The 84th Academy Award nominees have been announced. From the raunchy "Bridesmaids" to the epic 3D animated "Hugo" to the charming silent movie "The Artist", here are the critics' picks of the best movies in 2011. Canada has one entry, "Monsieur Lazhar" (directed by Philippe Farladeau), up against Iran's acclaimed "A Separation", for Best Foreign Film.  

Best picture

  • "War Horse"
  • "The Descendants"
  • "The Tree of Life"
  • "Midnight in Paris"
  • "The Help"
  • "Hugo"
  • "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

 

Actor

  • Demian Bichir, "A Better Life"
  • George Clooney, "The Descendants"
  • Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
  • Gary Oldman, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"
  • Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"

Actress

  • Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"
  • Viola Davis, "The Help"
  • Rooney Mara, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
  • Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
  • Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"

Supporting actor

  • Kenneth Branagh, "My Week With Marilyn"
  • Nick Nolte, "Warrior"
  • Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
  • Max von Sydow "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

Supporting actress

  • Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"
  • Jessica Chastain, "The Help"
  • Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
  • Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs"
  • Octavia Spencer, "The Help"

Director

  • Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
  • Alexander Payne, "The Descendants"
  • Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"
  • Terrence Malick, "Tree of Life"
  • Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"

Animated feature

  • "A Cat in Paris"
  • "Chico & Rita"
  • "Kung Fu Panda 2"
  • "Puss in Boots"
  • "Rango"

Original screenplay

  • "Bridesmaids"
  • "A Midnight in Paris"
  • "Margin Call"
  • "A Separation"
  • "The Artist"

Adapted screenplay

  • "The Descendants"
  • "Hugo"
  • "The Ides of March"
  • "Moneyball"
  • "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"

Best foreign language

  • "Bullhead"
  • "Footnote"
  • "In Darkness"
  • "A Separation"