24 January 2012 7:00 AM, PST | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Brad Pitt and George Clooney will go head-to-head once again along with Gary Oldman for Best Actor, while nine films were tapped for best picture. The lists includes several dark horses among favorites like “The Help,” “Moneyball,” and “The Artist.” The 84th Academy Awards nominations were announced live on television this morning (Jan. 24) at 8:30 Eastern at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The 2011 Oscars will be presented on Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre and televised live by the ABC. Among the big surprises were nine nominations for best picture. They included long shots like Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” and Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse. Also nominated were “The Tree of Life,” “Hugo,” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” »

- kgirard@theimproper.com (Keith Girard)

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