With the 84th annual Academy Awards a little over a month away on February 26th 2012, here are the final nominees for each category.

Best Motion Picture of the Year:

War Horse
The Artist
Moneyball
The Descendants
The Tree Of Life
Midnight In Paris
The Help
Hugo
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

This category is close to call this year but you have to look at The Artist as the front runner, especially if it takes home the BAFTA too.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:

Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Brad Pitt – Moneyball
George Clooney – The Descendants
Demian Bechir – A Better Life

Dujardin won the Golden Globe but this again is a tough one to call, many fancy Pitt to win following his fine performance in Moneyball.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:

Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Meryl Streep is favourite and it is hard to look past her for this one.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn
Johan Hill – Moneyball
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Max Von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Another tough category, Jonah Hill and Christopher Plummer look the most likely to scoop the win here.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet Mcteer – Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer – The Help

Octavia Spencer won the Globe, it will be interesting to see which way this goes especially after the upcoming BAFTA awards.

Best Achievement in Directing:

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Matin Scorcese – Hugo
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Woody Allen – Midnight In Paris
Alexander Payne – The Descendants

Surprised to see Allen nominated over Spielberg but I fancy Scorcese to follow up his globe with a BAFTA and Academy win.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for Screen:

Bridesmaids
The Descendants
Midnight In Paris
Margin Call
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Would probably go for Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris after it won the Golden Globe, but the BAFTA awards will be a good indicator.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:

The Descendants
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Very strong category, but I will go for Hugo or Moneyball as the two favourites.

Colin Firth won the Oscar for Best Leading Actor in the film 'The King's Speech', which also took home the Best Picture award beating the likes of 'The Social Network' and 'Black Swan'.

Best Animated Feature Film of The Year:

Une vie de chat
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Rango
Puss in Boots

Very strange to not see Tintin nominated, especially looking at the competition, Spielberg must be bitterly disappointed.

Best Foreign Language Film of The Year:

Rundskop
Hearat Shulayim
In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar
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Best Achievement in Cinematography:

The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Jeff Cronenweth
Hugo – Robert Richardson
The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse Janusz Kaminski

Best Achievement in Editing:

The Artist – Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants – Kevin Tent
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
Hugo – Thelma Schoonmaker
Moneyball – Christopher Tellefsen

Best Achievement in Art Direction:

The Artist – Laurence Bennett, Gregory S. Hooper
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
Hugo – Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo
Midnight in Paris – Anne Seibel, Hélène Dubreuil
War Horse – Rick Carter, Lee Sandales

Best Achievement in Costume Design:

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Anonymous – Lisy Christl
The Artist – Mark Bridges
Hugo – Sandy Powell
Jane Eyre – Michael O’Connor
W.E. – Arianne Phillips

Best Achievement in Makeup:

Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Iron Lady

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score:

The Adventures of Tintin – John Williams
The Artist – Ludovic Bource
Hugo -Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Alberto Iglesias
War Horse – John Williams

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song:

The Muppets – Bret McKenzie
Rio – Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Best Achievement in Sound Editing:

Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Best Achievement in Visual Effects:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Hugo
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

'Inception' scooped 4 awards last year for: Cinematography, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.

Best Documentary, Features:

Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Pina
Undefeated

Best Documentary, Short Subjects:

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
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Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Best Short Film, Animated:

Dimanche
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Best Short Film, Live Action:

Pentecost
Raju
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Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic

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