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Max von Sydow & Demián Bichir + George Clooney & Brad Pitt

George Clooney Max von Sydow
George Clooney and Max von Sydow

George Clooney and Max Von Sydow chat away at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon held on Monday, Feb. 6, '12, in Beverly Hills. Clooney is a Best Actor nominee for Alexander Payne's The Descendants. Von Sydow is a Best Supporting Actor nominee for Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. (Image: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.)

Clooney's competition for the Best Actor Academy Award consists of Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's Moneyball, Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Jean Dujardin for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist.

In the acting categories, Clooney has three previous Oscar nominations: he won as Best Supporting Actor for Stephen Gaghan's Syriana (2005), and was nominated as Best Actor for Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton (2007) and Jason Reitman's Up in the Air (2009). Here's wondering if Clooney – who gets shortlisted every other year – will earn his fifth acting nomination for a movie released in 2013. Among the myriad possibilities (in case those do get made and get a release next year) are The $700 Billion Man, Enron, Human Nature, The Monumental Men, The Boys from Belmont, and Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.

Von Sydow's 2012 Best Supporting Actor competitors are SAG Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe winner Christopher Plummer for Mike Mills' Beginners, Nick Nolte for Gavin O'Connor's Warrior, Kenneth Branagh (as Laurence Olivier) for Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, and Jonah Hill – whose nomination seriously upset Adolf Hitler – for Moneyball.

Unlike George Clooney, Max von Sydow, who'll be turning 83 next April 10, doesn't have a whole array of movies lined up – though Matt Whitaker's Truth & Treason is reportedly in the pre-production stages. Von Sydow, however, has an extensive list of highly prestigious credits: more than 100 movies spread over more than six decades.

Among von Sydow's most important efforts are the many films (certainly not “movies”) he made with Ingmar Bergman, including The Seventh Seal, The Magician, The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, Shame, and The Passion of Anna, opposite Liv Ullmann, Harriet Andersson, and others; George Roy Hill's Hawaii, with Julie Andrews; George Stevens' The Greatest Story Ever Told, with von Sydow as Jesus Christ; Jan Troell's The Emigrants and The New Land; William Friedkin's The Exorcist, and, more recently, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise, and Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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.

Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin

Jean Dujardin at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California, on Monday, February 6, 2012. Dujardin is a Best Actor nominee for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. (Image: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.)

Dujardin's Best Actor competition consists of Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, George Clooney for Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's Moneyball, Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Dujardin is a first-time Oscar nominee. Just recently, he won three major Best Actor awards: the BAFTA, the SAG Award, and the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical.

Among Dujardin's other movie credits are two James Bond-ish spoofs directed by Michel Hazanavicius: OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and OSS 117: Lost in Rio. In addition, Dujardin starred or was featured in numerous French productions, among them Ca$h, Brice de Nice / The Brice Man, Lucky Luke and the Daltons, Welcome to the Roses, The Clink of Ice, Little White Lies, and Nicole Garcia's A View of Love, featuring Marie-Josée Croze and Toni Servillo. Dujardin's upcoming movies include The Players, and (purportedly) Eric Rochant's Möbius (possibly co-starring Cécile De France) and Fabrice Camoin's A Stormy Summer Night (possibly also featuring Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil).

Besides Dujardin, The Artist cast includes Hazanavicius' off-screen companion and OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies leading lady Bérénice Bejo, Barton Fink's John Goodman, Chaplin/The Freshman's Penelope Ann Miller, Miss Nobody's Missi Pyle, Babe's 1995 Oscar nominee James Cromwell (son of director John Cromwell and actress Kay Johnson, both of whom were working in Hollywood at the dawn of the sound era), A Clockwork Orange/Caligula's Malcolm McDowell, and Golden Collar Award winner Uggie the dog.

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.

Martin Scorsese Max von Sydow
Martin Scorsese Max von Sydow

Martin Scorsese and Max von Sydow at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 6, 2012. Scorsese is in the running for Best Director for the period fantasy Hugo, starring Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, and Sacha Baron Cohen. Von Sydow is a Best Supporting Actor nominee for Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which also features Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks. (Image: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.)

