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Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo" leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director slot for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

Also nominated for best picture Tuesday: the silent film "The Artist"; the family drama "The Descendants"; the Sept. 11 tale "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"; the Deep South drama "The Help"; the romantic fantasy "Midnight in Paris"; the sports tale "Moneyball"; the family chronicle "The Tree of Life"; and the World War I epic "War Horse."

Here are the nominees in the main categories for this year's Oscars, to be handed out at the climax of Hollywood's annual awards season on February 26.

Best picture: "War Horse," "The Artist," "Money Ball," "The Descendants," "The Tree of Life," "Midnight in Paris," "The Help," "Hugo," "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."

Best director: Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist," Alexander Payne for "The Descendants," Terrence Malick for "The Tree of Life," Woody Allen for "Midnight in Paris," Martin Scorsese for "Hugo."

Best leading actor: Demian Bichir in "A Better Life," George Clooney in "The Descendants," Jean Dujardin in "The Artist," Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"

Best leading actress: Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs," Viola Davis in "The Help," Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady," Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn."

Best supporting actor: Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn," Jonah Hill in "Moneyball," Nick Nolte in "Warrior," Christopher Plummer in "Beginners," Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."

Best supporting actress: Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist," Jessica Chastain in "The Help," Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids," Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs," Octavia Spencer in "The Help."

Best foreign language film: "Bullhead" (Belgium), "Footnote" (Israel), "In Darkness" (Poland), "Monsieur Lazhar" (Canada), "A Separation" (Iran).

Best animated feature: "A Cat in Paris," "Chico & Rita," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss in Boots," "Rango."

Best original score: "The Adventures of Tintin" - John Williams, "The Artist" - Ludovic Bource, "Hugo" - Howard Shore, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" - Albert Iglesias, "War Horse" - John Williams.

Best original screenplay: "The Artist" - Michel Hazanavicius, "Bridesmaids" - Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, "Margin Call" - JC Chandor, "Midnight in Paris" - Woody Allen, "A Separation" - Asghar Farhadi.

Most nominated films, and distribution company:

"Hugo" - 11, Paramount. "The Artist" - 10, The Weinstein Company. "Moneyball" - 6, Sony Pictures Releasing. "War Horse" - 6, Touchstone. "The Descendants" - 5, Fox Searchlight. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" - 5, Sony Pictures Releasing. "The Help" - 4, Touchstone. "Midnight in Paris" - 4, Sony Pictures Classics. "Albert Nobbs" - 3, Roadside Attractions. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" - 3, Warner Bros. "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" - 3, Focus Features. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" - 3, Paramount.  "The Tree of Life" - 3, Fox Searchlight. "Bridesmaids" - 2, Universal. "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" - 2, Warner Bros. "The Iron Lady" - 2, The Weinstein Company. "My Week with Marilyn" - 2, The Weinstein Company. "A Separation" - 2, Sony Pictures Classics.

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