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The Oscar Nominations Are Announced!
Nine nods for The Hurt Locker and Avatar

02 February 2010  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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Well, colour us blue and call us a Thanator. The nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards have just been announced in LA and, while James Cameron’s Avatar – the biggest film of all time – bagged nine nominations in total, it hasn’t had it all its own way.

Click here for the complete list of nominees.

Cameron’s epic has been nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, and picked up a raft of technical nominations, but it was overlooked in most other major categories, including the acting divisions and Best Original Screenplay and, while it remains the favourite to take the main prize, faces some serious competition from The Hurt Locker – directed, of course, by Cameron's ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow – going into the March 7 ceremony.

The Hurt Locker also bagged nine nominations, including Best Actor for Jeremy Renner, but the likes of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (with eight), Jason Reitman’s Up In The Air (six) the surprise Sandra Bullock smash, The Blind Side, and Lee Daniels’ Precious (also six) can’t be discounted in the race for the main prize.

The nominations – announced this year by Anne Hathaway, along with Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president, Tom Sherak – also included, for the first time in decades, ten Best Picture nominees. Beyond the usual suspects, that allowed the Academy leeway to spring some surprises, with the likes of District 9, the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man and Pixar’s Up getting nods they wouldn't have had last year. The full list of Best Picture nominees is Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Precious, Inglourious Basterds, Up In The Air, Up, A Serious Man, The Blind Side, District 9 and An Education.

Up’s nomination means it’s the first animated movie to bag a Best Picture nomination since Beauty And The Beast back in 1992. It’s also nominated in the Best Animated Feature category, alongside The Princess And The Frog, Coraline and Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Ten into five does not go, however, meaning that five directors had to miss out on nominations in the Best Director category. Cameron, Bigelow – who won the DGA Best Director prize a few days ago and might be seen as the frontrunner – Reitman, Tarantino and Lee Daniels all got the nod.

Best Actress saw few surprises, with Sandra Bullock, for The Blind Side, Carey Mulligan, for An Education, Gabourey Sidibe, for Precious, Helen Mirren for The Last Station and Meryl Streep’s customary nomination for Julie & Julia, all making the list. There was no place for Avatar’s Zoe Saldana.

The Best Actor nominees were Jeff Bridges, for Crazy Heart, George Clooney for Up In The Air, Morgan Freeman for Invictus, Colin Firth for A Single Man and Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker.

The supporting actor/actress categories was pretty predictable, with Christoph Waltz, Christopher Plummer, Woody Harrelson, and Matt Damon filling out the Best Supporting Actor categories, while Mo’nique, Maggie Gyllenhaal, the Up In The Air pair of Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga and Penelope Cruz secured the Best Supporting Actress slots.

And, if there was some concern about Oscar co-hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin not being fully focused on the night, that’s now been dissipated as neither was nominated for It’s Complicated.

The full list of nominees is below.

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
James Cameron, Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
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
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up In the Air
Anna Kendrick, Up In the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Mo’nique, Precious

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

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 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Mark Boal, The Hurt locker
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Joel and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, The Messenger
Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Up

ART DIRECTION
Avatar
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

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

COSTUME DESIGN
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
The Young Victoria

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

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 A La Berlin

FILM EDITING
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Ajami
El Secreto de Sus Ojos
The Milk of Sorrow
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

MAKE-UP
Il Divo
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

MUSIC: ORIGINAL SCORE
Avatar
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes
Up

MUSIC: ORIGINAL SONG
The Princess and The Frog – Almost There
The Princess and The Frog – Down In New Orleans
Paris 36 – Loin de Panane
Nine – Take It All
Crazy Heart – The Weary Kind

SHORT FILM: ANIMATED

French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady And The Reaper
Logorama
A Matter of Loaf and Death

SHORT FILM: LIVE ACTION
The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Kavi
Miracle Fish
The New Tenants

SOUND EDITING
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

VISUAL EFFECTS
Avatar
District 9
Star Trek

BEST ANIMATED PICTURE
Coraline
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Princess And The Frog
The Secret Of Kells
Up


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Where is the The Secret Of Kells??....
I've searched high and low on the empire website but I can't find a review of the fantastic animated Irish film 'The Secret Of Kells'? I've seen and I was curious to see what empire thought of it. That fact that this has been nominated for a 'Best Animated Feature' you'd think empire would've taken the time to review it?? I guess not. I found reviews for all the other flicks in the same category. Pull it together lads and give this film the coverage it well deserves... Go raibh maith agat... More

