Oscar nominations announced: 'Avatar,' 'Hurt Locker' lead with nine each

Here are the nominees in the 10 major categories for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. Avatar and The Hurt Locker each scored nine nominations. The winners will be announced on March 7. In the meantime, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@davekarger) for Academy Award updates between now and the Oscar ceremony.

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

Eight of the 10 Producers Guild nominees repeated here. Invictus and Star Trek were replaced by A Serious Man and, in one of the morning’s biggest surprises, The Blind Side, which had received no guild nominations or critics prizes other than for Sandra Bullock’s performance. Clearly all the Sandra love buoyed the film. As expected, The Hurt Locker, Avatar, Inglourious Basterds (8 nods), Precious (6 nods), and Up in the Air (6 nods) led the pack, while Up becomes only the second animated film ever to be nominated for Best Picture. Star Trek, meanwhile, did score a total of four nominations but just couldn’t muscle into Best Picture. That’s the best news for Avatar, which still may have a hard time beating The Hurt Locker.

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

These are the five SAG nominees, so nothing surprising here. Morgan Freeman was the only possible weak link, but none of the guys on the bubble—Viggo Mortensen, Matt Damon, Ben Foster, Robert Downey Jr.—had enough oomph. How can Jeff Bridges lose? I’d say Jeremy Renner is the only one who can upset him (like Adrien Brody for The Pianist).

Best Actress
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Another repeat of the SAG nominees. The Young Victoria‘s Emily Blunt had a shot at displacing Helen Mirren, but clearly the older voters responded well to The Last Station. The Blind Side‘s Best Picture nomination (compared to no other nods for Julie & Julia) means Bullock has the edge. Who’da thunk it?

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

A bunch of talented gents were overlooked here: Alec Baldwin, Christian McKay, Alfred Molina, Peter Sarsgaard, and Anthony Mackie, to name just five. As I’ve stated before, this race was over before it ever began.

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

Here we have the only variance from SAG in the individual acting races, as Maggie Gyllenhaal stole Diane Kruger’s slot. And even though Julianne Moore failed to earn a SAG nod for A Single Man, I’m still surprised the Academy didn’t give her a fifth career nomination.

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

The five DGA nominees repeated here, fending off competition from the likes of Neill Blomkamp and Lone Scherfig. But these five films are so far out in front that no one else really had a shot. It’s Bigelow’s to lose.

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

As with Titanic, James Cameron failed to earn a screenplay nomination for Avatar. The Messenger duo stole the fifth slot from the adorable (500) Days of Summer guys. With Hurt Locker and Basterds in the running, this may be the tightest major race of the year.

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

If there’s a shock here, it’s the inclusion of the little-seen In the Loop over Fantastic Mr. Fox. But the writers branch often goes for a sharp British indie, so maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised.

Best Animated Film
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Up

Best Foreign Language Film
El Secreto do Sus Ojos (Argentina)
Un Prophete (France)
The White Ribbon (Germany)
Ajami (Israel)
The Milk of Sorrow (Peru)

The rest of the categories are after the jump.

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

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

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

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

Best Editing
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious

Best Makeup
Il Divo
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

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

Best Song
“Almost There,” The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman
“Down in New Orleans,” The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman
“Loin de Paname,” Paris 36, Reinhardt Wagner & Frank Thomas
“Take It All,” Nine, Maury Yeston
“The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart, T-Bone Burnett & Ryan Bingham

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

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

Best Visual Effects
Avatar
District 9
Star Trek

Best 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

Best 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

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

Image credit: Avatar: WETA; Renner: Jonathan Olley; Oscar: A.M.P.A.S.

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  • paige

    ugh The Blind Side ?! Really?!!! Its Erin Brokovich all over again…. Other than a couple of nominees here and there, its fairly predictable… A Julianne Moore snub here, a Penelope Cruz nomination there…. Happy to see Princess & the Frog there… whats a Secret of Kells????

    • RyRyNYC

      Erin Brokovich was an excellent film with an excellent performance… step off Paige.

      • James S.

        Step off? Seriously? Who still says that?

      • Chris Richards

        It wasn’t a bad movie, but I think the general consensus has been that it was overhyped. Certainly, Roberts’ performance was nothing special (Oscars have many times awarded someone for their body of work, which seems unfair to other nominees). So, yeah, this may eb the same thing.

      • Laura

        Perhaps, RyRy, you should go rent “Requiem for a Dream” and check out the actual best performance by and actress in a motion picture from that year-Ellen Burstyn.

      • paige

        i think requiem would be too much for ryry to comprehend…

      • smartAlex

        @ Laura – Soooooo true.

        i’ve said it a cpl times actually, one of the greatest thefts in oscar history was Julia “same sassy outsider with heart of gold role in every movie” Roberts beating out Ellen Burstyn, who was absolutely incredible and heartbreaking in Requiem. Glad i’m not the only one.

