The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced nine films in the category of Best Motion Picture for 2011. They are:
- The Help
- The Artist
- The Descendants
- Midnight in Paris
- War Horse
- The Tree of Life
- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Oscar nominations are made weeks before the Golden Globes, so those awards don't influence the Academy's picks. "Hollywood loves movies about Hollywood," said a guest on Today. That, and the fact the average age of Academy voters is over 60, may have influenced the decisions.
Need to see the films? Here's a list of theatres in southern Fairfax County and Alexandria:
The 84th Academy Awards will be broadcast live Feb. 26 on ABC.