02/26/2012 11:19 am ET Updated Feb 26, 2012

Oscar 2012 Nominees: Now And Then (PHOTOS)

Perhaps pre-Oscars buzz surrounding Best Picture nominee "The Artist" is only right in a year where its nominees are tried-and-true Hollywood veterans who have been in the game for several decades. What the awards show may lack in hot new talents, it certainly makes up for in celebrating its legends.

From Best Supporting Actor nominees Christopher Plummer and Kenneth Branagh to Best Actress candidates Meryl Streep and Glenn Close -- not to mention Best Actor noms and best bros Brad Pitt and George Clooney -- the Oscars this year is full of practiced pros whose careers span generations.

We take a look a look back at some of 2012's Oscar nominees in pictures, now and then.