      • Dede

        Erin Brockovich was awful. My husband fell asleep halfway through the movie in the theater and I have never been more jealous of him in my life. I hated that movie.

      • Von Raschke’s Claw

        Oh yeeah, Paige got served!

      • David D

        I agree with RyRy. Paige you need to step off immediately! (James S. – I still say that) Dede – you need to get a clue, and maybe a better husband. Erin Brockovich was heartwarming and moving and Julie Roberts acted her ass off.

      • paige

        she acted her ass off??? if thats the best she can do- then that is VERY sad… you wanna see REAL acting- see Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a dream… and prepare for your mind to be blown… that is, unless you cant handle it- which based off your juvenine “step off” comment, i’m sure you wont be able to…which is perfectly fine- have fun in your mainstream “heartwarming” bubble… ignorance IS bliss

      • dacky

        YOU know who “acted their ass off last year???SHARLTO COPLEY(I pause for a collective “HUHHHH???”). He starred in District 9. He starts the movie as a callous goverment lackey and becomes a terrified rebel “hero” and carries the flick in the proccess-should’a been a contender.
        Also: 50 Days of Summer Best Original screenplay instead of Hurt Locker- that was a “directors” movie not so much a scripted one.

      • sadiesue

        Amen to Laura! Absolutely! Ellen Burnstyn in that movie was one of the most brillaint, brave performace ever!

      • RyRyNYC

        Requiem for a Dream… hmmm… the only thing I remember from that film is Conelly’s over grown bush suffocating her snatch. HAHAHA (Sarcasm obviously). Ellen Burstyn was alright in that… but I am biased, I don’t connect well with “druggie” performances. OMG – I take it back, I also remember the “Cheek to Cheek” line near the end. LOL… god, that movie was overrated. BTW, Paige, out of the two of us you are the one who spent money to actually see the Blind Side – I had the good sense to download that off the internet.

      • Are you for Real?

        I’m gonna go with RyRy here. I loved Erin Brokovich and thought that Julia Roberts was pretty awesome in it and it was a stretch for her. I also am glad to see Sandra Bullock nominated. Sure that Meryl will like win though. If so, that is much deserved as well. So, step off of RyRy.

      • paige

        wow ryry- youre dumber than i gave you credit for…

      • Joe

        Erin Brockovich was an overrated piece of crap and that cackling, toothy hyena sucks in every role she plays.

      • bbwloversmatch

        I think JR is old

      • Steve

        It wasn’t a bad movie, just not Oscar worthy. And do not say ‘step off’ please!

    • spizzell

      So glad to see The Blind Side here. Hollywood usually nominates films that are boring and nobody wants to see but the Artsy croud. Finally some movies that are entertaining and great.

      • James S.

        Aaaand…you’re exactly what’s gone wrong with the Academy Awards. Typical brain-dead moviegoer.

      • Mary Q. Contrary

        I think what you mean to say is that they usually award films with some actual emotional depth and artistic merit. And while it’s sad that a lot of the population aren’t often attracted to that kind of movie experience, it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be rewarded for their effort.

      • bma

        It’s Artsy “crowd”. Learn to spell please.

      • Aaron

        I don’t know what movie you saw, but The Blind Side bored me to f***ing TEARS! One of the worst movies of the year. I truly have no idea what the majority of the population and the Academy was smoking when they saw this! Uggghhhh…

      • Michael

        Uh… Boring and artsy are how you would describe the other nominees? ‘Up’ was hilarious and anything but boring. ‘The Hurt Locker’ is breaming with tension. Precious is shocking and heartbreaking. ‘District 9′ actually is an action film, albeit a smart one. And, ‘Inglorious Basterds’ was directed by Quentin Tarantino. You just called Tarantino boring. Really? Some movie-goers really are brain-dead. Sad.

      • Ryan

        The “artsy” crowd? Wow… sentiments like that are the reason that so many awful movies get made, and sadly, nominated. My country is getting so dumb, so fast, it’s terrible. I’m really amazed that fantastic movies like “No Country for Old Men” and “The Departed” have taken home the top prizes in recent years.

      • spizzell

        You guys have had your way, and there is a list of the boring movies you like, I am just glad that Avatar, The Blind Side, Inglourious Basters, Up, District 9 and The Hurt Locker were nominated and not just the long, over dramatic stuff that the stuff shirts seem to like. I look at some of the movies that have been nominated in the past and where are they now? The boring ones. No body watches them or lists them on their top movies of all times. The Crying Game, Frost/Nixon, The Reader,Atonement–Sucked Big Time,Good Night and Good Luck, Capote. The list could go on and on. Art films that were not anywhere close to what should be considered best picture but got nominated because they had a small audience of people who think that is good cinema and some of you folks have bought into it thinking it makes you look educated.