Posted by Greagoir at 12:08 on 12 February 2010 | Report This Post

soarise ronan
oh and where is soarise ronan in the best actress catagory,she's young,but the girl has potential,it would certanly be a good boost for young talent in holywood,off wich there is a litle shortage these days! More

Posted by peredebeeste at 18:00 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

avatar?
i know manny people are not going to agree with me,but,isn't avatar a videogame? i just don't like movies whos only acomplischments are in special efects! i hope avatar doesn'y win best movie,cause then the oscars have lost all their value to me! More

Posted by peredebeeste at 17:55 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

Let the Right Nominees In!
The fact that Let The Right One In has not been nominated for Best Picture - LET ALONE Best Foreign Language Film! - is the greatest travesty this year. Shame on you, Academy. More

Posted by Good_Film_Hunting at 11:21 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Huh?
I think generally the Oscars are becoming more commercial and not about film making. I prefer to look at the awards from the Guilds and the film festivals. The Oscar have become a major marketing tool for the studios to plug their films and make more money. Studios spend more money advertising movies around Oscar time than they ever did ten years ago. More

Posted by Nefruaten at 01:42 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Huh?
I hope Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges get it for best actress and actor, Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker as director and Matt Damon as best supporting actor for Invictus. Best picture, I don't really care this year, maybe The Hurt Locker. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 00:41 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Huh?
L: Hillsman Is this officially the WORST bunch of oscar nominations ever? Then again, I can't quite remember thinking to myself that any particular actor, actress, film or director even deserves one. Haven't seen The Hurt Locker, but from the sounds of things, it should lift Best Film & Best Director. Would be happy enough to see Clooney get the nod for best male -ading female category is just absolutely appalling this year.ote] Don't know about that, I thought Carey Mulligan was More

Posted by King Dave at 23:31 on 04 February 2010 | Report This Post

Huh?
Is this officially the WORST bunch of oscar nominations ever? Then again, I can't quite remember thinking to myself that any particular actor, actress, film or director even deserves one. Haven't seen The Hurt Locker, but from the sounds of things, it should lift Best Film & Best Director. Would be happy enough to see Clooney get the nod for best male - the leading female category is just absolutely appalling this year. More

Posted by Hillsman at 15:39 on 04 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Anna Kendrick!?
L: adambatman82 That was supposed to be funny! considered that at first... but considering the nature of the film, i don't see why its suppose to be funny?? The love of her life has broken up with her... in a film thats so serious about the relationship between various people... why on earth should this be funny? Admitidily, if they were going for humour, thats a slant on the film and not at Kendrick... but the rest of her performance still sucked. Especially in comparison to the More

Posted by Annihilate Now! at 15:28 on 04 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Anna Kendrick!?
L: Annihilate Now! I can't understand for the life of me how Anna Kendrick was nominated for Up in the Air.... She's not just average in that film, she's bloody awful. Wooden, boring, and e "breaks down crying" its so bad it's funny!sly... that has to be one of the worst nominations for acting ever. hat was supposed to be funny! More

Posted by adambatman82 at 14:28 on 04 February 2010 | Report This Post

Anna Kendrick!?
I can't understand for the life of me how Anna Kendrick was nominated for Up in the Air.... She's not just average in that film, she's bloody awful. Wooden, boring, and when she "breaks down crying" its so bad it's funny! Seriously... that has to be one of the worst nominations for acting ever. More

Posted by Annihilate Now! at 13:57 on 04 February 2010 | Report This Post

Totally agree with Pirategirl13
I bloody loved District 9, but nominating it for best Pic is like nominating Robocop or Predator, its fantastic but it ain't exactly Schindlers List, neither is that blue cat cartoon for that matter, but that'll win (groan) More

Posted by 62Parker at 13:18 on 04 February 2010 | Report This Post

Totally agree with Pirategirl13
I bloody loved District 9, but nominating it for best Pic is like nominating Robocop or Predator, its fantastic but it ain't exactly Schindlers List, neither is that blue cat cartoon for that matter, but that'll win (groan) More

