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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Oscar nominations 2012: By the numbers

The Oscar nominations were announced bright and early Tuesday, revealing the number of best picture nominees (nine), some big snubs (sorry, Albert Brooks) and happy surprises (hooray, Melissa McCarthy!).

So who’s going to the big show for the first time? And how many nominations does this make for the indomitable Ms. Streep? We're here to break the nominations down by the numbers.

11: Number of nominations “Hugo” received, the most of any other Oscar-nominated film this year. “The Artist” followed with 10.

17: Times Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Oscar. She firmly holds the record for most nominations, though she’s only won twice. Jack Nicholson and Katharine Hepburn follow with 12.

6: Number of Oscar nominations Glenn Close has received during her career. She has never won.

3: Times Streep and Close have gone head-to-head for the Oscar in the best actress category. Both women were beat by other actresses all three times.

9: Number of first-time nominees in the acting categories. The newbies are Rooney Mara, Demian Bichir, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, Berenice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer and Jonah Hill.

1: Number of directors nominated for the first time, Michel Hazanavicius.

3: Number of best picture nominees given four out of four stars by The Washington Post, “The Artist,” “The Descendants” and “Moneyball.” (“Albert Nobbs” has not been reviewed by this paper yet.)

4: Number of stars The Post gave snubbed best picture nominees “Beginners” and “Drive.”

1: Number of stars given to best picture nominee “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” by The Post.

26: Age of youngest nominated actor or actress this year, Rooney Mara.

82: Age of oldest nominees in any acting category, Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow. They tie with Hal Holbrook and Ralph Richardson for oldest person ever nominated for best supporting actor.

2: Number of best original song nominees.

39: Number of songs that were eligible for best original song, including Elton John’s “Hello Hello.”

1: Number of nominations received by “Drive,” the same number as “Real Steel” and one less than “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Think about that one.

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