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2010 Oscar Nominees Announced: Surprises? Snubs?

Like myself, I am sure that just about every movie geek was sitting by their computer, in my case iPhone, waiting for the announcement this morning for the 82nd Academy Award nominations.  So now that the official nominations are out, what is the results?  Are there any upsets?  What movies were overlooked? Was it a predictable announcement? Well if you are on Twitter, shortly after the announcement was made there was a flurry discussions that addressed the questions above and drew up more as well.

Some of the upsets from today’s announcement were snubbing: “Crazy Heart” for Best Picture, Spike Jonze, “Where the Wild Things Are” for Best Director, “Fantastic Mr. Fox” for Best Picture, and/or Best Adapted Screenplay, “(500) Days of Summer for Best Original Screenplay” and even “Star Trek” for Best Picture.  One piece of disappointing news was that Duncan Jones’ “Moon” did not get recognized for any categories, specifically Sam Rockwell for Best Actor.

If you are looking for surprises, there are few in this years nominations.  The most common surprises that happened where “The Blind Side” for Best Picture, “The Secret of Kells” for Best Animated Feature and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” for Best Cinematography.  Due to the expansion of the Best Picture category to 10 nominations, besides the “The Blind Side”,  “A Serious Man”, “An Education”, “District 9″, “Precious”, and “Up” were relative surprises.  If the Best Picture category wasn’t expanded these movies would have had a slim chance of getting a Best Picture nomination.

To summarize the nominations, “Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker” has the most nominations, tallying at 9, including Best Picture. Disney/Pixar’s “Up” was the first animated movie since 1991’s “Beauty and The Beast” to be nominated for Best Picture.  Leona Lewis’ “I See You” was snubbed for Best Original Song because it is no “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion, sorry “Avatar”.  Everything else was pretty by the book and expected from this years Academy Award announcement.

Here are the complete list of this year’s nominations:

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 DIRECTOR

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

James Cameron, Avatar

Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Lee Daniels, Precious

Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

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

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Helen Mirren, The Last Station

Carey Mulligan, An Education

Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Matt Damon, Invictus

Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

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 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker

Quentino Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman, The Messenger

Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man

Peter Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy, Up

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell, District 9

Nick Hornby, An Education

Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche, In The Loop

Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious

Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ajami, Israel

El Secretro de sus Ojo, Argentina

The Milk of Sorrow, Chile

Un Prophete, France

The White Ribbon, Germany

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Coraline

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Princess and the Frog

The Secrets of Kells

Up

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

CINEMATOGRAPHY

“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

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

“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

MAKEUP

“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

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

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

ANIMATED SHORT

“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

LIVE ACTION SHORT

“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

Look for further reports as the weeks draw near till the big date on March. 7Th 2010.

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