      • Ugh

        What a shocker that you enjoy mindless movies like The Blind Side since you can’t even spell crowd.

      • spizzell

        Sorry to the english teachers, I am glad you never make a mistake in your spelling. RUDE

      • Mags

        These are the Oscars, not the People’s Choice Awards.

      • wakeforce

        So how many people who criticize have actually seen The Blind Side. I don’t form an opinion until AFTER I’ve seen a movie. Try it sometime!

      • Gary

        “You guys have had your way”? lol… what are you talking about? And “Inglourious Basters” (let’s not even get into your spelling on this one…) this could easy be considered an “artsy” film – a surreal violent re-imagining of WWII and the fantasy death of Hitler in a movie house? Sounds artsy to me.

        The movies you list as sucking says more about your taste level and possibly your intelligence level, than anything. I think what all those movies you listed have in common is that there were no explosions in them.

      • crispy

        I’m waiting for it to show on Lifetime.

      • Olivia

        @spizzell I believe we were watching different movies when we saw Frost/Nixon, Capote, and Atonement. Just because those movies didn’t have some ridiculously predictable plot that oozed cheesiness the entire time does not mean that no one likes them or that no one saw them. You obviously saw them if you were able to categorize them that way, by your definition… are you no one?

      • Lance

        I agree with you. Those lame over-dramatic movies with little story like The Road, are always the ones nominated by old couch potatoes from the Academy.

      • brj171

        Fail for The Blind Side nominee. The movie was so formulaic, so contrived, so sappy, poorly acted (although Bullock did give a good performance, not Oscar worthy, however) and has no place being amongst these other exceptional films. I would have liked to see A Single Man, (500) Days of Summer or even The Hangover take this spot that The Blind Side stole. And as for these “artsy” movies that keep being brought up, those are the one’s with real stories, real characters, good performances, fully-realized scripts, defiance of the norm. They aren’t churned out like lifetime movies or marvel comic book films. They are made with precision and real dedication to the art and craft of film making. That is why those “artsy” movies are the one’s honored by one of the most prestigious groups of people in the film industry. These “artsy” movies go on to be the one’s preserved and remembered for decades to come. So sorry if you want trash that you will forget in 8 months when another piece of trash is thrown onto the screens for the mindless sheep to pay $8.00 to see and use as an example later as a great movie, whereas “The White Ribbon” is just “artsy” crap!

      • RyanK

        I enjoyed The Blind Side. It was entertaining, and a good night out with my girlfriend. That, and I really enjoyed Bullock’s performance. BUT, that’s all it was to me: an enjoyable movie driven by one actor. It’s like comparing pop music with Mozart. More people might like pop music, but there is no argument as to which is the higher art form. Great movies are the Mozart; they are art. They require your full attention. The require your intelligence. The problem is that like pop music and Mozart, most people prefer the easier experience for simply that reason: it’s easier. But that sure as heck doesn’t make it better. I like my pop music, but when I want a real, moving experience, I’ll stick with Mozart, thanks.

      • dug

        hey james s stepoff!!!

      • Mama Katie

        Hey I loved Frost/Nixon! And Atonement. They were really both good movies. I’ve seen The Blind Side, because like @wakeforce I don’t like to criticize a movie unless I’ve seen it, and it was okay. It was a decent enough movie, better than the other piece of crap I saw that day, New Moon, but I wouldn’t say it’s a Best Picture nominee. I loved The Hurt Locker, haven’t seen An Education, A Serious Man or Avatar yet (I know, I’m one of the last 3 people who haven’t) but my favorite movie of the year was Inglorious Basterds, until I saw Up in The Air.
        And not all pop music is the antithesis of Mozart. I saw enough comments on the Grammy posts to know there are some people who hate music today, but not all of it is terrible…just the large majority :)

      • Mike

        @Gary Criticizing someone for misspelling the name of a film that is notoriously misspelled by the filmmaker is both presumptuous and rude. Get a life.

      • Peg

        I agree that some of the “artsy” films that are nominated can be boring (sorry, but “The Bedroom” was just a boring and horrid movie experience) but I think it’s wrong to generalize and stereotype based on previews. Yes, The Blind Side does advertise like a Lifetime movie of the month but it didn’t feel that way to me in the theater at all. In fact, I walked away from it feeling a bit surprised that it wasn’t horrible. I don’t know that it’s a contender for “Best Picture”, but I do think it’s far more enjoyable than some of the more “serious” Best Picture nominees from years past. For me, the Best Actress should be Gabourey Sidibe – she was amazing in Precious and I would love to see her win it.