Scorsese's competition for the Best Director Academy Award consists of Alexander Payne for The Descendants, starring George Clooney and Shailene Woodley; Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, and Sean Penn; Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Marion Cotillard; and Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo.

Von Sydow's 2012 Best Supporting Actor competitors are Nick Nolte for Gavin O'Connor's Warrior; Kenneth Branagh (as Laurence Olivier) for Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn; SAG Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe winner Christopher Plummer for Mike Mills' Beginners; and Jonah Hill – whose nomination (in lieu of Drive's Albert Brooks) seriously upset Adolf Hitler – for Moneyball.

Max von Sydow has an extensive list of highly prestigious credits: more than 100 movies spread over more than six decades. Among von Sydow's most important efforts are the many films he made with Ingmar Bergman, such as The Seventh Seal, The Magician, The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, Shame, and The Passion of Anna, opposite Liv Ullmann, Harriet Andersson, and others.

Also: George Roy Hill's Hawaii, with Julie Andrews; George Stevens' The Greatest Story Ever Told, with von Sydow as Jesus Christ and Dorothy McGuire as the Virgin Mary; Jan Troell's The Emigrants and The New Land, both opposite Ullmann; and William Friedkin's The Exorcist, with Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn. More recent credits include Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise, and Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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.

Brad Pitt Meryl Streep Bill Pohlad
Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad, Meryl Streep

Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad, and Meryl Streep at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 6, 2012. Pitt is a Best Actor nominee for Bennett Miller's Moneyball. Pohlad is one of the nominated producers of Terrence Malick's Best Picture nominee The Tree of Life, in which coincidentally Pitt has a key role. (Pohlad's fellow The Tree of Life nominees are Sarah Green, Grant Hill, and Dede Gardner.) Streep is a Best Actress nominee for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady. (Image: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.)

Brad Pitt, who has said he'll be abstaining from voting in the Best Actor category, is competing with Golden Globe (Drama) winner George Clooney for Alexander Payne's The Descendants;Golden Globe (Comedy/Musical), BAFTA, and SAG Award winner, and César nominee Jean Dujardin for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist (Dujardin has recently been auditioning for various villainous roles in Hollywood movies); Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life; and Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

The Tree of Life Best Picture competitors are the following: Moneyball, The Artist, The Descendants, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, and Tate Taylor's The Help.

Meryl Streep's competitors are Viola Davis for The Help, Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe) for My Week with Marilyn, Rooney Mara for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Glenn Close for Rodrigo García's Albert Nobbs.

Streep has been nominated for a record 17 Academy Awards. Her previous nominations include those for Karel Reisz's The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), with Jeremy Irons; Mike Nichols' Silkwood (1983), with Kurt Russell and Cher; Hector Babenco's Ironweed (1987), with Jack Nicholson; Nichols' Postcards from the Edge (1990), in which she plays a fictionalized version of Star Wars' Carrie Fisher, with Shirley MacLaine as a fictionalized version of Singin' in the Rain's Debbie Reynolds; and, as a fictionalized version of Vogue's Anna Wintour, David Frankel's The Devil Wears Prada, opposite Anne Hathaway as a fictionalized version of Wintour's former assistant Lauren Weisberger.

All fiction aside, Streep has won two Oscars: as Best Supporting Actress for Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), opposite Dustin Hoffman, and as Best Actress for Alan J. Pakula's Sophie's Choice (1982), opposite Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol.

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.

George Clooney, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara
George Clooney, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara

Oscar nominees George Clooney, Jonah Hill, and Rooney Mara at the Oscar Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 6, 2012. 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. (Image: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.)

George Clooney is a Best Actor nominee for Alexander Payne's family drama The Descendants. Clooney has won a Golden Globe for Best Actor - Drama, but lost the SAG Award to The Artist's Jean Dujardin. Clooney's 2012 Oscar competition consists of Dujardin (who has been auditioning for various villainous roles in Hollywood movies), Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's Moneyball, and Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Jonah Hill is a first-time nominee for supporting Brad Pitt in Moneyball. Hill's Best Supporting Actor competitors are SAG Award and Golden Globe winner Christopher Plummer for Mike Mills' Beginners, Max von Sydow for Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Nick Nolte for Gavin O'Connor's Warrior, and Kenneth Branagh (as Laurence Olivier) for Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn.

