Best Picture contenders rack up 51 Oscar nominations

Unlike last year, the nine Best Picture nominees were not the most popular across the various branches of the academy. (VIEW GALLERY)

Four of them — “Hugo” (11), “The Artist” (10), “War Horse” (6) and “Moneyball” (6) — lead the pack but then “The Descendants” is tied at five with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” which did not make it into the top race. 

The Help” and “Midnight in Paris” contend for four apiece.

Coming in with three bids was “The Tree of Life.” That ties it with “Albert Nobbs,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”

And “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” was matched for two nominations by “A Separation,” “Bridesmaids,” “The Iron Lady” and “My Week with Marilyn.” 

Last year, from “The King’s Speech” with an even dozen bids down to “The Kids Are All Right” and “Winter’s Bone” with four apiece, the Best Picture nominees amassed 69 nominations in total. 

Eight of last year’s 10 Best Picture nominees counted at least one acting bid among their totals. “The King’s Speech” and “The Fighter” had three apiece while “Inception” was snubbed and the animated feature “Toy Story 3” was ineligible. This year, four of the contenders — “Hugo,” “Midnight in Paris,” “The Tree of Life” and “War Horse” — were snubbed by the acting branch. 

Nine of last year’s Best Picture contenders reaped screenplay bids; the exception was “Black Swan” which was edged out by “Another Year” for the fifth Original Screenplay slot. This year only five of the nine nominees are in the running. The snubbed screenplays are “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “The Help,” “The Tree of Life” and “War Horse.”


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