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Oscar nominations: 'Hugo' leads the way with 11

Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning and Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' garnered 11, including best picture. Also nominated for an Oscar are 'The Artist,' The Descendants,' and 'The Help.'

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announce the nominees for best actor during the announcement of Academy Award nominees in Beverly Hills, California on January 24. The 84th annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday February 26.

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Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo" leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director slot for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

Also nominated for best picture Tuesday: the silent film "The Artist"; the family drama "The Descendants"; the Sept. 11 tale "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"; the Deep South drama "The Help"; the romantic fantasy "Midnight in Paris"; the sports tale "Moneyball"; the family chronicle "The Tree of Life"; and the World War I epic "War Horse."

The nominations set up a best-picture showdown between the top films at the Golden Globes: best musical or comedy recipient "The Artist" and best drama winner "The Descendants."

"The Artist" ran second with 10 nominations, among them writing and directing nominations for French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, a best-actor honor for Jean Dujardin and a supporting-actress slot for Berenice Bejo.

Because of a rule change requiring films to receive a certain number of first-place votes, the best-picture field has only nine nominees rather than the 10 that were in the running the last two years.

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