February 2, 2010

The 82nd Academy Award Nominations are here!

Behold the nominees, with the good, the bad, and the ugly:

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

-Avatar and The Hurt Locker tied for the most nominations with 9 each...thoughts?


  1. We're gathering the rest of the nominees as we speak...

  2. Yay for In The Loop and Jeremy Renner.

  3. Wow talk about huge surprise, who saw blind side as a best picture contender. Does this mean Sandra Bullock now has the best actress locked?

  4. YAY FOR in the loop, the messenger, a serious man, d9, fantastic fox (original score), imaginarium, lee daniels, and a serious man! wtf on the blind side (i'm honestly a little ashamed, a little bit more empty inside, I personally thought it was one of the worst things I saw all year - sorry I know some of you liked it)

  5. OMG>...Maggie!.....NO ONE saw that coming

  6. In the loop's nomination was unforeseeable:P

    I guess that withouth the screenplay nom Avatar is out of the picture.....

  7. Does this hurt Monique's chances?

    I mean Eddie Murphy was a favorite all year and he lost to Alan..

  8. I was actually predicting her until this last update...

  9. Lol it was a surprise that she actually made it since she campaigned so late, but I think that means they are going to give it to Monique since it would be a slap in the face if she got nominated and didn't win.

  10. Where's the Love for 500 Days of Summer? The only thing that I really had a problem with was the Blindside for Best Pic, so many deserving others.

  11. k, "The Blind Side" was such a flawed film; Bullock saved it with her performance......I guess the academy responded to its box office success, for it revealed the public's vote.

  12. But I guess that's what they wanted from the whole 10 picture thing. There is no way that it can win picture but I am too kinda bummed that 500 got best out by that.

  13. Wow, I've been sort of mixed on the 10 Best Picture nominations thing, but now I really hate it. The award just seems really diluted now.

    And really? The Blind Side? What? What about 500 Days of Summer?

    It seemed like there were a lot of surprises this time around. Nothing wrong with that.

    Also, why do I keep hearing "Avatar and Up in the Air battle it out for Best Picture/lead the nominations?" from different sources, including CNN? I mean, I loved Avatar and Up in the Air a bit more than I loved The Hurt Locker, but come on, let's have a fair fight.

  14. Clearly anyone well-versed about cinema will be dissapointed about "The Blind Side." I am still scratching my head.

    But the average movie-goer won't, neither will he/she bitch about Bullock's win. She's just a people's actor, you know?.....I personally think her nomination has merits because she did well, but I really can't deny that her reputation as one of "America's Sweethearts is pushing things along (As it did for Julia Roberts).

  15. I don't think the award is diluted, but it accomplished their goal of not excluding the type of films it'd normally nominate while including ones it normally wouldn't. This year, it meant including 2 independent films that might not have made the cut in a year of 5 (An Education and A Serious Man), 2 populist blockbusters that exceeded expectations (The Blind Side and District 9), and letting in their second Animated flick in Up.

    Who knows what 10 will mean for next year...

  16. The Blind Side mention is sort of like The Reader from last year; it's one blemish in an otherwise solid category. I'm also bummed out by (500) Days of Summer missing screenplay, but am so glad that In the Loop, Maggie Gyllenhaal and A Serious Man made it in. Though 500 Days and Where the Wild Things Are were completely shut out. Not a terrible lineup, but I am disappointed by some omissions. But it wouldn't be the Oscars if you weren't disappointed by something, right?

  17. i was glad maggie got in...she deserves that spot...

  18. Yeah, Joey Magidson already rooted for Maggie. So yay for your prediction Joey! All the way through this award season I doubted about Julianne getting a nomination. Diane K was good in IB but the female stand out was Melanie by a landslide, but when the studio went lead for her, she lost all chances.

    I don't think that The Blind Side mention can be compared with The Reader. The Reader was a better and greater picture by all means thanks to many things like its cast, screenplay and direction. But mostly, these two can't be compare because The Reader made it into a Top 5 nominees, and obviously, The Blinde Side only made it because this year they had to fill 10 spots. We all knew that anything could've happen.
    I'm sorry, but I really had to say something because everyone here thought that The Reader didn't deserved a nomination and that Kate won for the wrong picture. I completely disagree. The Reader was one of the best films of 2008 and Kate's performance was great because of the complex of her character and she totally nailed it. It wasn't just the typical suffered wife performance that Oscars awarded to other actress in many times before.

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  20. Happy for the In the Loop. It might be the highlight of my predictions. I stuck with it from the beginning, and things worked out! Also happy for District 9, A Prophete (no surprise), and White Ribbon getting the cinematoraphy nod. Ain't no love for (500) Days. That's just wrong.

