo.”

In the Supporting Actor field, Albert Brooks and Brad Pitt will face off against Christopher Plummer for “Beginners,” Jonah Hill for “Moneyball,” and Alan Rickman for the final installment of “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”  Rickman’s film scored nine nominations including Best Picture and Ensemble.  It was the first time any film of the Harry Potter franchise scored in any of the major categories.

Woody Allen and “Midnight in Paris” scored an Original screenplay mention to add to the film’s five nominations.  Jonathan Levine’s “50/50” only scored one nomination for screenwriter Will Reiser.  Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” could only muster two nominations in the tech categories while his other film “The Adventures of Tintin” scored only a Best Animated Feature nomination alongside “Rango,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Arthur Christmas,” and “Kung Fu Panda 2.”

Voting for the nominations opens up this week.  Read the list of nominees below:

Best Motion Picture

  • “The Artist”
  • “The Descendants”
  • “Drive”
  • “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
  • “The Help”
  • “Hugo”
  • “Midnight in Paris”
  • “The Tree of Life”

Best Achievement in Directing

  • David Fincher – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”
  • Terrence Malick – “The Tree of Life”
  • Nicolas Winding Refn – “Drive”
  • Martin Scorsese – “Hugo”

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • George Clooney – “The Descendants”
  • Jean Dujardin – “The Artist”
  • Michael Fassbender – “Shame”
  • Ryan Gosling – “Drive”
  • Brad Pitt – “Moneyball”

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Viola Davis – “The Help”
  • Rooney Mara – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • Meryl Streep – “The Iron Lady”
  • Tilda Swinton – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
  • Michelle Williams – “My Week with Marilyn”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Albert Brooks – “Drive”
  • Jonah Hill – “Moneyball”
  • Brad Pitt – “The Tree of Life
  • Christopher Plummer – “Beginners”
  • Alan Rickman – “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Berenice Bejo – “The Artist”
  • Jessica Chastain – “The Help”
  • Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids”
  • Octavia Spencer – “The Help”
  • Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”

Best Original Screenplay

  • Will Reiser – “50/50”
  • Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”
  • Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig – “Bridesmaids”
  • Woody Allen – “Midnight in Paris”
  • Terrence Malick – “The Tree of Life”

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, Nat Faxon – “The Descendants”
  • Hossein Amini – “Drive”
  • Steven Zaillian – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • Tate Taylor – “The Help”
  • Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian, Stan Chervin – “Moneyball”

Best Cast Ensemble

  • “The Artist” – Jean Dujardin; Berenice Bejo; John Goodman; James Cromwell; Penelope Ann Miller; Malcolm McDowell
  • “Bridesmaids” – Kristen Wiig; Melissa McCarthy; Maya Rudolph; Wendi McLendon-Covey; Jill Clayburgh; Ellie Kemper; Rose Byrne; Matt Lucas; Chris O’Dowd
  • “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2” – Daniel Radcliffe; Emma Watson; Rupert Grint; Alan Rickman; Ralph Fiennes; Michael Gambon; Helena Bonham Carter; Evanna Lynch; Warwick Davis; John Hurt; Domhnall Gleeson; Clemence Poesy
  • “The Help” – Viola Davis; Emma Stone; Octavia Spencer; Jessica Chastain; Bryce Dallas Howard; Allison Janney; Sissy Spacek; Anna Camp; Ahna O’Reilly; Chris Lowell; Mike Vogel; Mary Steenburgen; Cicely Tyson
  • “Midnight in Paris” – Owen Wilson; Rachel McAdams; Marion Cotillard; Corey Stoll; Kathy Bates; Carla Bruni; Adrien Brody; Michael Sheen

Best Achievement in Art Direction

  • “The Artist”
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
  • “Hugo”
  • “Midnight in Paris”
  • “War Horse”

Best Achievement in Cinematography

  • “The Artist”
  • “Drive”
  • “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
  • “Hugo”
  • “The Tree of Life”

Best Achievement in Costume Design

  • “The Artist”
  • “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
  • “The Help”
  • “Hugo”
  • “Midnight in Paris”

Best Achievement in Film Editing

  • “The Artist”
  • “Drive”
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • “Hugo”
  • “The Tree of Life”

Best Original Score

  • “The Artist”
  • “Drive”
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
  • “War Horse”

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

  • “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
  • “Hugo”
  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
  • “Super 8”
  • “The Tree of Life”

Best Achievement in Sound

  • “Drive”
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
  • “Super 8”
  • “The Tree of Life”

Best Animated Feature

  • “The Adventures of Tintin”
  • “Arthur Christmas”
  • “Kung Fu Panda 2”
  • “Rango”
  • “Winnie the Pooh”

Best Foreign Language Film

  • “13 Assassins”
  • “Certified Copy”
  • “Incendies”
  • “A Separation”
  • “The Skin I Live In”

Best Documentary Feature

  • “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”
  • “The Interrupters”
  • “Pina”
  • “Project Nim”
  • “Senna”

Honorable Mentions

  • “50/50”
  • “Bridesmaids”
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • “The Ides of March”
  • “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
  • “Melancholia”
  • “Moneyball”
  • “Shame”
  • “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
  • “War Horse”
  • “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
  • “Young Adult”

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Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.