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Announcement: Official List of 2010 Academy Award Nominations

February 2, 2010


It’s official… Oscar season is upon us.  With this morning’s announcement of the nominees for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards comes a fun month of anticipation, predictions, and marathon movie watching.

Later this evening, David and I will weigh-in on the notable stories of this year’s nominations; the snubs, the ones that shouldn’t be there, and early predictions.  Please comment on this post and let us know what you think!!

Without any further delay, here are the nominations for the 2010 Oscars…

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

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

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

12 Comments leave one →
  1. windi permalink
    February 2, 2010 8:17 am

    ok, explain again WHY there are ten movies in best movie category? I don’t get that.

    I’ve only seen four of the 10–Avatar, Up, District 9, and Inglourious Basterds.

    I’d be shocked if Christoph Waltz doesn’t take best supporting actor. I have to laugh though, because I haven’t seen any of the movies for best actor, or actress and only Christoph for supporting actor, and none of the supporting actresses movies.

    I can see now that I either 1) have to watch some of these movies soon or 2) not bother keeping track of the Oscars !

    • David J. Fowlie permalink*
      February 2, 2010 8:57 am

      Well, it’s actual back to how it used to be a long, long time ago. Yes, there actually uised to be 10 nominees. I personally don’t care for it. More films to see. More films to get lost in the mix. Most of these Best Picture nominees are still in the theaters. “A Serious Man” will be avail. on DVD next Tuesday. Waltz is a lock, for sure. As for your dilemna (if you can call it that), I say don’t bother on #2, just focus on #1!

      • windi permalink
        February 2, 2010 11:41 am

        Definitely too many choices. There’s such variety there this year as well! It sounds like Hurt Locker is in the ‘lead’ for possibly taking the prize, but honestly, it feels like it’s wide open–could be any one of them!

  2. Lauri permalink
    February 2, 2010 9:28 am

    I’d really like to see The Hurt Locker win the Best Picture Oscar over Avatar, but I wonder if Hollywood will go with the BIG special effects film over the intense little “war” film. I honestly don’t think any of the other 10 films have a chance, as good as they may have been. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Avatar. The visual and technical effects were magnificent. However, the story has “been there, done that” in my opinion. The Hurt Locker was new, fresh, wonderfully filmed, and personal. I suppose one can say the same thing about Precious, too… so who knows what will happen.

    • David J. Fowlie permalink*
      February 2, 2010 1:58 pm

      It looks like it is really gonna be down to “Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker” and I’m sure you know by now who we will be pulling for.

  3. Chris Ford permalink
    February 2, 2010 11:19 am

    Good to see that Up didn’t get snubbed for best picture just because it was animated. Good call, Academy.

  4. windi permalink
    February 2, 2010 11:37 am

    I’d like to also add that I was thrilled to see Up as Best Picture! I’m with Paul on this one as well, happy to see it in both categories. It deserves both categories! :)~

    • windi permalink
      February 2, 2010 11:38 am

      and Ed Esner needs to get a prize of some sort for his ‘acting’ in that movie!!! 🙂

    • David J. Fowlie permalink*
      February 2, 2010 2:11 pm

      Actually, you’re with BOTH of us but that still makes me wonder why there even is a Best Animated Feature category.

  5. Matthew Gramith permalink
    February 2, 2010 6:50 pm

    Good point! Then again…I think films nominated in the best foreign films category can also qualify for best picture, too. Can documentaries?

    Y’know, I was underwhelmed when I saw UP in the theatre. I liked it, but I didn’t think the film established a credible, consistent world, following the rules of that film’s universe. Sometimes films can get away with inconsistencies but a film meant to tug on my heart-strings really needs to get it right, otherwise I’m pulled out of the movie too much to let myself be open and vulnerable to sentimentality. A film can hijack the mind with a sentimental scene or two just as it can with sex scenes, it’s not that hard to do, but running a through-line between those moments and the not-so-sentimental ones in a way that feels organic – not so easy.

    We all love the montage where the couple meets and ages and develops dreams and abandons them. That set a tone for the movie. So then sure, I’ll believe that a house can fly away attached to a few hundred helium-filled balloons. It’s another sentimental notion so..yeah, why not? It’s not really straying that far from the montage. I’ll even accept the talking dogs. They are “man’s best friend” after all. It’s a romantic idea. And the collar gadgets help there. Fine. But once we got inside the Muntz compound it just gets ridiculous. Dog’s cooking and serving dinner, etc. The topper was when the dogs flew little airplanes. WTF. I know, I know….it’s a kid’s movie. But come on, Pixar movies are more than that. Bottom line – it just didn’t knock me out the way WALL-E and THE INCREDIBLES did. Those movies are completely, totally consistent. MONSTER’S INC was fairly amazing, too. UP felt like two different toned films edited together.

    However….I did recently watched UP again and it is growing on me. The good parts are starting to outweigh the bad. It is quite an amazing accomplishment, though it is flawed. Still, of the 8 films I’ve seen that are nominated for best picture, UP would be in the number 8 spot for me. In the animated category, I liked both THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX and CORALINE better. CORALINE is a pretty amazing film which isn’t getting it’s fair share of praise because of all the hype coming off UP and …FOX.

    But I do love all the “heart” in UP, and “having a heart” is a great thing in any film. But just as a person needs the balance of intellect to check one’s heart, so does a film’s heart need the company of a consistent universe.

    • David J. Fowlie permalink*
      February 2, 2010 10:38 pm

      I dunno, man….it’s a crazy thing. The last time an animated feature was nominated in the BP category (“Beauty and the Beast”) there was no Best Animated Feature (BAF) category. So, years later, they came up with a BAF category….and now what? Since “Up” is now in the BP categories, that means that the winner of the BAF category has already been announced. It’s common sense. Strange days.

      I still haven’t seen “Coraline” and I really want to but I hear the best way to see it is in 3D. I may not be a huge supporter of 3D but I’d really like to see it in that format and I’m not sure that it would have the same effect at home.

      Good to see that you’re coming around to “Up”. You’ve mentioned much of what I felt as well but I had to stop myself from any disbelief when it came to all the kooky canine activity cuz (as you mentioned) by that time, I was already buying that a house could miraculously fly to Paradise Falls by way of balloons so I guess I had to be ready to believe anything. It did feel like a different movie once Muntz was established as the antogonist….there’s was now less of a mission and instead there became stakes. Carl sees his focus shift from that which at one point was his own mission (to get Ellie aka the house to the falls) to helping Russell and, in turn, Kevin. That storyline does have a different vibe to it but, as you said, it still has heart. in the end, two people in need find each other in the most unlikely of ways. That’s cool. I don’t believe Pixar movies are for kids. I never have and never will. It will be interesting to see Pixar release their first live action film directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), “John Carter of Mars”.

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