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Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ leads Oscars 11 nominations

AP Movie Writers

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (AP) — 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.”

The nominations set up a best-picture showdown between the top films at the Golden Globes: best musical or comedy recipient “The Artist” and best drama winner “The Descendants.”

“The Artist” ran second with 10 nominations.

You can watch the Academy Awards on ABC and WWAY Sunday, Feb. 26.

David Germain reported from Park City, Utah.

Online: http://www.oscars.org

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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