Posted by 62Parker at 13:09 on 04 February 2010 | Report This Post

Disappointed.
The first thing I'm going to say is WHY, why, is Avatar nominated in nine categories? I can understand that technology and special-effects-wise. it was grounbreaking and amazing. But as a movie, it wasn't that good. At all. The dialogue was laughably bad, the message heavy-handed, and the plot was basically Pocahontas with ten-foot blue alien cat people. Visionary stuff, there. But the fact that Up, an animated film, has a best picture nod makes me very happy! True, it doesn't stand much chan More

Posted by pirategirl13 at 12:26 on 04 February 2010 | Report This Post

However much the Avatar actors brag that it is them acting under all the effects, none of the leads where nominated for best or best supporting actor/ress. Andy Serkis was not nominated for Gollum or King Kong because of debate over how much of the performance was actually his under the CG. Not that I think the acting was exceptional in Avatar but I would like to see future works by the likes of Andy Serkis recognized and if there was going to be one film to push the awards over the edge, I was More

Posted by Sarah.anne at 11:29 on 04 February 2010 | Report This Post

Avatar. Is. Rubbish.
How can a film that has no original ideas; no memorable characters; no convincing dialogue (someone actually says "bring the pain"); one of the most predictable and contrived plots ever committed to film; an attitude towards both disability and deforestation so patronising it manages to undermine any serious discourse on either subject; a film that manages to get a terrible, wooden performance out of someone as talented as Sigourney Weaver; that drags on for over two and a half hours and yet ma More

Posted by Nakedrampage at 10:16 on 04 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: moon!
Watched Inglourious Basterds again the other night on Blureay. I think Quentin should win Best Director. It's flawlessly put together. I never thought he was as good a director as he was a writer. But here he showes he's learned a lot. Just think how hard it is to (effectively) use 4 languages in a film and make it work. The first 20 minutes are brilliant in building tension but the (short) action scenes later in the movie show expert skill also. Much better than he did in Death Proof. I wa More

Posted by BobM70 at 09:45 on 04 February 2010 | Report This Post

moon!
I agree, Moon and Sam Rockwell should be in these nominations somwhere , what about the amazing atmospheric music score by Clint Mansell? More

Posted by jaime6575 at 07:54 on 04 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Mann was robbed!
Flickums, we must be the only two people who liked Public Enemies. I thought it was really well shot. Not sure about acting nods as no one but Depp really featured heavily in the movie.I was really upset the Christian Bale was not really in that movie. Yes, Sam Rockwell has been robbed - big time. I loved Moon. one of my favourite films of last year, and Duncan Jones should have got a nomination. I agree also with sjessep that Best Picture nomination are just technically good picture, More

Posted by Nefruaten at 21:33 on 03 February 2010 | Report This Post

Avatar to win everything!
I believe that Avatar should win in nearly every catergory it's nominated, purely because it was an awwesome movie!! I'm disappointed it isn't in the Best Original Screenplay though...*shrugs* If all else fails it's a shuh-en that James Cameron win Best Director; the guys a legend! More

Posted by harrypotter118118 at 18:14 on 03 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Yawneroo
L: entropy608 What a dreary old list - the ten film thing just goes to underline the poor quality of films in 2009 overall. hat's only the case if you can't look past obvious Oscar bait. More

Posted by FritzlFan at 15:45 on 03 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Why Avatar will win best picture - guaranteed
L: sjessep The Academy is made up of mostly technical personnel (eligibility comes from getting a nomination),sp; Except it's not. You add up all the tech people and they only slightly outnumber the actors. So by the time you factor in writers, directors, producers, etc, they're nowhere near to being the majority.   contingent of whom will always vote for the biggest, most expensive, most successful film - the Titanic's, The Return of the King'sp; Except they don't. If they d More

Posted by rawlinson at 14:44 on 03 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Sam Rockwell !
I agree Rockwell is beyond good in every film regardless of the role. He needs to win something soon More

Posted by Burry83 at 13:33 on 03 February 2010 | Report This Post

Mann was robbed!
Am I the only gutted that Public Enemies didn't get a single nomination? More

Posted by Flickums at 11:08 on 03 February 2010 | Report This Post

The only award Inglorious Basterds should win is best supporting actor.. Messy script and general lack of direction should deny it anything else. Best adapted screenplay for District 9 Avatar to go home with technical awards only More

