Hugo and The Artist lead the nominees for the Oscars which were announced on Tuesday.
Hugo a 3D film by Martin Scorsese exploring the magic of moviemaking, earned the most nominations with 11 overall, including best film and best director.
The Artist, a silent-era throwback film, has 10 nominations. Other top nominees include Moneyball, a baseball movie with six nominations, and War Horse, also with six nominations.
Other nominees for best movie are: The Descendants, a family drama, The Help, a civil rights movie, Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, a 9/11 movie.
Meryl Streep and George Clooney are nominated for the best acting awards. So are Gary Oldman and Glenn Close, and Brad Pitt and Michelle Williams.
Other nominees include Bret McKenzie for original song music and lyric Man or Muppet from The Muppets. There is only one other nominee in this category, Real in Rio from Rio.
Composer John Williams is nominated for the original score for The Adventures of Tintin. Williams is also nominated for his score for War Horse.
The nominees for foreign language film are Bullhead, Belgium, Footnote, Israel, In Darkness, Poland, Monsieur Lazhar, Canada and A Separation, Iran.
The 84th Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles on 26 February.