Hill, McCarthy and Wiig among Oscar Nominees

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
By Rick Duran
Jonah Hill

Academy Award Nominee Jonah Hill

Nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards have been announced, and several key comedy players were among the nominees. Jonah Hill earned his expected first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his dramatic turn in Moneyball, following his impressive run through all the precursor awards. Moneyball received six nominations overall, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Melissa McCarthy also received her first nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Bridesmaids, a major accomplishment for a mainstream studio comedy. Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig also received her first Oscar nomination in the Best Original Screenplay category, alongside her writing partner Annie Mumolo. The love for Bridesmaids did not, however, crossover to the Best Picture category, whose revised rules left this year with only nine nominees.

Midnight in Paris placed in several key categories, earning 4 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Woody Allen), Best Original Screenplay (Woody Allen), and Best Art Direction. As expected, support for the film did not include a Best Actor nomination for Owen Wilson.

The Muppets earned one of only two Best Original Song nominations, with Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie almost being guaranteed a win for his song “Man or Muppet.” Jack Black’s Kung-Fu Panda 2 was one of the nominees for Best Animated Film, while Owen Wilson’s Cars 2 did not.

Notable snubs this year included 50/50, which many predicted had a shot at Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Joseph Gordon Levitt) and a distant chance at Best Picture, which would have earned nominations for producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Likewise, a Bridesmaids Best Picture nomination would have earned Judd Apatow his first Oscar nomination as well.

The Oscars will take place on Sunday, February 26th, hosted by Billy Crystal. The silent film The Artist, which earned 10 nominations, is expected to sweep the ceremony in most of the major categories.


6 Responses to “Hill, McCarthy and Wiig among Oscar Nominees”

  1. Laura

    Awesome! LOVE that Melissa got nominated for that. Baha. XD

  2. Kevin Crossman

    The two-song Best Song category remains the biggest joke among the nomination list. Congrats to Hill, McCarthy, and Wiig on the nominations.

  3. Rick Duran

    So funny that now Seth Rogen’s “The Apocalypse” will have 2 Oscar nominees (Hill & Franco.) You know there will be some kind of joke about that.

  4. Jon

    The song category is a joke, I completely agree Kevin.

  5. Buffalo Billycan

    The Oscars are always a joke. Good to see some people I like getting nominated for things, but winning an Academy Award is not a good indication of anything.

  6. Chris

    As much as I liked Bridesmaids, McCarthy and Wiig’s script did not deserve Oscar Noms. McCarthy did nothing original to deserve the Nomination. 50/50 was the biggest snub in the screenplay category and seeing Bridesmaids there instead of it, you realize how stupid the Academy is.


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