Feb 02 2010

Avatar and Hurt Locker Storm the Oscar Nominations List

Published by at 10:52 am under Movies,News

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I woke up to a text message this morning saying, “Why aren’t you liveblogging the Oscar nominations?” Truthfully, I had zero idea that was today (bad movie journalist!), but I don’t liveblog anything but the show itself. And that usually consists of me making fun of people’s dresses and bitching about the absence of my favorite movies all night. But it’s still fun.

Today however, I’m going to give you the full list of nominations that were announced, and frankly there aren’t a whole hell of a lot of surprises. Avatar and Hurt Locker both share nine nominations, and the expanded Best Picture list includes what would normally be unlikely candidates like The Blind Side, Up and District 9. Sadly no Star Trek and no 500 Days of Summer, which despite being my #1 of the year, was nominated for jack shit. Can’t say I’m really surprised though.

The only two best picture noms I haven’t seen are An Education and A Serious Man since they never made the rounds in actual theaters. I suppose I should see Crazy Heart as well just in case Bridges ends up winning. It turns my stomach to see ANYTHING from the horrific Lovely Bones on here, but I suppose Stanley Tucci’s performance was indeed the only thing remotely decent about the film, despite the fact he’s essentially the world’s most over the top caricature of a pedophile I’ve ever seen.

I’m not going to do Oscar picks just yet, Madison and I will have those later, but for now, here’s the list in all its glory:

BEST PICTURE
AVATAR
THE HURT LOCKER
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
PRECIOUS
UP IN THE AIR
UP
AN EDUCATION
A SERIOUS MAN
DISTRICT 9
THE BLIND SIDE

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges – CRAZY HEART
George Clooney – UP IN THE AIR
Colin Firth – A SINGLE MAN
Morgan Freeman – INVICTUS
Jeremy Renner – THE HURT LOCKER

BEST ACTRESS
Meryl Streep – JULIE & JULIA
Carey Mulligan – AN EDUCATION
Gabourey Sidibe – PRECIOUS
Sandra Bullock – THE BLIND SIDE
Helen Mirren – THE LAST STATION

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz – INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Woody Harrelson – THE MESSENGER
Christopher Plummer – THE LAST STATION
Stanley Tucci – THE LOVELY BONES
Matt Damon – INVICTUS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Vera Farmiga – UP IN THE AIR
Anna Kendrick – UP IN THE AIR
Mo’nique – PRECIOUS
Penelope Cruz – NINE
Maggie Gyllenhaal – CRAZY HEART

BEST ANIMATED FILM
UP
CORALINE
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
THE SECRET OF KELLS
THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX

BEST DIRECTOR
Kathryn Bigelow – THE HURT LOCKER
James Cameron – AVATAR
Quentin Tarantino – INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Jason Reitman – UP IN THE AIR
Lee Daniels – PRECIOUS

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Nick Hornby – AN EDUCATION
Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell – DISTRICT 9
Jesse Armstrong and Armando Iannucci – IN THE LOOP Geoffrey Fletcher – PRECIOUS
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner – UP IN THE AIR

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Quentin Tarantino – INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Mark Boal – THE HURT LOCKER
Pete Docter and Bob Peterson – UP
Oren Moverman and Alessandro Camon – THE MESSENGER
Joel and Ethan Coen – A SERIOUS MAN

BEST ART DIRECTION
AVATAR
THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS
SHERLOCK HOLMES
THE YOUNG VICTORIA
NINE

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
THE HURT LOCKER
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
THE WHITE RIBBON
AVATAR
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
THE YOUNG VICTORIA
THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSSUS
BRIGHT STAR
NINE
COCO BEFORE CHANEL

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
FOOD, INC.
THE COVE
BURMA VJ
THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA
WHICH WAY HOME

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
“China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province”
“Music by Prudence”
“Rabbit a la Berlin”
“The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner”
“The Last Truck: The Closing of a GM Plant”

BEST EDITING
AVATAR
THE HURT LOCKER
DISTRICT 9
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
PRECIOUS

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A PROPHET
THE WHITE RIBBON
AJAMI
EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS
THE MILK OF SORROW

BEST MAKEUP
STAR TREK
THE YOUNG VICTORIA
IL DIVO

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
AVATAR
FANTASTIC MR. FOX
THE HURT LOCKER
SHERLOCK HOLMES
UP

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Almost There” – THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
“Down in New Orleans” – THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
“Loin de Panama” – PARIS 36
“Take It All” – NINE
“The Weary Kind” – CRAZY HEART

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
“French Roast
“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty”
“The Lady and the Reaper”
“Logorama”
“A Matter of Loaf or Death

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT
“The Door”
“Instead of Abracadabra”
“Kavi”
“Miracle Fish”
“The New Tenants”

BEST SOUND EDITING
AVATAR
DISTRICT 9
STAR TREK
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
UP

BEST SOUND MIXING
AVATAR
THE HURT LOCKER
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
STAR TREK
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
AVATAR
DISTRICT 9
STAR TREK





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11 responses so far

  • Avi

    Honestly I think the long shots like District 9 and Up were the best movies that came out this year. I am just hoping they both walk away with something in the end.

  • Madison

    I am so glad District 9 got nominated for Best Picture. It was the best movie I had seen all year.

  • Sam

    I’m so glad transformers was nominated for sound mixing. It is a truly great feat to mix the sounds of pots AND pans falling down stairs.

  • jigg

    500 Days of Summer was trash

  • Cheryl

    I guess I better watch Inglorious Basterds…I was kinda holding out because some people loved it while some people thought it was boring….That Christoph Waltz is one of the cutest little men I have ever seen! He seems so grateful and happy at all the award shows I keep seeing him at (because he keeps winning).

  • IcemanD

    It should be no surprise to anyone under the age of 40 that you will be disappointed with who wins at the Oscars. I have yet to agree with anything that has come out of that awards show.

    Whoever decides these things certainly does not speak for me.

    Here’s to hoping Tarantino wins an award he truly deserves.

  • http://nerdaverse.com theButterFly

    Paul, I could not agree with you more as far your assesment of Stanley Tucci’s nomination. It is sad, because I enjoy him quite a bit, but I found “Lovely Bones” to be rather awful, and your comment about his character being straight out of the pedophile play book is spot on. (I enjoyed his work in “Julia & Juliet” much more.)

    My sentimental favourite for best picture would be “UP’, but I doubt its chances. However, I think I would like to see the award go to “The Hurt Locker”. With Cameron picking up Best Director for “Avatar”.

    I am anxious to hear both your and Madison’s picks for this year.

  • Madison

    @ Cheryl

    If you think Waltz is a cute little man, I’m really curious to see what you think of him after you finally see Inglorious Basterds.

  • Ellie

    If Avatar wins for Best Picture, I’m going to be pissed.

    Super duper pissed.

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  • RH24

    Sounds like rough competition. It’s gonna be a bloodbath because James Cameron and Katheryn Bigelow are divorced.

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