Posted by ash333 at 11:01 on 03 February 2010 | Report This Post

Metalion - dude u have to admit, the script was a damb squib! awful, cliched lines. I dont even think it deserves to be considered for an award in this area! More

Posted by plum bob at 10:07 on 03 February 2010 | Report This Post

Where the hell is Zoe Saldana?
Really dissappointed that the academy decided to ignore Zoe Saldana's amazing performance in Avatar! Oh and why was the lovely bones also ignored with one nomination! More

Posted by marchman at 09:28 on 03 February 2010 | Report This Post

Avatar overlooked in the best original script category? Is this a joke? The script is so unoriginal that it should have several titles: Pocahontas, The New World, Avatar or whatever else shares the same story. More

Posted by Metalion at 08:51 on 03 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: The Irish Arrive At The Oscars...
I really hope Avatar doesn't take best picture.  It's a beautiful show piece, but that's it.  If it wins....I....just don't know anymore. More

Posted by Topher L at 03:05 on 03 February 2010 | Report This Post

Oscars
A very intresting list and may I just be the first to state my approval that the Cove gets a best documentary nomination. However I am mostly happy with the nominees but I like many others think Avatar was a five star experience but as a film it is very good but being nominated for this many Oscars is suprising considering way better films havbe been snubbed. I am unhappy with In the Loop's acknowledgement (the best comedy of 2009 in my view), it gets one nomination, it is stupid to be honest. G More

Posted by JJB888 at 02:40 on 03 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Terrible Nominees
L: Western23 What the hell is so good about The White Ribbon and Harry Potter? If you had any real concept of what cinematography is all about you wouldn't even be asking that question. Not only was the White Ribbon one of last year’s best films - but it was also one containing stunningly-realised usages of composition, monochrome and lighting. THAT is why it was deservedly nominated! More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 01:01 on 03 February 2010 | Report This Post

Sam Rockwell !
Sorry if this has already been posted , but I just want to see if anyone else shares my disappointment and even rage at Sam Rockwell being omitted from the best actor nominations. Hes an actor thats good in every film hes in and it takes a special actor to keep the audiences attention for 90 mins by yourself , yet I was hooked . Get a petition sent to the academy everyone ! More

Posted by Martinmac1 at 23:59 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Why Avatar will win best picture - guaranteed
I'm not calling it a conspiracy, but increasing the number of Best Picture nominees from five to ten is seriously going to damage the chances of smaller Independent films in years to come. The Academy is made up of mostly technical personnel (eligibility comes from getting a nomination), a vast contingent of whom will always vote for the biggest, most expensive, most successful film - the Titanic's, The Return of the King's. It's the ultimate self-congraulatory act of slapping themselves on the More

Posted by sjessep at 23:38 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: The Irish Arrive At The Oscars...
L: Greagoir Great to see us Irish up for four oscar nominations in four different categories!!!Secret of Kells' in the Best Animation Picture is a fantastic film made on a fraction of what the other films its up against.Door' is in Short Film: Live Category about a family in Chernobyl. 'Granny Mac Grimm' is in the Short Film: Animated Category and Dubliner Richard Baneham is among the nominees for the Best Visual Effects Catergory for 'Avatar'.... Fly the flag folks and bring home glor More

Posted by general_potatoface at 23:35 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
Just been checking on Rotten Tomatoes for the 10 nominated films - Up - 98% District 9 - 90% The Blind Side - 70% An Education - 95% The Hurt Locker - 97% Inglorious Basterds - 89% Precious - 91% A Serious Man - 87% Up in the Air - 90% Avatar - 82% Star Trek, easily the most entertaining film of last year, is at 94%, only beaten by 3 of the ten films and it gets snubbed, yet The Blind Side with only 70%, and Avasnooze with 82%, get chosen. I love James Cameron, but More

Posted by TUCK PENDLETON at 22:45 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

BEST ANIMATED PICTURE......AVATAR right?
I'm thinking it'll be a mixed bag this year, Hurt Locker will win director, Avatar best pic. Bridges for best actor and Bullock for actress(it's her turn) Supp actor is obviously Chris Waltz and Supp actress will be Mo'nique. Then we get best screenplay which will go to Tarantino and best adap screenplay to Geoff fletcher for Precious(it's one of those WORTHY movies) More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 22:34 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

