Many expected silent film "The Artist" to be the top contender when nominations were announced Tuesday, but it was "Hugo," Martin Scorsese's 3-D family film, that earned the top spot with 11 nods. ("The Artist" earned 10.)
Gary Oldman, fresh off a BAFTA nomination for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," earned his first-ever Oscar nomination this year, beating out expected best actor nominee Michael Fassbender ("Shame"). Also left out of the category: Leonardo DiCaprio, for "J. Edgar."
It was expected that George Clooney would earn a best actor nomination for "The Descendants," but he's also nominated in the adapted screenplay category, with Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon for "The Ides of March."
"Bridesmaids" didn't make the best picture list, but the comedy still got love from Academy voters - a best supporting actress nod for Melissa McCarthy, and an original screenplay nomination for Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo.
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No nod for Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks' Oscar prospects took a hit when he didn't receive a SAG nomination for his role in "Drive," but many still expected to see his name in the supporting actor category this year. However, that wasn't the case - he was replaced by Max von Sydow of "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."
Iranian film "A Separation" was a shoo-in for the foreign-language film category, but it was also nominated for best original screenplay - the first time a foreign film has done so since 2007's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."
This was not a good year for Steven Spielberg - "War Horse" was nominated in the best picture category, but he was left off the best director list and his "The Adventures of Tintin" was not nominated for best animated film.