"The Artist," "The Help," "War Horse" Among Best Picture Oscar Nominees; Meryl Streep and Viola Davis Also Honored
By Kenneth Jones
Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards, honoring excellence for the 2011 year in film, were announced Jan. 24. Among the nominees for Best Picture are "War Horse," "The Artist," "The Help" and more. Nominees who have connections to the stage include screenwriter John Logan and performers Glenn Close, Janet McTeer, Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer and Viola Davis, among others.
Streep is nominated as Best Actress for Playing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." Davis (a two-time Tony Award winner for King Hedley II and Fences) is now Best Actress-nominated for playing a Southern maid in the segregated South in "The Help."
Screenwriter Logan is a Tony Award winner for Best Play for Red. He is Oscar-nominated for his adapted screenplay for "Hugo," a Best Picture moninee. "Rango," which he wrote, is nominated as Best Animated Feature. Read Playbill.com's recent interview with him about his writing life.
Director Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" is based on a youth novel by Michael Morpurgo. An acclaimed National Theatre adaptation is currently a Tony-winning hit at Lincoln Center Theater (and at the starting gate for a Toronto life and a national tour). Read about the stage and film versions of the property in a recent Playbill.com feature. Here's a Playbill.com chat with Morpurgo, who talks about the play and film of his story.
"The Ideas of March," nominated for Adapted Screenplay, is drawn from Beau Willimon's play Farragut North. He is one the screenplay's adapters.
Jessica Chastain, nominated as a Supporting Actress for "The Help," is Broadway-bound this fall in a new production of The Heiress.
Select 2012 Oscar nominations are below. For more information and a complete list of nominees, visit oscars.org.
Actor In A Leading Role
Actress In A Leading Role
Actor In A Supporting Role
Actress In A Supporting Role
Writing (Original Screenplay)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Music (Original Score)
The Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Billy Crystal, will be held 7 PM Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. It will broadcast on ABC-TV.
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