God please tell me there are some in the Academy with sense who won't allow Cameron to walk away with anything other than a technical award (cause even they would go to the people who, y'know, CREATED the effects and not the one there shouting 'Bluer! I want them BLUER!!') And Up In The Air gave me the same feeling as Juno, very good movie but really, not THAT good. More

Posted by Rain Dog at 22:13 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

WTF - Matt Damon!!
You've got to kidding me. OK, so I dealt with the upper cut punch that the Academy dealt to The Dark Knight last year. A very popular film with critics and fans and a good film - but major nominations. So can someone please tell me why on god's earth Avatar has been nominated for best picture! Let's face fact - it wasn't that great. After an hour of big blue people it Avatar started looking like a scene from Lord of the Rings. The story was shoddy, just like Cameron's other Oscar winning film Ti More

Posted by Nefruaten at 22:01 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

ahem. An education.......really. needless to say all the brits voted for that. only reason its in. and what about young miss saoirse ronan. and the rest of the lovely bones cast and crew. Bar stanley tucci. once again the oscars screw up in some area or another. The Hurt Locker to win best picture and bigelow to win best director. the king of the world can kiss her ass. although he probably has already... More

Posted by komic book guy at 20:54 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

The Irish Arrive At The Oscars...
Great to see us Irish up for four oscar nominations in four different categories!!! 'The Secret of Kells' in the Best Animation Picture is a fantastic film made on a fraction of what the other films its up against. 'The Door' is in Short Film: Live Category about a family in Chernobyl. 'Granny Mac Grimm' is in the Short Film: Animated Category and Dubliner Richard Baneham is among the nominees for the Best Visual Effects Catergory for 'Avatar'.... Fly the flag folks and bring home glory!!!!! More

Posted by Greagoir at 20:30 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

The Irish Arrive At The Oscars...
Great to see us Irish up for four oscar nominations in four different categories!!! 'The Secret of Kells' in the Best Animation Picture is a fantastic film made on a fraction of what the other films its up against. 'The Door' is in Short Film: Live Category about a family in Chernobyl. 'Granny Mac Grimm' is in the Short Film: Animated Category and Dubliner Richard Baneham is among the nominees for the Best Visual Effects Catergory for 'Avatar'.... Fly the flag folks and bring home glory!!!!! More

Posted by Greagoir at 20:21 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Some big names got dropped =| The Moon, The Road, Lovely Bones, all to squeeze in Harry Potter? What the hell. I'm not Oscar. More

Posted by LouisBond at 20:20 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: The Oscar Nominations Are Announced!
Will people stop harking on about ]. It was a film designed to be a vehicle to showcase the (admittedly superb) acting talents of Sam Rockwell - Duncan Jones has been very honest about this. The directing is unremarkable and the story itself is so dependent onx machinahe experience is flat and unfulfilling... As a vehicle for Sam Rockwell it succeeded; he (along with Jones' clout) lifted the film from the straight-to-DVD shelf... I guess we all just want a 'cult' favourite to be incl More

Posted by tommypocket at 20:16 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: WTF?!?!?!!?
Am chuffed Maggie Gyllenhall has a nomination, it's always a bummer for us on this side of the pond who won't have been able to see all the films but I'm sure she's great in 'Crazy Heart'. I love Jeff Bridges in 'Fabulous Baker Boys' and he is a fantastically charismatic musician so would love to see him take the Best Actor trophy.   Phillp Seymour Hoffman in Schynedoche, New York should have been nominated for best actor, as should Dianne Wiest for supporting actress for the same More

Posted by Taizy at 20:13 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

WTF?!?!?!!?
Wheres Avil in Best Doc? or Best pic for that matter! More

Posted by reelbigmartin at 19:36 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

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Posted by reelbigmartin at 19:36 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Terrible Nominees
Wow. Only one nomination for The Lovely Bones and none for The Road!!!!. Are you f*&$ing serious!!? The Lovely Bones should've scored more in the technicals, specifically for cinematography. What the hell is so good about The White Ribbon and Harry Potter? And why isn't Saoirse Ronan up!!? That has to be one of the greatest snubs this year. The Road, where shall I began?: No best picture nominee? I guess The Blind Side is better (detect the sarcasm?) No best actor, best cinematography a More