      • stella

        You call Avatar, Inglourious Basterds, and Up in the Air, which altogether grossed 2.4 billion (400 million for the last two!) “artsy”? And you ARE eleven, right?

      • Gazza

        “You just called Tarantino boring”: that’s the only argument you need, really.

      • betsy gaines

        James S., your comment made me laugh. Seriously, who ever said it?

      • BKizzle

        I really enjoyed the Blind Side, but I don’t think it’s an oscar worthy film. It was definitely formulaic and didn’t do anything that hasn’t been done before. Sandra Bullock’s nomination is enough for her, and hopefully she doesn’t beat Meryl Streep or Mulligan. The Hangover definitely deserved the nom over the Blind Side. The Hangover was hilarious and was actually an innovative comedy.

      • Jon

        Well, the “Artsy” crowd is exactly the crowd that these awards are meant for. Film is, after all, art. You would not expect the pulitzer prize to have page and vocabulary restrictions, would you? Go ahead and enjoy The Blind Side, but don’t act like something sucks because you dont like to think at the theater.

      • Michael

        Okay, CLEARLY you didn’t see The Reader. That movie was spectacular, and Kate Winslet’s performance was bone-chillingly haunting as she played the disturbed Hanna Schmitz with such poise; it was truly a phenomenal ode to great acting. And Capote, well, the movie may not have been to your liking, but again, Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s acting cannot be understated. Let’s see… Atonement, that’s fine if it’s not your thing, but the movie was beautifully shot and constructed, and to limit its description to merely “artsy” is just uncouth. The Blind Side was a good, entertaining movie. I will say that. It was good, family entertainment. Not every movie needs to be as intense as The Reader or as subtly played as Atonement because not every movie is made for the same purpose. But the Academy Awards are to award films that go beyond just the entertainment factor of movies and really make the audiences think deeply about the films’ meaning, why they were made, how they affect our lives, etc., like when you look at a Michelangelo statue or listen to a Mozart piece. That should be the same (or a similar) affect as, say, watching The Reader, The Departed, or The Lord of the Rings. They should frighten, awe, inspire, repulse, excite, inform, and relay to you all the impact that their characters and stories are meaning to tell. That is what a truly fantastic movie ought to do, and that is the kind of movie which should win Oscars.

      • Dan

        Total myth. Oscar voters have always recognized money-making crowd pleasers. Sure, they don’t always get it right, but by the same token, there are plenty of excellent, small “art” films that haven’t been nominated either.

        All three Lord of the Rings movies, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, ET, Titanic, Forest Gump, The Sixth Sense, Gladiator, Dances with Wolves, The Fugitive, Beauty and the Beast, Rain Man, Gone with the Wind, Slumdog Millionaire and The Exorcist all are in the top 150 grossing movies of all time and all were nominated for Best Picture (seven winners in that bunch too). Now add Avatar and Up to that too.

        If I did my math right, that’s about 13 percent or a little more than 1 out of every 10 blockbusters. Not bad when you consider how heavy the list is skewed to more recent movies and that there is a lot of utter crap among the top 150 earners.

      • ag

        my apologies spizzell, atonement just happens to be in my list of fav movies. wouldn’t expect someone like you to understand a movie as awesome though..

    • GoMe!

      Happy for the Blind Side too.

      • jared4ever

        Moron.

      • Mike

        Please go swallow a knife, Jared. Thanks.

    • April C

      I agree about Blind Side. Although I thought they would include MORE mainstream flicks, so I guess I am glad that it was limited.
      Seriously, I thought I was the only person on earth who views penelope cruz as the single most overrated actress of all-time! She could be in a skin flick and still be nominated!

      • GS

        No. I hate her too. Refuse to watch anything she is in b/c you can’t understand a thing she says!

      • Lois

        You aren’t the only person who thinks Penelope Cruz is overrated.

      • Mary Q. Contrary

        I think she’s a very gifted talent, but unfortunately, needs certain factors around her to perform at her full ability. Which is NOT a good thing, of course, but to say that she isn’t talented and is overrated is just plain wrong. Have you seen her in any Almodovar films? I’m guessing by your crude comment about being unable to understand what she’s saying that you haven’t.

      • jones

        I do not get why Penelope was nominated again so soon after her win and for Nine which was a total flop.

      • Dee

        IA about Penelope Cruz, what is the fuss all about? I’m not even talking about I can barely understand what she is saying.

      • Jen

        I find her overrated as well

      • mrs b

        I also don’t understand how Penelope Cruz could be nominated for “Nine.” It was such a terrible film and all she did was roll around on stage in lingerie. It doesn’t take any talent to do that.