Rooney Mara is another first-time nominee for her performance in the title role of David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake. (The original Swedish version starred Noomi Rapace, who was all but ignored by US film critics and other award-giving academies and organizations.) Mara's 2012 Best Actress Oscar competitors are Meryl Streep for Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, Viola Davis for Tate Taylor's The Help, Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe) for My Week with Marilyn, and Glenn Close for Rodrigo García's Albert Nobbs.

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Stan Chervin, Glenn Close, Jean Dujardin, George Clooney, Chris Columbus; front row: Mark Bridges, Demián Bichir, Lon Bender

Oscar nominees Stan Chervin, Glenn Close, Jean Dujardin , George Clooney, and Chris Columbus at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon. Sitting in front of them are Mark Bridges, Demián Bichir, and Lon Bender. Oscar Luncheon 2012 was held in Beverly Hills, California, on Monday, February 6. (Image: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.)

George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, and Demián Bichir are Best Actor nominees for, respectively, Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, and Chris Weitz's A Better Life. Their competitors are Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's Moneyball and Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Glenn Close is a Best Actress nominee for Rodrigo García's Albert Nobbs. Her competitors are Meryl Streep for Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, Michelle Williams for Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, Rooney Mara for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Viola Davis for Tate Taylor's The Help.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone/Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets director Chris Columbus is in the running as one of the producers of The Help. Stan Chervin was nominated for the “story” for Bennett Miller's Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt. Mark Bridges is a Best Costume Design nominee for The Artist. And Lon Bender (along with Victor Ray Ennis) is a nominee for Best Sound Editing for Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, starring non-nominees Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan.

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.

Steven Spielberg, Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, Ludovic Bource
Steven Spielberg, Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, Ludovic Bource

Steven Spielberg, Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, and Ludovic Bource at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon, which took place in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 6, 2012. Spielberg has been shortlisted as one of the producers (Kathleen Kennedy is the other one) of Best Picture nominee War Horse. Dujardin is a Best Actor nominee for Hazanavicius' The Artist, which also earned nominations for the director-writer and for composer Bource. (Image: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.)

War Horse's Best Picture competitors are the following: Hazanavicius' The Artist, Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, Bennett Miller's Moneyball, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, and Tate Taylor's The Help.

Jean Dujardin's competition for the Best Actor Academy Award consists of Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, Brad Pitt for Moneyball, Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and George Clooney for The Descendants.

Michel Hazanavicius' competitors for Best Director are The Descendants' Alexander Payne, Hugo's Martin Scorsese, The Tree of Life's Terrence Malick, and Midnight in Paris' Woody Allen. His/The Artist's competitors in the Best Original Screenplay category are: J.C. Chandor for Margin Call, Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig for Bridesmaids, and Asghar Farhadi for A Separation.

Ludovic Bource's score for The Artist seriously upset Vertigo's Kim Novak (“I want to report a rape”) a few weeks ago. Even so, Bource won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe, and is competing for the Best Original Score Oscar with the following composers: John Williams for two Steven Spielberg movies, The Adventures of Tintin and the aforementioned War Horse; Howard Shore for Hugo; and Alberto Iglesias for Tomas Alfredson's 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.

Michelle Williams Gore Verbinski
Gore Verbinski, Michelle Williams

Gore Verbinski and Michelle Williams applaud someone at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon, which was held in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 6, 2012. Verbinski's animated feature Rango, featuring the voice of Johnny Depp, is in the running for an Academy Award. Williams is a Best Actress nominee for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn. (Image: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.)

