Billy Crystal's Oscar Man Pose

Posted Tuesday January 24, 2012 2:27 PM GMT

It’s a gig he knows quite well, and Billy Crystal is excited to be the host of the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

Pictures of the “When Harry Met Sally” actor posing with a massive Oscar statue were released just as the nominees for the 2012 trophies were announced.

As for the hopefuls this time around, the Best Picture nominees include “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” “The Help,” “Hugo,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moneyball,” “War Horse,” “The Tree of Life,” “and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.”

In the Best Actor category, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, and Demian Bichir will do battle.

And Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara, and Glenn Close are all in the running for the Best Actress honors.

The 84th Annual Academy Awards will be handed out on February 26th live from the Kodak Theatre.