Allen, Spielberg Pick Up Oscar Nods

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The 2012 Oscar nominations, announced this morning by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, included nods for Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg, and both Israeli and Polish films.

Allen continued his string of recent successes with three nominations for “Midnight in Paris,” which was shortlisted in the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay categories. The film already won the Golden Globe award for Best Screenplay, and has picked up critical plaudits and commercial success since its June release.

Other Best Picture nominations included “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse,” and “The Artist,” a low-budget, black-and-white silent film that won this year’s Golden Globe award for Best Picture. Martin Scorcese’s “Hugo” led the pack with 11 nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Score.

The Israeli film “Footnote” was nominated in the Foreign Language category, as was the Polish Holocaust drama “In Darkness.” Both will be competing against the Iranian film “A Separation,” which picked up the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Langauge Film last week.