Posted by Western23 at 19:29 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: The Oscar Nominations Are Announced!
L: Tech_Noir rmers 2t get a nomination for visual effects. I know people hate the film but give the effects guys a little credit. And I'll be rooting for Kathryn Bigelow of course. think Formers 2 falls into that "everyone hates it so we'll forget about it" category that something like the last 2 Matrix films fell into in regards to the FX - even though they're pretty flawless FX work or at least cutting edge. Avatar has it in the bag anyway. More

Posted by kenada_woo at 19:16 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: The Oscar Nominations Are Announced!
rmers 2t get a nomination for visual effects. I know people hate the film but give the effects guys a little credit. And I'll be rooting for Kathryn Bigelow of course. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 19:03 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Overall-pleased
Not bad really, im overall pleased with the noms and i know not every GOOD movie from last year can be nominated but films i wish had at least got a mention- The Road (500) Days Of Summer Adventureland Watchmen State Of Play Moon Away We Go Martyrs (although that may have been year before, but im still discussing now) More

Posted by lushagoonie at 18:50 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: same old,same old
So........that's the list of the BEST films of last year? ery surprised with District 9 in there and Im sure Blomkamp is aswell. If that's up for best film and writing then its wide open IMO...Zombieland or Star Trek should've been in with a shout. It'll be a win for commerce if Avatar wins the major awards as its basically candy floss for a mass audience. Great film as it is, it makes a change from the more serious award hungry movies that get churned out... Or is it just show More

Posted by kenada_woo at 18:34 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.- W.Clements Stone
Seriously? Not a single nomination for "Moon"? Its freaking awesome. More

Posted by ieuanmorgan at 18:30 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

same old,same old
You can almost predict the nominees. Great news about District 9 and In The Loop. Upset that Star Trek and Where The Wild Things Are are not up for best picture. I'm waiting for the day when a great actor knocks one out of the park in a blockbuster movie and Oscar cannot possibly ignore them. GO DOWNEY!!!! More

Posted by jw08062005 at 18:27 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

same old,same old
You can almost predict the nominees. Great news about District 9 and In The Loop. Upset that Star Trek and Where The Wild Things Are are not up for best picture. I'm waiting for the day when a great actor knocks one out of the park in a blockbuster movie and Oscar cannot possibly ignore them. GO DOWNEY!!!! More

Posted by jw08062005 at 18:26 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

same old,same old
You can almost predict the nominees. Great news about District 9 and In The Loop. Upset that Star Trek and Where The Wild Things Are are not up for best picture. I'm waiting for the day when a great actor knocks one out of the park in a blockbuster movie and Oscar cannot possibly ignore them. GO DOWNEY!!!! More

Posted by jw08062005 at 18:24 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

same old,same old
You can almost predict the nominees. Great news about District 9 and In The Loop. Upset that Star Trek and Where The Wild Things Are are not up for best picture. I'm waiting for the day when a great actor knocks one out of the park in a blockbuster movie and Oscar cannot possibly ignore them. GO DOWNEY!!!! More

Posted by jw08062005 at 18:22 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Let the Right one in is a 2008 movie, so that's probably why you idiot... Anyways, I too am happy District 9 got nominated, shame Sharlto Copley was not mentioned. Thought he was excellent, however I'm pleased that Renner is in there. Personally I would like to have seen Downey Junior in there for Holmes. I thought he was on top form and you get a sense he was thoroughly enjoying himself More

Posted by Dirtyfunkymonkey at 18:14 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

I'm happy with the nominations nothing surprised me apart from Matt Damon finally getting a nomination its been ages, in my opinion he should have got a nomination for The Departed and The Talented Mr Ripley. Will have to go see Invictus on Friday. I hope The Hurt Locker wins big. More

Posted by efc91 at 18:14 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
In The Loop for best adapted screenplay??? GET IN!!! More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 17:54 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

God please tell me there are some in the Academy with sense who won't allow Cameron to walk away with anything other than a technical award (cause even they would go to the people who, y'know, CREATED the effects and not the one there shouting 'Bluer! I want them BLUER!!') And Up In The Air gave me the same feeling as Juno, very good movie but really, not THAT good. More

Posted by Rain Dog at 17:50 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Best Film and Effects!
Avatar for best film? I really enjoyed it and all but seriously, where the hell is moon? That is by far one of my favourite films this year and not a single nomination. It deserves to be nominated for effects even though it would almost certainly lose out to avatar but still deserves a nomination. And definitely deserves to be in for best film instead of avatar. More

