Click on each title to get up to speed on the contenders, from essential info to fun facts

February 25, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST

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‘The Artist’
Did You Know?: Some grumpy U.K. moviegoers asked for a refund because they didn’t realize the film was silent

‘The Descendants’
Did You Know?: The Oscar nominee began in the pages of Kaui Hart Hemmings’ short story ”The Minor Wars”

‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’
Did You Know?: Thomas Horn got a call to audition for his role after being spotted on TV during ”Jeopardy!” Kids Week

‘The Help’
Did You Know?: Long before the movie release, Octavia Spencer voiced Minny in the novel’s 17-hour audio book

Did You Know?: Director Martin Scorsese assigned his actors film history homework before they began filming

‘Midnight in Paris’
Did You Know?: Owen Wilson says he first met and spoke to director Woody Allen when he arrived in France to begin filming

Did you know?: Jonah Hill stepped into his Oscar-nominated role after comedian Demetri Martin dropped out

‘The Tree of Life’
Did you know?: ”Tree” marks return to moviemaking of special-effects innovator Douglas Trumbull after near three-decade break

‘War Horse’
Did you know?: There are only three shots lasting three seconds in the film that were digitally created, Spielberg has said

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