THE 2010 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS










Yes, boys and girls…

There comes a time when you must discard your lovely wistful dreams and face the cold hard light of day.

This is unquestionably one of these mornings.

I haven’t seen DISTRICT 9 or UP. Doubt that I will. THE MESSENGER has yet to open in my home town.

I’m very happy that INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, UP IN THE AIR and PRECIOUS are BEST PICTURE nominees. But they were all predicted by everyone and their grandmother. So there was little suspense involved.

BEST ACTRESS and BEST ACTOR are rock solid. As far as I’m concerned, you can’t fault any of those performances.

Though I am delighted and thrilled beyond reason for SANDRA BULLOCK, HELEN MIRREN, GABOUREY SIDIBE, MERYL STREEP, VERA FARMIGA, JEFF BRIDGES, GEORGE CLOONEY, COLIN FIRTH, CHRISTOPH WALTZ, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, STANLEY TUCCI, LEE DANIELS, JASON REITMAN and QUENTIN TARANTINO, this could have been so much more…

Here are the nominees in the major categories…

BEST PICTURE
AVATAR
THE BLIND SIDE
DISTRICT 9
AN EDUCATION
THE HURT LOCKER
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
PRECIOUS

A SERIOUS MAN
UP
UP IN THE AIR

BEST ACTRESS
SANDRA BULLOCK – THE BLIND SIDE
HELEN MIRREN – THE LAST STATION
CAREY MULLIGAN – AN EDUCATION
GABOUREY SIDIBE – PRECIOUS
MERYL STREEP – JULIE & JULIA

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
PENELOPE CRUZ – NINE
VERA FARMIGA – UP IN THE AIR
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL – CRAZY HEART
ANNA KENDRICK – UP IN THE AIR
Mo’NIQUE – PRECIOUS

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 SUPPORTING ACTOR
MATT DAMON – INVICTUS
WOODY HARRELSON – THE MESSENGER
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – THE LAST STATION
STANLEY TUCCI – THE LOVELY BONES
CHRISTOPH WALTZ – INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
THE HURT LOCKER
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
THE MESSENGER
A SERIOUS MAN
UP

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
DISTRICT 9
AN EDUCATION
IN THE LOOP
PRECIOUS
UP IN THE AIR

BEST DIRECTOR
JAMES CAMERON – AVATAR
KATHRYN BIGELOW – THE HURT LOCKER
QUENTIN TARANTINO – INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
LEE DANIELS – PRECIOUS
JASON REITMAN – UP IN THE AIR

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
AJAMI (ISRAEL)
EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS (ARGENTINA)
THE MILK OF SORROW (PERU)
UN PROPHETE (FRANCE)
THE WHITE RIBBON (GERMANY)

ANIMATED
CORALINE
FANTASTIC MR. FOX
THE PRINCESS & THE FROG
THE SECRET OF KELLS
UP

ART DIRECTION
AVATAR
THE IMAGINATION OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS
NINE
SHERLOCK HOLMES
THE YOUNG VICTORIA

CINEMATOGRAPHY
AVATAR
HARRY POTTER & THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE
THE HURT LOCKER
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
THE WHITE RIBBON

COSTUME DESIGN
BRIGHT STAR
COCO BEFORE CHANEL
THE IMAGINATION OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS
NINE
THE YOUNG VICTORIA

EDITING
AVATAR
DISTRICT 9
THE HURT LOCKER
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
PRECIOUS

MAKEUP
IL DIVO
STAR TREK
THE YOUNG VICTORIA

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

SONG
ALMOST THERE – THE PRINCESS & THE FROG
DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS – THE PRINCESS & THE FROG
LOIN DE PANAME – PARIS 36

TAKE IT ALL – NINE
THE WEARY KIND – CRAZY HEART

VISUAL EFFECTS
AVATAR
DISTRICT 9
STAR TREK

DOCUMENTARY
BURMA VJ
THE COVE
FOOD, INC.
THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG & THE PENTAGON PAPERS
WHICH WAY HOME

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