And The Nominees Are…

Hurray!

BEST PICTURE
A Serious Man
An Education
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
Up
Up in the Air

BEST 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

BEST 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

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Matt Damon – Invictus
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Christopher Plummer – The Last Station
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

BEST 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 DIRECTOR
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
James Cameron – Avatar
Lee Daniels – Precious
Jason Reitman – Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
A Serious Man
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Messenger
Up

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
An Education
District 9
In the Loop
Precious
Up in the Air

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Avatar
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon

BEST FILM EDITING
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Bright Star
Coco Avant Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
The Young Victoria

BEST ART DIRECTION
Avatar
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

BEST MAKEUP
Il Divo
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Avatar
District 9
Star Trek

BEST SOUND MIXING
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

BEST SOUND EDITING
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Avatar
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes
Up

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“The Weary Kind” – Crazy Heart
“Loin de Paname” – Faubourg 36
“Take It All” – Nine
“Almost There” – The Princess and the Frog
“Down in New Orleans” – The Princess and the Frog

BEST FOREIGN FEATURE
A Prophet (France)
Ajami (Israel)
The Milk of Sorrow (Peru)
The Secret In Their Eyes (Argentina)
The White Ribbon (Germany)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Up

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Burma VJ
The Cove
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America
Which Way Home

MY PREDICTIONS:
Best Picture (7/10)
Best Actor (5/5)
Best Actress (4/5, but if I wasn’t hoping so greatly on Cornish it would’ve been an easy 5/5)
Best Supporting Actor (4/5)
Best Supporting Actress (3/5)
Best Director (4/5)
Best Original Screenplay (4/5)
Best Adapted Screenplay (5/5)
Best Cinematography (4/5)
Best Film Editing (4/5)
Best Costume Design (3/5)
Best Art Direction (3/5)
Best Makeup (1/3)
Best Visual Effects (3/3)
Best Sound Mixing (3/5 — predicted Up’s nomination here)
Best Sound Editing (2/5)
Best Original Score (2/5)
Best Original Song (2/5 — how did I forget The Weary Kind?!)
Best Foreign Feature (5/5)
Best Animated Feature (4/5)
Best Documentary (4/5)

MY THOUGHTS:
Best Picture: It was good… until, you know, The Blind Side got announced. I like the popular nominations with District 9 and Up, but The Blind Side? Rather mediocre reviews driven by big revenue? Oscar is really reaching for an audience here…

Best Actor: Obvious. Was hoping someone like Robert Downey Jr. could pop up and steal the overrated Renner’s spot. Oh well.

Best Actress: Again, obvious. Don’t really like the crop of performers — Mirren is just inside my top 30 while Bullock is just outside — so they could’ve done far better. I would’ve even preferred the OK Emily Blunt here.

Best Supporting Actor: Poor, poor McKay. And they nominated Damon without Invictus in Best Picture? Crazy…

Best Supporting Actress: Cruz over Cotillard is shocking, but she probably suffered from category confusion. Same with Laurent. And Maggie Gyllenhaal? Get outta here, that’s crazy. Well she might be good, who knows? Makes up for her Sherrybaby “snub” in ’06.

Best Director: I was hoping Daniels wouldn’t get nominated. Everyone else expelled great vision with their films. Even if I’m not too fond of Avatar, I can respect Cameron’s grandeur in creating another world… IN 3-D! But really it was good work.

Best Original Screenplay: I thought (500) Days of Summer was in… oh well. Glad Avatar didn’t get in. Figures, but I’m glad. Go Coens and Tarantino!

Best Adapted Screenplay: Predicted this uneasy one 5 for 5! Love the nominees. Like Cameron’s direction of Avatar, I really liked Fletcher’s script for Precious… even if I wasn’t too fond of the overall package.

I’ll leave it there. Time for more sleep… then downtown to see Crazy Heart, Tropical Malady and Blissfully Yours. Huzzah!

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