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Oscar award Contenders for 2012 - 84th Academy

Here are the top contenders for the 2012 Academy awards to be hosted by Eddie Murphy.
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.

Tomas Alfredson
John le Carré (novel), Peter Straughan (screenplay)
Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy

The Ides of March

An idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. Based on the play by Beau Willimon.

Cast: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Wendy Aaron
Directors: George Clooney
Writer: George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Studio: Sony Pictures

War Horse

War Horse(2011)
Director : Steven Spielberg
Writers : Richard Curtis,Lee Hall,Michael Morpurgo(novel)
Music : John Williams
Starring : Jeremy Irvine,Benedict Cumberbatch,Tom Hiddleston,Emily Watson, David Thewlis.

The Artist

Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius (scenario and dialogue)
John Goodman, Missi Pyle and Malcolm McDowell

The Descendants

From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning "Sideways", set in Hawaii, "The Descendants" is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family's land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.
Director:Alexander Payne
Writers:Alexander Payne (screenplay), Nat Faxon (screenplay), and 2 more
Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Mary Birdsong, Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster, Nick Krause, Amara Miller

J. Edgar

As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.

Clint Eastwood
Dustin Lance Black
Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts

The Help

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960's decides to write a book detailing the African American Maid's point of view on the White families they work for, and their hardships they go through on a day to day basis.

Tate Taylor
Tate Taylor (screenplay), Kathryn Stockett (novel)
Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

A nine-year-old amateur inventor, jewelry designer, astrophysicist, tambourine player and pacifist, searches New York for the lock that matches a mysterious key left by his father when he was killed in the September 11 attacks.

Stephen Daldry
Eric Roth, Jonathan Safran Foer (novel)
Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock

Midnight in Paris

A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

Woody Allen
Woody Allen
Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates


The story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

Bennett Miller
Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Aaron Sorkin (screenplay)
Brad Pitt, Robin Wright and Jonah Hill