      • Lars

        In Spain, her performance in Broken Embraces is considered one of the year’s worst!

      • Beth S.

        I think they just wanted to see what Penelope would wear to the Oscars. She can always be counted on to look fabulous and wear the most stunning gowns.

    • Sean

      Now Sandra Bullock will never go away….

      • crispy

        Let’s all pool our money together and hire someone to kill her.

      • wakeforce

        You can always count on crispy to class up the joint!

      • Lynn

        Crispy I would watch what you write on here…what you said was completely inappropriate and could be considered a threat. Please refrain from using this forum as a place where you can unleash hateful rage.

      • crispy

        Oh, shut up, Lynn, or I’ll bash you in the face with a 9 iron.

      • paige

        i gots your bak crisp! ;-)

      • crispy

        Thanks, lower-case paige! I can’t believe people took that comment seriously. It’s the same people who like saccharine Lifetime movies like The Blind Side.

      • RyanK

        Yes, Sandra Bullock will never go away now, but at least this hopefully means she’ll continue to try some more serious roles instead of those horrible romantic comedies. Crash and The Blind Side proved she can act seriously, and I think those movies proved that to her as well. I think the only reason we find her annoying is because we associate her with her romantic comedy characters. After The Blind Side, I’m willing to wait and see what else she can do.

      • OMG

        Um Lynn, who died and made you the Entertainment Weekly Comment Police?? You must be that same person who has nothing better to do with their time than scroll through every post on this website and correct spelling errors. Crispy, maybe you should pool your money and go after Lynn first.

      • dacky

        I think Sandra Bulluck is Meryl Streep compared to Kate Hudson. Her ditsy get-the-money performances in romcom crap is about as cynical as they get.SHE MUST BE STOPPED!!!

      • Are you for Real?

        Crispy you are very rude…Sandra is awesome and I resent your hatred.

      • hawaiiwoman

        Sandra Bullock in contention with Meryl Streep for best actress? Is this a damn joke?

    • dave

      Up is the only animated film nominated for best picture, doesn’t that make the best animated film category kind of pointless?

      • April C

        IMO, It is the same as a foriegn language film getting nominated for Best Pic, or a screenplay getting nom’d in both categories! Just doesn’t make sense to me. Up was a good movie, but one best picture nom is enough!

      • sam

        Fact 1) foriegn language film getting nominated for Best Pic -> It’s possible.

        Fact 2)screenplay getting nom’d in both categories -> It’s impossible. By rule.

        And this situation is similar with the first case, and totally different from the latter.

      • V

        The animated film category was created after Beauty and the Beast won best picture…basically, it was a way to keep good animated movies from “stealing” a best picture nomination. It is NOT a problem to be nominated for both, as in fact, that just says the Academy thinks Up is just THAT awesome.

      • Clay

        V…. you just said Beauty and the Beast won best picture? Try a movie completely different from the genre: Silence of the Lambs

    • Ben

      Don’t step off, Paige. I agree with you.

      • dacky

        Talk to the Ben.

      • dacky

        Talk to the Hand Ben or step it up or set it off. Take your nonsenseical pick of things NOT said by REAL LIVE PEOPLE outside your t.v. set.Make it so.

    • K.B.C.

      “The Secret of Kells” is an Irish-produced traditionally animated film: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_of_Kells

    • km

      Julianne Moore, Paige? Really? Snub? Really? … Really? Did you watch the same performance I did?

      • Lars

        How many more times are you going to say ‘really’?

      • paige

        really?

    • Clarity Johnston

      I assume you are refering to “Kell on Earth” Bravo’s new hit reality show that depicts a woman working in a stressful job?

      • springs

        Um, no. The Oscars don’t reward reality tv shows (or any television for that matter).

    • Lars

      Bullock deserves her nomination, but the film itself is not very good – very much like an extended ABC after school special. This is a good example of why 10 nominations for best film is not a good idea.

      • Really!!??

        Really??? Really…..Really???

    • jb

      i know there will be some eye-rolls because it’s a foreign film, but “The White Ribbon” really is worth your time if you’re interested in a great movie. Most of these movies, as we know, are good but are part of marketing campaigns.

    • Celia

      WHY are there only 3 Visual Effects nominees, while there are 5 spots in every other category. It makes no sense.

      • Gazza

        yeah, and while there were only three best song noms last year, there are five this year. I read that for best song, a song had to achieve a average score of at least 7 out of ten (I think; not too sure about the exact no., but it was pretty high) in order to be nominated- maybe it’s the same case for VFX as well?

      • Heath

        What? Didn’t they send the Vfx Oscar to Cameron and Co. yet?

