Tuesday, February 2, 2010

2010 Oscar Nominations

The complete list of nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (via Oscars.com). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. This is the first year that 10 movies are nominated for Best Picture (since 1943).

So without further ado, take a look at the full list of nominees below.

Best motion picture of the year

* Avatar
* The Blind Side
* District 9
* An Education
* The Hurt Locker
* Inglourious Basterds
* Precious
* A Serious Man
* Up
* Up In the Air

Performance by an actress in a leading role

* Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
* Helen Mirren (The Last Station)
* Carey Mulligan (An Education)
* Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)
* Meryl Streep (Julie and Julia)

Performance by an actor in a leading role

* Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
* George Clooney (Up In the Air)
* Colin Firth (A Single Man)
* Morgan Freeman (Invictus)
* Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

* Matt Damon (Invictus)
* Woody Harrellson (The Messenger)
* Christopher Plummer (The Last Station)
* Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)
* Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

* Penelope Cruz (Nine)
* Vera Farmiga (Up In the Air)
* Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart)
* Anna Kendrick (Up In the Air)
* Mo'Nique (Precious)

Best animated feature film of the year

* Coraline
* Fantastic Mr. Fox
* The Princess and the Frog
* The Secret of Kells
* Up

Best Documentary Short Subject

* China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
* The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
* The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant”
* Music by Prudence
* Rabbit à la Berlin

Best Short Film (Animated)

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

Best Short Film (Live Action)

* The Door
* Instead of Abracadabra
* Kavi
* Miracle Fish
* The New Tenants

Achievement in art direction

* Avatar
* The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
* Nine
* Sherlock Holmes
* The Young Victoria

Achievement in cinematography

* 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

Achievement in 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

Achievement in directing

* James Cameron (Avatar)
* Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
* Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)
* Lee Daniels (Precious)
* Jason Reitman (Up In the Air)

Best documentary feature

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

Achievement in makeup

* 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

Achievement in 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, Joe Klotz

Best foreign language film of the year

* Ajami
* El Secreto De Sus Ojos
* The Milk of Sorrow
* A Prophet
* The White Ribbon

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (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

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (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

Achievement in 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

Achievement in 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

Achievement in 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

Adapted screenplay

* Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell (District 9)
* Nick Hornby (An Education)
* Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche (In the Loop)
* Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious)
* Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner (Up In the Air)

Original screenplay

* Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker)
* Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)
* Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman (The Messenger)
* Joel and Ethan Coen (A Serious Man)
* Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy (Up)

The top films of the heap looks like this in terms of number of nominations:

* Avatar (9 nominations)
* The Hurt Locker (9 nominations)
* Inglourious Basterds (8 nominations)
* Precious (6 nominations)
* Up In the Air (6 nominations)


Does "The Blind Side" deserve a nomination for Best Picture. While it did well in the box office, can it be considered that good of a film while other movies, such as "500 Days of Summer," get left out in the cold. Seriously, no nomination for that film anyway?

And "Invictus" gets its casting nominations, but not a Best Picture nom? I admit to having not seen this film, but it seriously just feels like one of those movies that will get nominated. If it gets the acting noms, it gives more credit for the Best picture nom as well. Guess not always...

But the big battle will be between "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker." Directors James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow will duke it out once again as the two were once married. Now that is a very fun and interesting fact!

The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT.

What do you think of the Oscar nominations?
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Rope of Silicon, First Showing

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