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2010 Academy Award Nominees

Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington in ‘Avatar.’

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As expected, when the 2010 Oscar list was revealed at 5:30am PST this morning Avatar and The Hurt Lockerpicked up the most nominations, tying with 9 apiece. For the first time ever, ex-spouses will be battling it out in the Best Director category, with Avatar‘s James Cameron and The Hurt Locker‘sKathryn Bigelow up against each other as they have been throughout this awards season. Bigelow’s nomination as Best Director marks only the fourth time in Oscar history a woman has earned a nod in that category. And with her win at the DGA Awards, Bigelow’s got the edge over her competition.

In the acting categories, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences followed right in step with the Screen Actors Guild Awards, nominating the exact same actors in the Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor categories. However, Diane Kruger fromInglourious Basterds lost her Best Supporting Actress Oscar spot to Maggie Gyllenhaal fromCrazy Heart. Of the 20 actors nominated in the four acting categories, the Academy reports 12 are first-time nominees and five have already won Academy Awards for previous performances. And Meryl Streep’s Oscar-nominated turn in Julie and Julia brings her total Oscar nods now to 16. Her closest competitors – Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson – are far behind at 12 each.

The expanded Best Picture race opened the door for five films who wouldn’t have been able to tack ‘Best Picture nominee’ onto their posters prior to this year’s rule change that upped the available spots from five to 10. The biggest surprise of the Best Picture field was the inclusion ofDistrict 9 (one of my personal favorite films of 2009), the low-budget sci-fi thriller from first-time director Neill Blomkamp.

82nd Academy Awards Nominees:

Best Picture:
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up in the Air

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

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

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 & Julia

Actress in a Supporting Role:
Penélope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Mo’Nique, Precious

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

Best Director:
Avatar, James Cameron
The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow
Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino
Precious, Lee Daniels
Up in the Air, Jason Reitman

Adapted Screenplay:
District 9, Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
An Education, Nick Hornby
In the Loop, Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Precious, Geoffrey Fletcher
Up in the Air, Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Original Screenplay:
The Hurt Locker, Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino
The Messenger, Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman
A Serious Man, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Up, Bob Peterson, Pete Docter

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

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
The Cove
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

Documentary (Short Subject):
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

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, 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

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
“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

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

Short Film (Live Action):
The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Miracle Fish
The New Tenants

Sound Editing:
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek

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

Visual Effects:
District 9
Star Trek

The 82nd Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 7, 2010.


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