    • wino

      Hangover should have received a nod…And since when did it become a rule to nominate songs only from Musicals and/or Disney Flicks? very outdated standards

    • Cassie

      Paige for the win. That movie just pandered to white insecurities about being racist. Yup I said it.

    • Fernando L Costa

      I have to disagree with you; I think there were no really snubs at the Oscars nominations except for Matt Damon Informant! (much better than his François from Invictus, but different categories…). I like the diversity that the 10 picture nominees brought to the best picture race, otherwise no big surprises except for Maggie G, and the SK animation film. This will be a showdown between Avatar and The Hurt Locker, and at the moment I think Avatar may just win best picture and Kathryn best director, but I wish they both went to the Hurt Locker – let´s see how the academy members play this one. Maybe they will be satisfied by giving Avatar all the technical categories (which, especially for the visual effects, it deserves)… The interesting thing is that we have a race this year… Go The Hurt Locker

    • chris

      “the blind side” is a sad inclusion in the top ten. it reminds of “Ray” getting a best pic nom on the strength of jamie foxx. the saddest part of this whole awards race is that it’s a headsup competition between two undeserving competitors: “the hurt locker” and “avatar”; both are decent films and solid entertainments, but neither truly deserve to sit atop every other film release in 2009 as the best of the best.

    • hawaiiwoman

      Co-sign. It’s junk.

  • Sean

    The Blind Side?

    • mishka

      Yeah…
      And no HANGOVER even a nod for best original screenplay…I’m disappointed.
      But I’m so happy for Precious!

      • mishka

        Avatar missed the Best Song nod? I’m not that surprised, blame it on the singer, Leona has no charisma.

      • Celia

        The Oscars always shun the comedies.

      • Beth S.

        Comedies like the Hangover get such disrespect at the Oscars. Now, if it was a Comedy-drama (like Juno, Little Miss Sunshine or Lost In Translation) it might have stood a chance at a nomination. It’s so difficult to make a really great comedy (like the Hangover). I just wish at Oscar time the powers that be would remember how important it is to sometimes laugh with total abandon – just as important as it is to make us think deeply.

    • ZRob

      My reaction too. Really?? WTF?

    • Mags

      Over Star Trek?

      • Celia

        I’m really shocked Star Trek didn’t get a Best Picture nomination. I guess all the hype died down since it came out in May, but it deserved it.

  • Michael H.

    Emily Blunt deserved a nomination for THE YOUNG VICTORIA and Julianne Moore should have been on the Best Supporting list instead of Penelope Cruz.

    • RyRyNYC

      LOL… you beat me to the punch. I LOVED THE YOUNG VICTORIA… such a well mad period piece… and Blunt is delicious in anything she does!

    • SC

      Julianne Moore (an actress I normally love) had a really terrible accent in that movie.

    • Aaron

      I have to agree with SC. I love Julianne Moore and she has given some terrific performances, but A Single Man is not one of them. I thought her character was too under written and performed to receive a nomination. I actually prefer Penelope Cruz in Nine over her.

    • Celia

      Yeah she did! That’s bull that Emily didn’t get nominated for that role. She have a magnificent performance in The Young Victoria.

    • Joel

      No Emily Blunt? No Abbie Cornish? No Yolande Moreau? Where are these deserving performances? Where are the surprises? Sigh…

  • RyRyNYC

    Disappointed Emily Blunt lost out on an oscar nom…

    • Lois

      Emily Blunt should have been nominated instead of Helen Mirren.

      • Mary Q. Contrary

        Thank you! It seems like Mirren has become one of the Academy’s go-to seasoned vets. I think she’s brilliantly talented, and most of the time deserves all the praise she gets, but the Academy has a tendency to pad the nominee lists with some of their “teacher’s pets” every year. It’s like they’re reminding us that they play by their own rules regardless, new century be damned. They have the control, and we should all just accept what they have to say and move on. Right? Uh…….. Emily Blunt still deserved the nod, and Mirren has done much better work. And, on one last note, The Blind Side was a well-done fluff piece that’s been done a million times before, had absolutely nothing new to offer, and should NEVER have scored a nomination. I’m on the fence about whether or not Bullock should have been nominated, but I’m pretty sure the nom for the film was engineered to justify her nomination.

      • JK

        couldn’t agree more

      • stella

        She has TWO oscar nominations over the last decade. 2001 and 2006. Wtf are you talking about. This will be her first nomination in three years.

        This is just moronic age bias. So we should give it to Blunt because she’s not young and pretty?

        As brain dead as you people are, I included a link to the Last Station link here. Now tell me Helen didn’t deserve it. The Rotten Tomatoes consensus alone concluded that The Last Station rested on her “tour-de-force” performance. Blunt was charming and plucky but is simply overrated in her performance.

