The Academy just released the list of contenders for this year’s Oscars, and as expected the Martin Scorcesse children’s film Hugo and the French film The Artist lead the pack with eleven and ten nominations, respectively. The Help also picked up nominations mirroring the praise that the film has received from other award committees — Best Picture, Viola Davis for Best Actress, and Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain for Best Supporting Actress.

The full list of nominees can be found here, but if you’re interested in making your own picks for winners I would start with any movie you haven’t seen from the Best Picture list:

Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

We’ve talked about whether Hollywood is more comfortable with black women playing maids, but will that comfort translate into Oscar gold for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer? What other Oscar nominated movies have you seen and enjoyed? Speak on it!


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