  21. I personally really liked the blind side and no it wouldn't have had a chance in a year with 5 nominations but that was what the expansion was about. The Blind Side was #13 on my list for the year and I thought it was better than many of the other nominees (Precious, An Education). Yes, I would have rather seen it's slot go to 500 Days of Summer or Public Enemies but I was glad to see it in there. I was also glad that Invictus didn't get nominated I found it very disappointing.

  22. What's with the Secret of Kells for animated movie?
    For that last slot there were so many good/popular animated films.

  23. I have a feeling that the academy will either screw waltz or monique like they did with murphy. I think now maggie has a huge chance of getting the award and plummer or tucci.

  24. I did have a feeling that Waltz might get snubbed in favor of Plummer, but when The Last Station was shut out completely at the BAFTAs, that's an indication of Plummer's support only goes so far. Also, I don't think Murphy's support was anywhere near Waltz or Mo'Nique.

    Then again, this is the Oscars we're talking about, so anything can happen.

  25. Thanks Raphael, and your opinion about The Reader is a good one. I don't like the film one bit, but your point is valid.

  26. Matt, I liked The Blind Side, I just didn't love it...

  27. Gil, I'm pretty sure Waltz and Mo'Nique are safe...

  28. Obviously, the rumblings have been heard about "The Blind Side" -- I still can't believe that the Academy could go for such an obvious film.

    What really upsets me, though, is the fact that "The Hurt Locker" was nominated for Best Original Score. I mean, if you proof of who's you-know-what the Academy is sucking, look at that film...

  29. Excuse me, if you want proof*.

  30. I think the music in The Hurt Locker is well placed and minimalist and improves the film, so it deserves a nomination, but I see your point.

  31. OK, so let me say that I'm thrilled as can be that Public Enemies got left out. I found it to be a trial to sit through and was getting a little worried about all the last-minute buzz about Marion Cotillard.
    That said, I think the nominees are good, especially the love for District 9 and The Blind Side (love both of these). I've followed all season and I've actually seen all the major films (except The White Ribbon and The Last Station, which haven't opened in the Southeast yet), a new best for me. I think I'm most upset by the omission of (500) Days of Summer and Away We Go, although in all honesty it makes total sense given the Academy's track record with quiet independent films of this sort.
    And, lastly, although I know that no one was predicting it and it was like a longshot ad infinitum, I was hoping against hope that Charlotte Gainsborg would be nominated for her stunning, amazing, beyond words work in Antichrist. Its simply one of the most indelible performances I've ever viewed and its a shame that it isn't represented here. Oh, well. I didn't expect it.

  32. My React...

    1) Maggie Gyllenhaal ? instead of Julianne Moore??
    There is already Oscar Buzz for Julianne Moore” for “The Kids Are All Right” too!
    This time im sure will be more than just buzz…
    I really wanted to hear her name this morning…

    2) The BLIND SIDE?? instead of Invictus? could be any other one….

    3) Im Glad NINE didnt make it, except for Penelpe Cruz, she deserves it!

    4) Sandra Bullock (Miss Congeniality, The Proposal, Speed) after Kate Winslet?? Is this a Joke?
    I mean do u remember Winslet Perefect performance in the reader? compare to Bullock?? no way!

    Meryl HAVE to win!!

    For the rest all well calculated...

    ps: Clayton : What happened with ur rush to put NINE among ur picks for best pic?

  33. I think the acting winners may be sewn up already sadly although I hold out hope that Carey Mulligan will shock the established two - Streep and Bullock.

    Waltz should be unstoppable. I would say the same for Mo'Nique but she is at risk in the event that Up In The Air goes on a massive (unlikely but you never know)run and sweeps all its categories.

  34. Errors (for semireasonable things, expected noms, etc.):
    The Blind Side for Picture
    Marvin Hamlisch's original score snub for The Informant!
    Matt Damon for Invictus (as much as I love him, Christian McKay should've been in his place)
    Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart instead of Julianne Moore for A Single Man
    (500) Days of Summer replaced with The Messenger
    Where the Wild Things Are for Art Direction (and I HATED WTWTA)
    The Hurt Locker for Original Score
    "I Want to Come Home" McCartney's snub and "Cinema Italiano" snub
    Up in the Air being absolutely SCREWED for Film Editing and replaced by Precious. WRONG.
    The Young Victoria makeup <<<<< District 9 makeup

    To explain how much I hated The Blind Side's nomination, I screamed, yes, screamed about it. And then I saw The Messenger instead of (500) Days of Summer. And I screamed even louder.

  35. I'm not sure screaming is necessary, but hey, it's your world boss.

  36. See, I did have a "WTF?" moment when I heard "The Blind Side"'s nomination, and as much as I loved "(500) Days of Summer", I wasn't nearly as upset by that nod, especially since it's quite a good film. Obviously, "(500) Days) should have been nominated in that category, but I actually felt that most of the writing awards turned out to be not as bad as I had been expecting. For instance, I was very happy to see that "In the Loop" got its nod.

  37. I don't think there was anything too outrageous, but that's just me...