Hugo, The Artist Lead Oscar Nominees
Martin Scorsese film scores 11 nods, silent film gets 10
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 24, 2012 7:46 AM CST
In this file film publicity image released by The Weinstein Company, Jean Dujardin portrays George Valentin, left, and Berenice Bejo portrays Peppy Miller in a scene from "The Artist."   (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, FILE)

(Newser) – Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure Hugo leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them Best Picture and the latest Best Director nod for the Oscar-riffic filmmaker. Also nominated for Best Picture this morning: silent film The Artist; family drama The Descendants; Sept. 11 tale Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; Deep South drama The Help; romantic fantasy Midnight in Paris; sports tale Moneyball; family chronicle The Tree of Life; and 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 today with 10 Oscar nominations. (Even comedy Bridesmaids got some love at today's nominations announcement, scoring a nod for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Melissa McCarthy.) The Oscars air on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7pm Eastern. See the official site for all the nominees, or click to read about the biggest surprises ... and snubs.