  • JP

    So happy that Sandra Bullock and The Blind Side got nominated!!!!!

  • JasonHomey

    The Blind Side for best picture. To quote the SNL Skit with Seth Myers and Amy Poehler, Really? THIS is why you don’t expand best picture to 10 movies.

    • Scott

      A Serious Man was left off the best picture list.

      • MsSuniDaze

        No…it’s there.

    • Mia

      I totally agree. But..this is EXACTLY why they expanded it to 10 movies because they wanted movies that people went to see and those people will watch the telecast, the ratings will go up and will generate more money. Bottom line it comes to MONEY

      • Lars

        as opposed to credibility

    • Alex

      Yeah, because of crybaby Dark Knight fangeeks, Blind Side has a BP nod. Funny that even with 5 nods, Avatar has the best chance of winning.

      The 10 picture expansion is just as bad of an idea as Jay Leno at 10 PM.

      • 4k4k

        Are you serious? The Hurt Locker has the best chance.

    • KT

      Yes…Really. I understand that it you have different tasts and I respect that but everyone on here will just have to except the fact that many, many people loved this move and Ms. Bullock’s performance.

  • chattypatra

    The name of the movie from Argentina is “El Secreto de Sus Ojos”. Please correct it. That said, thank you for posting the list of nominees so fast.

  • Laura

    Hey Dave! You’re missing one Best Picture nominee…I only count nine here…

    • SKJ

      A Serious Man is the tenth.

      • Taylor

        Whew! I had already worked myself up into a state of anger about The Blind Side getting nominated over A Serious Man. Turns out, it was just left off the list. Could we uh, ya know, fix that?

  • Rob

    Wow – only 9 nominees for Best Picture? That’s the biggest shocker of all!

  • UGH

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Bwana

    Congrats to all, but I was hoping that Diane Kruger or Melanie Laurent would get a Best Supporting Actress nod…

    • Bwana

      …and agree that Emily Blunt deserved a nomination.

      • Big Walt

        Jambo, jambo Bwana. Habari gana? Nzuri sana.

    • Anne

      I agree! Emily Blunt was (and always is) fantastic. She’s slowly moving up the ranks of Hollywood, and I’m sure she’ll be nominated soon. Also, I thought Melanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz stole the show in Inglorious Basterds. Where’s the love for Melanie?! Ugh. That said, I’m glad to see the range in the nominations. Some newer folks made the list.

    • aleksa

      I thought Melanie Laurent made that movie; she was fantastic.

      • TJ

        I agree Melanie Laurent was superb!

      • z

        The scene with her and Waltz eating strudel was amazing.

        I realized as I wrote that if you hadn’t seen the movie, you would think that statement completely ridiculous

    • bootsycolumbia

      Hear, hear, about Melanie Laurent. She gave a great performance in IB, and I was hoping she’d get nominated.

  • Jaime

    THE BLIND SIDE! WHAT THE HECK! there are at least 20 films that could have taken its spot.

    • ron

      To Jamie: 20 films better than the Blind Side? Remind me never to ask you for advice about what movie to see!

      • Jaime

        I’ll be glad to Ron – start with Bright Star, the Messenger, A Single Man -there’s three films, I’lll give you more when you’re done.

  • Marcus

    ‘The Blind Side’? BEST PICTURE NOMINEE!!!????!!!! I have lost faith in the Oscars.

    • dave

      Have any of you Blind Side haters even seen the movie?

      • Ellie

        Now I have seen The Blind Side. It’s not a terrible movie by any means, but it’s certainly not Oscar worthy. It’s just one of those inspirational sports movies that you’d see on cable. Nothing particularly special.
        And Sandra Bullock’s nomination? She wasn’t bad by any means, but not anything spectacular. It was more deserved by Melanie Laurent.

      • brj171

        Ellie I think you put it the best way possible. I think that the film was okay. I think the anger that is being displayed here is simply because it took the spot of probably 4 or 5 movies that deserved it much more. As did Sandra Bullock. Those who are really into the Oscars (I am including myself in this category) are now just lashing out because it is such a crock.

      • TB

        yes, and it sucked

      • RyanK

        @Ellie, Melanie Laurent almost probably would have been nominated in the best supporting, not best lead, category. She was the primary female role in Inglorious Basterds, but it would be tough to call her a lead. Heck, could you really call anyone a lead in that movie?

      • dave

        I haven’t seen it because it looks horrible but I’ll stop short of saying it actually is horrible.

