2012 Oscar Nominees: Will 'The Artist' Win Best Picture?

Dan Evon

Tonight, Billy Crystal will be stepping into his Oscar hosting shoes once again. The legendary comedian is sure to do a few sing and dance routines, but who will be walking out of theater tonight with a statue? Hollywood heavyweights George Clooney and Brad Pitt will be fighting for the best Actor Oscar award, but the real drama comes in the best picture category. Will the Academy Awards vote a black and white silent film, "The Artist," as the best picture of the year?

"The Artist" is nominated for 10 Oscars tonight so it's bound to take home at least one statue, but will it win Best Picture? "The Artist" did win the Golden Globe for best picture and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture which could foreshadow an Oscar win, but will the Academy choose a movie that doesn't have a big box office draw?

The LA Times writes:

"This film is a bit of a favorite for the best picture Oscar, but whether it will actually win is far from sure. But there's no doubt in my mind that it deserves all the awards it can get its hands on, including best picture."

The 2012 Academy Awards will broadcast live tonight on ABC. (You can watch a live video from the red carpet here.)

Here are the 2012 Oscar nominees.

Best Picture

The Artist Thomas Langmann, Producer

The Descendants Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Scott Rudin, Producer

The Help Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers

Hugo Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers

Midnight in Paris Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers

Moneyball Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers

The Tree of Life Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill, Producers

War Horse Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Actor In a Leading Role

Demián Bichir - A Better Life

George Clooney - The Descendants

Jean Dujardin - The Artist

Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt - Moneyball

Actress In a Leading Role

Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs Viola Davis - The Help

Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn

Actor In a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh My Week With Marilyn

Jonah Hill Moneyball

Nick Nolte Warrior

Christopher Plummer Beginners

Max von Sydow Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Actress In a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo The Artist

Jessica Chastain The Help

Melissa McCarthy Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer The Help

Animated Feature Film A Cat in Paris Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli

Chico & Rita Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal

Kung Fu Panda 2 Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Puss in Boots Chris Miller

Rango Gore Verbinski

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

Art Direction The Artist Laurence Bennett (Production Design); Robert Gould (Set Decoration)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Stuart Craig (Production Design); Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration)

Hugo Dante Ferretti (Production Design); Francesca Lo Schiavo (Set Decoration)

Midnight in Paris Anne Seibel (Production Design); Hélène Dubreuil (Set Decoration)

War Horse Rick Carter (Production Design); Lee Sandales (Set Decoration)

Costume Design Anonymous Lisy Christl

The Artist Mark Bridges

Hugo Sandy Powell

Jane Eyre Michael O'Connor

W.E. Arianne Phillips


The Artist Michel Hazanavicius

The Descendants Alexander Payne

Hugo Martin Scorsese

Midnight in Paris Woody Allen

The Tree of Life Terrence Malick

Documentary Feature Hell and Back Again Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky

Pina Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel

Undefeated TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas

Documentary Short The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin

God is the Bigger Elvis Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson

Incident in New Baghdad James Spione

Saving Face Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

Film Editing The Artist Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius

The Descendants Kevin Tent

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

Hugo Thelma Schoonmaker

Moneyball Christopher Tellefsen

Foreign Language Film Belgium, "Bullhead" Michael R. Roskam, director

Canada, "Monsieur Lazhar" Philippe Falardeau, director

Iran, "A Separation" Asghar Farhadi, director

Israel, "Footnote" Joseph Cedar, director

Poland, "In Darkness" Agnieszka Holland, director

Makeup Albert Nobbs Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin

The Iron Lady Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Music (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

Music (Original Song) "Man or Muppet" from THE MUPPETS Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

“Real in Rio” from RIO Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown; Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Short Film (Animated) Dimanche/Sunday Patrick Doyon

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

La Luna Enrico Casarosa

A Morning Stroll Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe

Wild Life Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Short Film (Live Action) Pentecost Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane

Raju Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren

The Shore Terry George and Oorlagh George

Time Freak Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey

Tuba Atlantic Hallvar Witzø

Sound Editing Drive Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Ren Klyce

Hugo Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl

War Horse Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Sound Mixing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson

Hugo Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

Moneyball Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, David Giammarco and Ed Novick

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin

War Horse Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson

Hugo Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning

Real Steel Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Descendants Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

Hugo Screenplay by John Logan

The Ides of March Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

Moneyball Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan

Writing (Original Screenplay) The Artist Written by Michel Hazanavicius

Bridesmaids Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig

Margin Call Written by J.C. Chandor

Midnight in Paris Written by Woody Allen

A Separation Written by Asghar Farhadi