08/19/2011 10:05 am ET Updated Oct 19, 2011

Early 2012 Oscar Best Picture Contenders

Some early Oscar Best Picture contenders:

"The Artist": The delightful black-and-white crowd-pleaser from Cannes

"Carnage": Roman Polanski's adaptation of the hit play God of Carnage, starring Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster

"The Descendants": Alexander Payne's first film since Sideways, this time featuring George Clooney

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close": Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in small roles for never-not-nominated director Stephen Daldry

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