      • Landon

        I did see it. It was a very average film. It was riddled with cliches, was annoyingly smug, and Sandra Bullock’s performance was decent at best. The most overrated film of the year, next to The Hangover

      • Meg

        I saw it and loved it but the fac that it was nominated for best picture is bulls***

      • bootsycolumbia

        I agree. I plan to see it before I start trashing it. Why are people never happy? They whine when popular movies like The Dark Knight don’t get Best Picture nominations, and then when the Academy opens up the category and includes more popular maovies, people whine because “their” movie wasn’t included. Drives me nuts!

    • Laura

      Sorry, but just because you don’t like something, it doesn’t automatically make you a ‘hater’ (so overused). I did indeed see The Blind Side and found it to be very much a Lifetime-style movie. OK, but by no means a best picture nominee. And Bullock was very good, but I’m not sure her performance was really Oscar level. Anyway, not a hater but not in love with this movie.

  • TokyoTim

    The fact that “The Blind Side” just got nominated for Best Picture means that Sandra is unstoppable and that Meryl will be robbed. Who wants to bet against me on this?

    • fancypants

      i’ll bet against you. Meryl FTW!!!!!!!

      • April C

        I’m with you, Tokyo Tim.

    • spizzell

      I’ll bet against you too. Meryl does not deserve this. Sandra all the way.

      • Sookie

        Seriously? Meryl Streep was so incredible as Julia Child. She played the role without making her cartoonish and was so believable that I didn’t think I was watching a performance. What did Sandra Bullock do? Died her hair blond.

      • Daniel

        Meryl Streep is def best actress out there…just saw her in DOUBT – phenomenol.

      • Amiee

        Ok, I love Meryl Streep and agree that she was wonderful as Julia Child. And for the record, I hope she gets the Oscar. But…Sandra Bullock did so much more than dye her hair blond. She completely transformed herself into someone else and gave a tremendous performance. She may not deserve to win but she deserves to be nominated.

      • Laura

        Streep is the most deserving of the five. If she is robbed/neglected/overlooked again, then the academy is officially out of its collective mind.

      • George

        Meryl Streep is extremely talented, and her performance was very good, and I also like Sandra Bullock because she’s made no secret of the fact that she doesn’t expect, or strive for, an Oscar.

        With that said, this Meryl vs. Sandra debate overlooks the other deserving nominees, particularly Gabbie Sidibe, who I think truly gave the best performance this year.

      • Stephanie

        I have not seen “Julie and Julia” or “The Blind Side”. That being said, when I first saw a preview for TBS I rolled my eyes at the preview because SANDRA BULLOCK CANNOT DO A SOUTHERN DRAWL! Team Meryl all the way. Sorry, Sandra fans, but Meryl is THAT good.

      • OMG

        Stephanie why don’t you see the movies before you complain about them? Just sayin…

      • Stephanie

        Wow OMG why don’t you read what I said? I watched the trailer for The Blind Side and I had no desire to see it. Why would I waste my money on a movie that I don’t want to see?

    • Mags

      Team Meryl. And I no longer want to live in a world where Steve Sanders’ stupid single-mom girlfriend from 90210 has the same number of Academy Awards as Meryl Streep.

      • Antoinette

        Thank you, thank you Mags! Every time I see Hilary Swank I think of 90210 and how she was the worst actress in the sea of bad actresses on that show. I have yet to like a single one of her films and am constantly annoyed at the hollywood system that continues to push her down our collective throats. Look at ‘Amelia’ people; Swank cannot open a film or keep it afloat.

      • amj

        I agree with you there! For some reason, I really don’t like Hillary Swank. Never have.

      • bootsycolumbia

        Amelia wasn’t all Swank’s fault. I wanted to see the movie until I watched the trailer online. The movie looked so dull and lifeless that I just couldn’t be bothered to spend ten bucks on it. That’s the fault of the screenwriter and the director as much as the lead actress. As for her Oscar wins, she deserved the one for Boys Don’t Cry. She was awesome in that movie. Million Dollar Baby was more of a surprise, since it was so close to her first win, but she was good in that movie too. I love Meryl Streep, but I believe that some of her nominations were NOT deserved. She is an incredible actress with astounding range, so don’t everyone yell at me. But I would never have nominated her for The Devil Wears Prada or Music of the Heart. Both those movies were completely lame, and Meryl’s performances in both were good, but not among the best of the year.

    • ron

      To Tim: As with the other awards that Sandra has already won, it will be deserving, not a robbery!

  • Mike

    Why are there only nine movies listed for best picture?

    • Snookie

      Why didn’t Fast & Furious get nominated bro?!

      • Bradley Badder

        Because it was total Bull, ‘All About Steve’ would be in the Top 10 before ‘Fast and Furious’…

    • FLIP

      district 9 is missing

      • Gazza

        missing where? it’s in the best film category

    • FreD

      maybe you cant count…try again

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