Posted by Hungry_Howie at 17:47 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

hmm
guess Oscar wasn't impressed with The Road. nice to see A Serious Man getting at least a couple of nods though. As for Let The Right One In, was that even up for contention? I mean it's a terrific film, but wasn't it out round about this time last year? Not sure when their cut-off point is... More

Posted by postgrape at 17:47 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

As entertaining as Avatar is, I really hope it doesn't win Best Picture because it was, quite simply, not the best picture of the year. The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air and Up had far fewer flaws. Also, Empire, lovely Empire, why oh why would you even consider Avatar as a possible-contender-for-Best Original Screenplay-that-just-missed-out? The dialogue and structure in that film were more wooden than the Home Tree itself... More

Posted by stewart4 at 17:43 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Where the wild things are!!!!!!!!!!!!!
my second comment but seriously Max Records (Max), Spike Jonze (Director) and the film itself are all great. More

Posted by Smokinator at 17:29 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

*************!!! The academy need a good kick up the ass "ooh look james cameron made a film, ets give him loads of nominations!" District 9 was so much butter than avaturd. Also Sam Rockwell for best actor!!! also, vascov r u a dumbass? new moon was crap More

Posted by Smokinator at 17:19 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Most of the nominations for Avatar I can understand but best film? This film was visually stunning but the epitome of unoriginal dialogue and plotting. If this is the best then I would hate to see what failed to make the grade. More

Posted by sanchia at 17:18 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Ummm....
WHERE THE HELL IS LET THE RIGHT ONE IN? HUH? jeez, the academy need a kick up the arse. More

Posted by HeyAllYouGuys at 17:04 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: What has happened to the Oscars?
Up is pretty much a lock for Animated, though it being nominated in both could split its vote and give Coraline a chance. Only other Oscar win I really want to see is Carey Mulligan. More

Posted by Plinglebob at 16:52 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM CORRECTION
In the section Foreign Language Film the correct movie title is "El secreto de sus ojos" ;) More

Posted by ashesx at 16:51 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

What has happened to the Oscars?
Do these awards mean anything anymore? Can we really be expected to care that much when we don't have an effect on the small committee that chooses who to award? Glaring ommissions: Moon, Watchmen...and who the hell is saying New Moon should get an Oscar nom instead of gold like Precious and Up? Maybe we shouldn't all vote for who gets an Oscar after all. More

Posted by hemibell at 16:44 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

effects
Avatar will win, but for my money district 9 were more impressive considering the budget and limitations. Invictus for best pic not because it's better but fact based historical drama? Hello academy! Mind you No Country won so maybe there is a sea of change coursing through hollywood. Empire has better awards ceremony though. More

Posted by swinehobbit at 16:37 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

I'm worried that Empire get a bit starstruck when discussing big films like Avatar etc. As a movie I quite enjoyed it but for Empire to seemingly show shock at its lack of an Original Screenplay nomination is astounding, mainly because the script, to put it kindly, sucked balls. It was hardly even original. The acting also was not Oscar calibre and although Saldana is solid in it I think (much like the Academy obviously) that she is not worthy of a nomination. The film was greatly flawed in many More

Posted by cca3 at 16:29 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

IN THE LOOP!!!!!
Everyone loves a bit of well-written F**cunt More

Posted by Schlisten at 16:06 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

hmm
No "the road" anywhere... that's odd. But I wanted charlie kaufman for script or film synecdoche, new york is very original and ver oscar worthy. Also district 9? Watchmen deserved that (serious but for the geeks)spot for sure. More

Posted by johnpond1989 at 16:01 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

IN THE LOOP!!!!!
Everyone loves a bit of well-written F**cunt More

Posted by Schlisten at 15:59 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

NEW MOON PLEASE
Precious. geez. give us all a big break!!! go Hurt Locker and QT. take them all! Clooney for bet actor! WAIT, what about New Moon? for godsake!!! not even a nomination! to go along with precious and blind side and that lame sh*t! btw..why on earth is UP in best film if its also in best animated feature? i guess thats why theres a animation category in the first place, right?? More

