HOLLYWOOD, CA (RNN/FOX19) - Ides of March, which was filmed in the Tri-State in February and March of 2011, has received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Kentucky native George Clooney, who directed and starred in the film, did not receive any acting nominations for Ides, but he did receive a best actor nomination for his role in The Descendants.
Martin Scorsese's 3-D flick Hugo led the pack for nominations with 11. The film, which chronicles a young orphan who lives in a train station in Paris in the 1930's, is itself a tribute to the craft of cinema. Scorsese also 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.
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 old, the nominations ceremony itself was full of drama.
Joining Clooney in the best actor category are Demian Bichir and Gary Oldman, who rode support from SAG and BAFTA nominations. The pair edged out assumed nominee Leonardo DiCaprio for his portrayal of former President J. Edgar Hoover. Jean Dujardin and Clooney's good friend Brad Pitt also received best actor noms for The Artist and Moneyball, respectively.
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 nominator's No. 1 votes in order to make the list.
The following is a list of nominees in major categories:
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McArthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
For a complete list of nominees, click here.
The 84th Annual Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled to air live at 7 p.m. ET Feb. 26. Billy Crystal has been announced as the host.