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2010 Academy Award Nominations

Academy Award nominations 2010

After the list of nominees were announced this morning, two movies rose to the top of the pack. Avatar and The Hurt Locker - helmed respectively by James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow - both lead the field with nine nominations each. Thankfully, the formerly married directors still get along.

Even though this will be the first time since 1943 (when Casablanca won) that ten films will go up for Best Film, this year’s list only revealed a handful of surprises. Those who have been following other ceremonies during this awards season saw very little changes in the acting categories.

Here are some of the noteworthy mentions/omissions from today’s nominations:

  • Many had hoped The Hangover, Star Trek and/or (500) Days of Summer would go up for Best Picture. Many were left disappointed.
  • Is this the first time Daniel Day-Lewis wasn’t nominated for simply breathing?
  • Acting queen is up now up for her sweet 16th nomination for her role in Julie & Julia. (I believe I will one day see her 20th.)
  • Speaking of leading women, there will be three newcomers going up against vets Streep and (The Last Station): Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)—someone who wasn’t even an actress to begin with!
  • Disney/Pixar’s will be double-dipping it this year. The feature has been nominated in both the Best Film and Best Animated Film categories.

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Avatar and The Hurt Locker

BEST MOVIE

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

BEST DIRECTOR

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

BEST ACTRESS

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

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 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 SUPPORTING ACTOR

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

BEST 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, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy)

BEST 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: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (Geoffrey Fletcher)
  • Up in the Air (Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner)

BEST ANIMATED FILM

  • Coraline
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • The Secret of Kells
  • Up

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will air March 7 from the Kodak Theatre on ABC.

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