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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

2010 Academy Award Nominations

As much as I enjoyed toasting to the best of the worst yesterday, we must now celebrate who the Academy chose as the best performances and movies of the year. Here's the full list of Oscar nominations (with The Hurt Locker and Avatar leading the pack with nine nods), just announced this morning:

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”

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”

Actress in a Leading Role

Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Penélope 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”

Animated Feature Film

“Coraline” Henry Selick
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson
“The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
“The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
“Up” Pete Docter

Art Direction

“Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
“Nine” Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
“Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
“The Young Victoria” Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray


“Avatar” Mauro Fiore
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel
“The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd
“Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson
“The White Ribbon” Christian Berger

Costume Design

“Bright Star” Janet Patterson
“Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier
“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme
“Nine” Colleen Atwood
“The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell


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

Documentary (Feature)

“Burma VJ” Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
“The Cove” Nominees to be determined
“Food, Inc.” Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
“The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
“Which Way Home” Rebecca Cammisa

Documentary (Short Subject)

“China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
“The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
“Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
“Rabbit à la Berlin” Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Film Editing

“Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
“District 9” Julian Clarke
“The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
“Inglourious Basterds” Sally Menke
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Joe Klotz

Foreign Language Film

“Ajami” Israel
“El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Argentina
“The Milk of Sorrow” Peru
“Un Prophète” France
“The White Ribbon” Germany


“Il Divo” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
“Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
“The Young Victoria” Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Music (Original Score)

“Avatar” James Horner
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat
“The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
“Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer
“Up” Michael Giacchino

Music (Original Song)

“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
“Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Best Picture

“Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
“The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined
“District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
“An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
“The Hurt Locker” Nominees to be determined
“Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
“A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
“Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
“Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Short Film (Animated)

“French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert
“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
“The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia
“Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
“A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

Short Film (Live Action)

“The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
“Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
“Kavi” Gregg Helvey
“Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
“The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Sound Editing

“Avatar” Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
“The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
“Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman
“Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
“Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Sound Mixing

“Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
“The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
“Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
“Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Visual Effects

“Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
“District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
“Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
“An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
“In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
“Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal
“Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino
“The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
“A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony will be held on March 7 at 8pm EST on ABC.

Wow--where to begin? I guess Sandra Bullock is going to take this Oscar baby home (and I am still scratching my head about that). But I am hoping against all hope that Gabourey Sidibe steals it from her. Happy to see Maggie Gyllenhaal here though I haven’t seen Crazy Heart yet, but she's been great in everything I've seen. Thrilled to see Princess and the Frog nominated for best animated picture as well as one of my favorite songs from the movie nominated ("Almost There"). I'm also excited about Coraline, which is a fantastic movie as well.
Ah Mo'Nique-you're turning it out this year! Of course Avatar is all over the place here, and racking up all the tech awards (though as usual that type of movie garners no acting nominations--note the Zoe Saldana snub). Nice to see Jeremy Renner here. Carey Mulligan snuck into the best actress category with a nod from the critically-acclaimed An Education (I haven't seen this, but I hear she's good in it). Morgan Freeman continues to charm the Academy again this year. Oh, and Matt Damon who I think was robbed of his Oscar from The Talented Mr. Ripley back in 1999, is representing here today (I still need to see Invictus). Other than a few, I don't think there were many surprises here. Oh wait, why is Anna Kendrick nominated for ANOTHER award? Her performance was grossly overrated. Come on Academy, cut this out.
And George "one-note" Clooney strikes again this year with another best actor nod. wow. Up In The Air was a great film, and terrific screenplay but I didn't think the actors were award-worthy, though they were good. I preferred Vera Farmiga in both The Departed, and Nothing But The Truth, but I guess I'm glad she's getting some love (though doubtful she'll win). And don't get me started talking about why on earth Mery Streep is nominated for the lackluster Julie and Julia. District 9 for Best Picture? Clearly the Academy is reaching because they've got the daunting task of filling a whopping ten slots, but someone please tell me why that crazy movie is here. They culd have squeezed in 500 days of Summer in that slot (which got NO love).
Up, the animated tearjerker also pushed its away into the overloaded best picture category. Another notable "snub"--The Hangover. It's been a critical darling this award season (never thought I'd ever say that), but it's missing from the list here this morning. The Blind Side for best picture? Oh this crazy Academy...
I would have liked to have seen Tobey Maguire get nominated for Brothers which I thought was a great performance (the best I've seen from him), as well as Nicole Beharie's heartbreakingperformance in American Violet. Glad to see Inglourious Basterds here, though I would have liked to see supporting actress Melanie Laurent get nominated from the movie. Another notable snub--Emily Blunt for The Young Victoria. I didn't see the movie but the other award shows seem to love her, but no love from the Academy (same goes for Robert Downey Jr. for Sherlock Holmes). Also, Penélope Cruz (in her third nomination) is up for her second Oscar here. I haven't seen Nine (since it was trashed so much), but it may be a rental. Congrats to The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow for raking the awards in this season. Sources say she is the frontrunner to win, especially after she picked up a Directors Guild Award over the weekend. But I see you Lee Daniels with your best director nod AND a nod for Precious---alright now! Precious has a total of SIX nominations! And lets toast to Precious being one of the few films where two Black actresses are nominated in both lead actress and supporting actress categories (the only other one I can think of is The Color Purple--back in 1985). I still need to see The Messenger (always did like that crazy Woody Harrelson). I think I can go ahead and say congrats to Sandra Bullock (spare me), Jeff Bridges, Christoph Waltz, and Mo'Nique on their Oscar wins (yeah I said it). Thoughts?


Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Thanks for posting this list! You provided such an easy way to scan the nominees.

Karen said...

The Blindside, no!!!!

Now that I got that out of the way I can be happy for Up in the Air. It's the 2nd best movie of 2009, right under 500 Days of Summer which got completely snubbed. What a bummer!

Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllehaal were superb in Crazy Heart. They did a Q&A after the screening I went to and you could tell the movie was a real labor of love to them. So this kind of makes up for silly nominations like Blindside, D9 and Avatar in best picture.

Castor said...

I'm disappointed that Melanie Laurent did not make the cut. I have seen Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart and although she is very good, I thought Laurent was more deserving.

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