Photo: Oscar Nominations 2012
Mexico’s Demian Bichir will be in the running for best actor honors here on Feb. 26 when the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out the Oscars.
Bichir was nominated for his role in the immigration drama “A Better Life” and will clash for the prize with George Clooney (“The Descendants”), Brad Pitt (“Moneyball”), Gary Oldman (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) and Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”).
This is the first Oscar nomination for the 48-year-old Bichir.
Argentina’s Berenice Bejo was nominated for best supporting actress for her part in “The Artist.”
The actress will be up against Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain (both for “The Help”), Janet McTeer (“Albert Nobbs”) and Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”).
“Chico & Rita” became the first Spanish production to be nominated for best animated film.
The movie will compete for the Oscar with “Rango”, “Kung Fu Panda 2”, “Puss in Boots” and “A Cat in Paris,” all big winners at the box-office.
Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias was nominated in the best original score category for his music track in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
Iglesias, 56, will face off for the prize against John Williams for both “The Adventures of Tintin” and “War Horse”, and against Ludovic Bource for “The Artist” and Howard Shore for “Hugo”.
Third time could be lucky for Iglesias, who has been a nominee twice before but has yet to take home the prize.