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Oscars 2012 - Latest news

Streep scored a record 17th Oscar nomination for her controversial portrait of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, but will have to compete against Michelle Williams for Best Actress for her role in My Week With Marilyn.
The 62-year-old actress is in the running for the film The Iron Lady in which she plays Maggie as a befuddled old lady looking back over highlights of her career. Streep has won two Oscars but the last time she took a golden statuette home was for Sophie’s Choice 29 years ago. more:It's Maggie vs. Marilyn! Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams lead contenders for this year's Oscars
Brad Pitt received his third Oscar nomination , for his part in Moneyball. The actor, who lost out to close friend George Clooney at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, has never won the award. Michelle Williams and Meryl Streep - who both scooped Golden Globes - go head to head in the Best Actress category alongside The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara. The Artist looks set to be the big winner on the night - Sunday February 26 - alongside Martin Scorsese's children's film Hugo, which scooped 11 nominations.
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Hugo, the 3D epic adventure film directed by Martin Scorsese, leads the charge at 2012 Academy Awards with 11 nominations, including best film and director.
The second in line come The Artist, the French comedy which is up for 10 awards, including best film, director, actor and supporting actress. more: Oscar 2012: Martin Scorsese’s Hugo leads the charge with 11 nominations





THE NOMINEES ARE:

Best Actress
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn
Rooney Mara -  The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis - The Help
Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer - The Help

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

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 Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight In Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Costume Design
Anonymous - Lisy Christl
The Artist - Mark Bridges
Hugo - Sandy Powell
Jane Eyre - Michael O'Connor
W.E. - Arianne Phillips

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