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The Oscar nominations are announced… And it’s a mixed bag

Posted at 6:15 pm, January 24, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

The DescendantsThis morning, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for this year’s Oscars. As expected, silent French comedy ‘The Artist’ and melancholic George Clooney comedy ‘The Descendants’ (above) led the pack. Elsewhere, it’s a disappointing selection, prizing mainstream Hollywood fare like ‘War Horse’, ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ and ‘Moneyball’ over more challenging foreign or independent films. The British contingent got short shrift, with a Best Actor nomination for Gary Oldman in ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ (which also got an Adapted Screenplay nod)‚ but very little else. There were a few welcome surprises – Iranian masterpiece ‘A Separation’ got an Original Screenplay nod, as did the wonderful ‘Bridesmaids’, and there’s room in the Best Picture category for Terrence Malick’s soaring ‘The Tree of Life’.

Read the full list of the nominations, and find out where to see the big Oscar movies

Time Out’s film team have weighed in: check out our feisty Oscar predictions piece, and keep your eye on timeout.com/film between now and the big night (February 27) to get all the latest gossip, news, predictions and, of course, the full list of winners.

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