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Demián Bichir & Brad Pitt, George Clooney & Jean Dujardin: Best Actor Oscar

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Demián Bichir applauded: Oscar Nominees Luncheon 2012

Best Actor Oscar nominee Demián Bichir is seen above at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2012 Oscar Nominees Luncheon held in Beverly Hills on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. Among those applauding Bichir are Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, Janet McTeer, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, and Glenn Close.

Bichir has been shortlisted for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, in which he plays an undocumented Mexican immigrant eking out a living in Los Angeles.

Best Actor nominees

Demián Bichir's competition for the 2012 Best Actor Academy Award consists of the following:

  • George Clooney for Alexander Payne's family drama The Descendants.
  • Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's baseball drama Moneyball.
  • Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's spy drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
  • Jean Dujardin for Michel Hazanavicius' silent comedy-drama The Artist.

Dujardin was this year's Best Actor SAG Award winner. Clooney and Dujardin won Golden Globes, respectively, in the Best Actor - Drama and Best Actor - Comedy or Musical categories. The Best Actor Oscar race will be between these two.

Demián Bichir movies

The Mexican-born Demián Bichir is a well-known stage, film, and television performer in his native country. Among his film credits are:

  • Steven Soderbergh's Che: Part One and Che: Part Two, as Fidel Castro.
  • Juan Carlos Valdivia's Mexican-Bolivian crime drama American Visa (2005).
  • Max McGuire's Foreverland (2011), opposite Thomas Dekker, Juliette Lewis, and Max Thieriot.

Bichir's next movie is Oliver Stone's Savages, featuring John Travolta, Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek, Uma Thurman, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro, Emile Hirsch, Trevor Donovan, Avatar's Joel David Moore, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2's Mia Maestro.

The 2012 Oscars will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the U.S., the Oscar ceremony will be broadcast live by the ABC Television Network.

 

Image of Jean Dujardin, Glenn Close, et al. applauding Demián Bichir at the 2012 Oscar Nominees Luncheon: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) website.

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Best Actor nominees 2012: Gary Oldman, Jean Dujardin, Demián Bichir, Brad Pitt, George Clooney

Oscar 2012 Best Actor nominees Gary Oldman, Jean Dujardin, Demián Bichir, Brad Pitt and George Clooney at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon held in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 6, 2012. Oldman is in the running for Tomas Alfredson's spy drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, featuring John Hurt and Colin Firth; Dujardin for Michel Hazanavicius' silent comedy-drama The Artist, with Bérénice Bejo and John Goodman; Bichir for Chris Weitz's L.A.-set drama A Better Life, with José Julián; Pitt for Bennett Miller's baseball drama Moneyball, with Jonah Hill and Robin Wright; and Clooney for Alexander Payne's family comedy-drama The Descendants, with Shailene Woodley and Judy Greer. (Image: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.)

Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, and Demián Bichir are first-time Oscar nominees. Brad Pitt has two previous Oscar nominations: Best Actor for David Fincher's fantasy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), opposite Cate Blanchett, and Best Supporting Actor for Terry Gilliam's mind-bending sci-fier Twelve Monkeys (1995), with Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe.

In the acting categories, Clooney has three previous Oscar nominations: he won as Best Supporting Actor for his scuzzy American spy in Stephen Gaghan's Syriana (2005), featuring Matt Damon and Christopher Plummer; and was nominated as Best Actor for Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton (2007), with Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson, and Jason Reitman's Up in the Air (2009), with Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick.

As mentioned elsewhere on this site, since 2005 Clooney has been shortlisted for an acting Academy Award every other year. If that pattern continues, he will earn his fifth acting nomination for a movie released in 2013. Among the different possibilities are the following projects: The $700 Billion Man, Enron, Human Nature, The Monumental Men, The Boys from Belmont, and Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.

The 2012 Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the United States, the Oscarcast will be broadcast live by the ABC Television Network.

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Gary Oldman, Jean Dujardin, Demián Bichir, Brad Pitt, George Clooney

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Demián Bichir, Brad Pitt

Best Actor nominees Demián Bichir and Brad Pitt at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 6, 2012. Bichir is in the running for Chris Weitz's A Better Life; Pitt was nominated for Bennett Miller's Moneyball. (Image: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.)

Demián Bichir is a first-time nominee. Previously, Brad Pitt was a Best Actor nominee for David Fincher's fantasy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), opposite Cate Blanchett, and a Best Supporting Actor nominee for Terry Gilliam's sci-fier/psychological drama Twelve Monkeys (1995), with Bruce Willis.

Bichir and Pitt's Oscar 2012 competitors are: Golden Globe (Drama) winner George Clooney for Alexander Payne's family comedy-drama The Descendants;Golden Globe (Comedy/Musical), BAFTA, and SAG Award winner, and César nominee Jean Dujardin for Michel Hazanavicius' black-and-white (mostly) silent comedy-drama The Artist (Dujardin has recently been auditioning for various villainous roles in Hollywood movies); and Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's spy drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

The 2012 Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the United States, the Oscarcast will be broadcast live by the ABC Television Network.

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Lucy Walker, Jim Taylor, Martin Scorsese

Lucy Walker, Jim Taylor, and Martin Scorsese at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 6, 2012. Walker is a nominee for the documentary short The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom. Taylor is one of the producers of Best Picture nominee The Descendants, starring George Clooney and Shailene Woodley. (The other two producers are Jim Burke and Alexander Payne.) Scorsese is a Best Director nominee for Hugo, starring Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, and Sacha Baron Cohen. (Image: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.)

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom competitors for Best Documentary Short are God Is the Bigger Elvis, Saving Face, Incident in New Baghdad, and The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Descendants' Best Picture competitors are the following: Scorsese's Hugo, Bennett Miller's Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Robin Wright; Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, with Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo; Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, with Pitt, Jessica Chastain, and Sean Penn; Steven Spielberg's War Horse, with Jeremy Irvine, Tom Hiddleston, and Emily Watson; Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, with Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, and Max von Sydow; Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, with Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Marion Cotillard;and Tate Taylor's The Help, with Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer.

Martin Scorsese's competition for the Best Director Oscar consists of Alexander Payne for The Descendants, Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life, Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, and Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist

The 2012 Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the United States, the Oscarcast will be broadcast live by the ABC Television Network.

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