Tuesday, February 02, 2010

2010 Academy Awards Nominations

From the nominations announced live there are a few surprises for me, one in the Supporting Actress that includes Maggie Gyllenhaal and The Blind Side in the best picture plus the absence of Invictus.


Best Picture
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push by Sapphire’
A Serious Man
Up In The Air

Animated Feature Film
Coraline, Henry Selick
Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson
Princess and the Frog, John Musker and Ron Clements
The Secret Kells, Tomm Moore
Up, Pete Docter

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker
James Cameron for Avatar
Lee Daniels for Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push by Sapphire’
Jason Reitman for Up In The Air
Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side
Helen Mirren in The Last Station
Carey Mulligan in An Education
Gabourey Sibide in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push by Sapphire’
Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart
George Clooney in Up in the Air
Colin Firth in A Single Man
Morgan Freeman in Invictus
Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Penelope Cruz in Nine
Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air
Mo’Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push by Sapphire’

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Matt Damon in Invictus
Woody Harrelson in The Messenger
Christopher Plummer in The Last Station
Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds

Foreign Language Film
Ajami, Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, Israel
El Secreto de Sus Ojos,, Juan Jose Campanella, Argentina
La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow), Claudia Llosa, Peru
Un Prophète (A Prophet), Jacques Audiard, France
Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon), Michael Haneke, Germany

Mauro Fiore for Avatar
Bruno Delbonnel for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Barry Ackroyd for The Hurt Locker
Robert Richardson for Inglourious Basterds
Christian Berger for The White Ribbon (A very well deserved honor!)

Film Editing
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push by Sapphire’

Writing Adapted Screenplay
District 9
An Education
In the Loop
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push by Sapphire’
Up in the Air

Writing Original Screenplay
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Messenger
A Serious Man

Visual Effects
District 9
Star Trek

Art Direction
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

Costume Design
Bright Star
Coco before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Young Victoria

Il Divo (Well deserved honor!!)
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

Music Original Score
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes

Music Original Song
Almost There from The Princess and the Frog
Down in New Orleans from The Princess and the Frog
Loin de Paname from Paris 36
Take It All from Nine
The Weary Kind from Crazy Heart

Sound Mixing
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Sound Editing
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek


Burma VJ
The Cove
Food Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

Short Subject
China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Gobernor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Music by Prudence
Rabbit à la Berlin


French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
La Dama y La Muerte (The Lady and the Reaper)
A Matter of Loaf and Death

Live Action
The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Miracle Fish
The New Tenants

Now I will be doing some math and probably will post the results here. But my impression is that The Hurt Locker and Avatar have the most nominations; I'm sure that the gossip has already started and will call it something like "the fight of Goliath (Cameron) against David (Bigelow)" or the "exes fight", lol!

If you want to check the list at the official site go here. Now we have to wait until Sunday March 7th to learn who will get the Oscar, but I know who HAVE TO get the Oscar in both Actors supporting roles. My predictions were not that off, with the notable exception of the inclusion of the Blind Side that most critics claim is not worth of the honor as is like a "Lifetime channel movie" (meaning a TV movie), so go figure how the Academy thinks that this and other nominated movies are better than Invictus. Awful omission. Sigh.

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