Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Awards Watch: Oscar Nominations 2009

As you can see, Movie Dearest got up early this morning to catch the announcement of the nominees for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards!

Well, it looks like turning the Oscar Best Picture category up to 10 worked out for the Academy, as the finalist seem evenly matched between audience favorites — Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, Inglourious Basterds and Up — and critical darlings — An Education, The Hurt Locker, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, A Serious Man and Up in the Air.  Plus, nothing too embarrassing (The Hangover, Invictus, Nine) slipped in to big race, although it would have been nice to see such smaller gems as The Last Station, The Messenger or A Single Man get invited to the main event.

Nevertheless, those three Movie Dearest faves did factor into the acting races, which offered little surprises overall.  In fact, save for an unexpected nod for Crazy Heart's Maggie Gyllenhaal for Supporting Actress, the list is nearly identical to the Screen Actors Guild's (Diane Kruger, thanks for playing). There was even more déjà vu in the Best Director category, which matched the Directors Guild of America's shortlist, including a nomination for Precious' out director Lee Daniels.

The real Oscar shockers of the year were found farther down the nomination list, such as The Secret of Kells sneaking into the Animated Feature race and Nine's "Take It All", not "Cinema Italiano", making the cut for Original Song, where two toonful tunes from The Princess and the Frog were also recognized.  Speaking of which, just like last year, I will be covering this category for the "LAMBS Devour the Oscars" blogathon over at the Large Association of Movie Blogs, which kicks off later today.

And that is just the beginning of our coverage of Oscars '09 here at Movie Dearest.  Beginning this Saturday, we'll be running our 3rd annual MD Poll asking you to vote for who you want to win the little gold man in the five main categories.  Our Men on Film will also chime in with their own thoughts and predictions, plus other surprises, as we count down to the big night, Sunday March 7.

In the meantime, you can take a quick look at all the Oscar nominees in the comments section below while I take a nap ...

1 comment:

  1. The Nominees for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards:

    Picture:
    Avatar
    The Blind Side
    District 9
    An Education
    The Hurt Locker
    Inglourious Basterds
    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    A Serious Man
    Up
    Up in the Air

    Actor:
    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

    Actress:
    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

    Supporting Actor:
    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

    Supporting Actress:
    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

    Director:
    Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker
    James Cameron for Avatar
    Lee Daniels for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    Jason Reitman for Up in the Air
    Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds

    Adapted Screenplay:
    District 9
    An Education
    In the Loop
    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    Up in the Air

    Original Screenplay:
    The Hurt Locker
    Inglourious Basterds
    The Messenger
    A Serious Man
    Up

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

    Art Direction:
    Avatar
    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
    Nine
    Sherlock Holmes
    The Young Victoria

    Costume Design:
    Bright Star
    Coco Before Chanel
    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
    Nine
    The Young Victoria

    Original Score:
    Avatar
    Fantastic Mr. Fox
    The Hurt Locker
    Sherlock Holmes
    Up

    Original Song:
    "Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog
    "Down in New Orleans” from The Princess and the Frog
    “Loin de Paname” from Paris 36
    “Take It All” from Nine”
    “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from Crazy Heart

    Film Editing:
    Avatar
    District 9
    The Hurt Locker
    Inglourious Basterds
    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

    Sound Mixing:
    Avatar
    The Hurt Locker
    Inglourious Basterds
    Star Trek
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

    Sound Editing:
    Avatar
    The Hurt Locker
    Inglourious Basterds
    Star Trek
    Up

    Visual Effects:
    Avatar
    District 9
    Star Trek

    Makeup:
    Il Divo
    Star Trek
    The Young Victoria

    Animated Feature:
    Coraline
    Fantastic Mr. Fox
    The Princess and the Frog
    The Secret of Kells
    Up

    Foreign Language Film:
    Ajami
    El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes)
    The Milk of Sorrow
    Un Prophète (A Prophet)
    The White Ribbon

    Documentary Feature:
    Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country
    The Cove
    Food, Inc.
    The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
    Which Way Home

    Documentary Short:
    China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
    The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
    The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
    Music by Prudence
    Rabbit à la Berlin

    Animated Short:
    French Roast
    Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
    The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
    Logorama
    A Matter of Loaf and Death

    Live Action Short:
    The Door
    Instead of Abracadabra
    Kavi
    Miracle Fish
    The New Tenants

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