Christopher Plummer, Dragon Tattoo, Glenn Close Score Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominations came out this morning and there’s at least one acknowledgement of a nuanced gay role: Christopher Plummer is up for Best Supporting Actor for his charming turn as a gay septuagenarian in Mike Mills’ Beginners. It’s not his first nomination but remarkably could be the first win for this 82-year-old actor.

Also of LGBT interest is Glenn Close’s nomination as a female servant who spends her life in disguise as a man in Albert Nobbs (ditto for Janet McTeer) and Rooney Mara as a bisexual spy/investigator in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Fan fave Melissa McCarthy got a surprise nod for Best Supporting Actress, a bit of a shock since she’s in a comedy in which she literally loses her—well, you know.

For Best Picture, there were 9 nominees out of a possible 10, with a surprise nod for the 9/11-themed film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. The Help got a nomination too but the film’s out director, Tate Taylor, was snubbed in the Best Director category.  He was in good company though as Steven Spielberg, whose War Horse received a nomination, was missing from the Best Director list too.  Also in the Best Picture lineup was Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, which got the most nominations of any film this year.

Below are the nominees in the top fields. For the full list of Oscar nods, go here. And be sure to watch the Oscars February 26 on ABC (like we had to tell you).


  • War Horse
  • The Artist
  • Moneyball
  • The Descendants
  • The Tree of Life
  • Midnight In Paris
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


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


  • 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


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


  • Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
  • Jonah Hill , Moneyball
  • Nick Nolte, Warrior
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners
  • Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


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