Rango's nomination in the Best Animated Feature category consists of Puss in Boots, Chico & Rita, A Cat in Paris, and Kung Fu Panda 2. Williams' Best Actress competitors are Glenn Close in Rodrigo García's Albert Nobbs, Meryl Streep in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, Viola Davis in Tate Taylor's The Help, and Rooney Mara in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Michelle Williams has been nominated for two previous Academy Awards. Her first was for playing gay cowpoke Heath Ledger's cuckolded wife in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain (1995). The second, in the Best Actress category, was last year, for Derek Cianfrance's (almost NC-17-rated) drama Blue Valentine, co-starring Ryan Gosling.

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.

Steven Spielberg Martin Scorsese Jim Taylor
Jim Taylor, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg

Jim Taylor, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon, which took place in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 6, 2012.

The above photo sort of looks like prayer time at the Luncheon. If so, Taylor is thankful for The Descendants' Best Picture nomination. (Taylor is one of the film's producers, along with Jim Burke and director Alexander Payne.) Scorsese is thankful for his Best Director nod for Hugo, starring Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, and Sacha Baron Cohen. Spielberg, for his part, is one of the producers of Best Picture nominee War Horse, which features Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, and Tom Hiddleston. (Image: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.)

The Descendants and War Horse's 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; 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.

George Clooney Brad Pitt Rooney Mara Jonah Hill
George Clooney, Brad Pitt (Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill in background)

George Clooney and Brad Pitt chat at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon held in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 6, 2012. Both Clooney and Pitt are Best Actor nominees for, respectively, Alexander Payne's The Descendants and Bennett Miller's Moneyball. (In the background are Best Actress nominees Rooney Mara [for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo] and Best Supporting Actor nominee Jonah Hill [for Moneyball].) (Image: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.)

Pitt has said that he'll be abstaining from voting in the Best Actor category. His and Clooney's competitors are quite international: The Artist's Golden Globe (Comedy/Musical), BAFTA, and SAG Award winner, and César nominee Jean Dujardin (a Frenchman who has been
auditioning for various villainous roles in Hollywood movies); Mexican Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life; and the British Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's 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.

Michelle Williams Walter Mirisch
Walter Mirisch, Michelle Williams

Former Academy president Walter Mirisch, Best Actress Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, and possibly Harvey Weinstein's beard at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon, which took place in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 6, 2012. Williams is in the running for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe during the making of Laurence Olivier's The Prince and the Showgirl in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, co-starring Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Redmayne. (Image: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.)

Williams' Best Actress competitors are six-time nominee Glenn Close in Rodrigo García's Albert Nobbs, seventeen-time nominee Meryl Streep in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, two-time nominee Viola Davis in Tate Taylor's The Help, and first-timer Rooney Mara in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Michelle Williams has been nominated for two previous Academy Awards. Her first was for playing gay sheepherder Heath Ledger's wife in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain (1995). The second, in the Best Actress category, was last year, for Derek Cianfrance's drama Blue Valentine, opposite Ryan Gosling.

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.

Demian Bichir Jean Dujardin Glenn Close Oscar Nominees LuncheonDemián Bichir (plus Jean Dujardin and Glenn Close, among others): Oscar Nominees Luncheon.

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.

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

Brad Pitt Demian Bichir
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.

Martin Scorsese Lucy Walker Jim Taylor
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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3 Comments to Max von Sydow & Demián Bichir + George Clooney & Brad Pitt

  1. Soshi

    Definitely Jean Dujardin should win. I will never forget the dressing room scene or his dance with Berenice Bejo. This is a movie so suited for a sad economy as was “Midnight in Paris”. Jean made this middle-aged lady's heart go pitterpat!

  2. Nick R. Hansson

    The best actress in Hollywood 2011/12 is no matter why - the talented , outstanding and beautiful Michelle Williams in Simon Curtis´”My Week With Marilyn”. 15 miles better than “The Iron Lady” (Meryl Streep) and 25 miles better than “The Help” (Viola Davis). MW is så fantastic and - I think - the real Marilyn Monroe from 1956 and 1962!

  3. Kate

    i think Hugo was a better movie then The Descendants so i would put my money on Scorsese. but you never know, all i can do is hope. Plus, he deserves it for all the great movies he directed all these years!