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Williams‘ competition includes Meryl Streep, who extended her record for most acting nominations to 17 with a best-actress honor as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.”
Also nominated: Glenn Close for the Irish drama “Albert Nobbs,” Viola Davis for “The Help” and Rooney Mara for the thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
Dujardin, the Golden Globe winner for best actor in a musical or comedy, will be up against Globe dramatic actor recipient George Clooney for “The Descendants,” in which the Oscar-winning superstar plays a down-to-earth role as a dad in crisis.
Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock’s “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” which got mixed reviews and has not been much of a factor at earlier Hollywood awards, was a very unexpected best-picture nominee. Co-star Max von Sydow was a surprise nominee for supporting actor.
Malick’s “The Tree of Life” also had been considered a bit of a best-picture longshot. The movie, which won top honors at last May’s Cannes Film Festival but was a love-it-or-hate-it drama among audiences, also picked up a directing nomination for Malick.
Melissa McCarthy, a supporting-actress nominee for the wedding romp “Bridesmaids,” is a rare funny lady competing at the Oscars, which seldom honor performances in mainstream comedies.
“I think it’s a big coup for all of us,” McCarthy said. “If you get the right thing and the right people, you can still make a really good movie that’s still a comedy.”
Demian Bichir also was a surprise nominee as best actor for “A Better Life,” an immigrant drama that few people have seen. Bichir said he had been ill the night before and learned he was nominated when his girlfriend called with the news.
“I thought it was part of my hallucinations from the fever,” Bichir said. “A nomination helps. I feel a lot better already.”
Pitt’s third Oscar nomination came for a film that he fought to make after it went on the back-burner amid screenplay and director changes.
“This one is more satisfying than ever,” said Pitt, who also shared a best-picture nomination as a producer on “Moneyball.” ”This movie was dead in the water two and a half years ago.”
Among those with strong prospects that came away empty-handed were Leonardo DiCaprio for “J. Edgar,” from perennial Oscar heavyweight Clint Eastwood, whose latest film did not score a single nomination.
While Spielberg’s best-picture contender “War Horse” picked up six nominations, the Oscar-winning filmmaker missed out in the directing category, a prize he has won twice. His first cartoon feature, the Golden Globe-winning “The Adventures of Tintin,” also did not make the list for best animated film.
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