Posted by vascov at 15:58 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Moon and Empire's Predictions
I'm calling it now: Christopher Plummer wins a sympathy Oscar, even though Waltz deserves it. The academy has given the award to villains two years in a row (Chigurh, The Joker), so maybe they don't want to give awards just to bad guys anymore. I also bet that they aren't pleased that Landa, who is the coolest character in IB, is a nazi who's not just one-dimensional beast. It sucks if Waltz loses, but it's totally possible... More

Posted by eruptus at 15:57 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Up in the Best Picture?
I'm a bit surprised at this inclusion of Up in this particular category, mainly because the last time an animated feature was in this category, it led to the new category 'Best Animated Feature'. But fair credit, there are a lot of good films in the Best Picture list but hope Bigelow gets it and gets out of Cameron's shadow. Thrilled to see Tarantino back in the Oscar Nominations - crossing fingers that Christoph Waltz bags that trophy, as well as Tarantino for Best Original Screenplay. Distr More

Posted by GuitarGal_China at 15:56 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

NEW MOON PLEASE
Precious. geez. give us all a big break!!! go Hurt Locker and QT. take them all! Clooney for bet actor! WAIT, what about New Moon? for godsake!!! not even a nomination! to go along with precious and blind side and that lame sh*t! btw..why on earth is UP in best film if its also in best animated feature? i guess thats why theres a animation category in the first place, right?? More

Posted by vascov at 15:54 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Moon and Empire's Predictions
A SERIOUS miss out on the Moon front. For Sam Rockwell to not even get a nod angers and disappoints me. ALSO I seriously hope Empire Online (you guys) do a Oscar competition where we can see all of your votes and also put our own predictions in. Avatar will win. Sorry to those who refuse to admit it, but it's true. More

Posted by Boydcape at 15:51 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Moon!
They never get the acting nominations correct. Sam Rockwell deserves best actor by far; this is perhaps even a bigger travesty than Mickey Rourke not winning it last year. However I'm sure the more socially (and morally) relevant Empire awards will give Rockwell the gong. It needs to be televised, then eventually becoming more important than the BAFTAs. More

Posted by olixander at 15:38 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

For me this is the last ton of earth shovelled unto a coffin that had its last nail a long time ago. I have objections to: The Blind Side for Best Picture. In fact I think its an offence to human decency. Sandra Bullock for Best Actress - same as above. Nothing for 'Moon', or Sam Rockwell, or the Art Design. The art design itself is the biggest crime - with that small a budget, the film is a miracle. Viggo Mortenssen not nominated for his astounding performance in The Road - The Ro More

Posted by ThismonkeyhasRAGE at 15:31 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
I think it'll be Hurt Locker's night. After the ridiculously populist Golden Globes the Academy may want to separate itself.  More

Posted by hatebox at 15:31 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

poor wild things
seriously? no nominations for Where the Wild Things Are at all? thats just stupid. but i am very, very happy that A Serious Man got nominated for best picture. I would be so happy if it became the little film that could More

Posted by jkoopa at 15:30 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

I am so happy Up has been nominated for best picture. Also The morgan Freeman, Matt damon nominations are great as i thought they were entirely believable as there roles in invictus. Avatar, Up or District 9 foir best picture. James Cameron for best director. More

Posted by Blue Ryan at 15:25 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
Can win both Best Picture & Best Animated Feature? Fairly sure in previous years you had to pick which category you wanted to be nominated in. Everyone thought Wall-E was going to get a Best Picture nom, but Pixar went for the Animated one instead as it was a much better bet. More

Posted by BudBaxter at 15:22 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
I can't help but feel 10 Best Picture noninations cheapens the whole affair. I know they wanted to make amends for nominating The Reader over The Dark Knight last year but was this really the right way to do it? More

Posted by hatebox at 15:21 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

It would be so good to watch James Cameron get beaten to the Best Picture by an old man and a talking dog! More

Posted by Nicola Brierley at 15:15 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

It would be so good to watch James Cameron get beaten to the Best Picture by an old man and a talking dog! More

Posted by Nicola Brierley at 15:10 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: The Oscar Nominations Are Announced!
I might have known Avatar would be nominated. It's not that great a film. On technical ability it is outstanding because the special effects and cinematography were excellent. I've not seen it but The Hurt Locker should probably win, just to knock the sense of entitlement off Cameron's face. I'm surprised to see Tarantino in the Best Director category since Pulp Fiction. I hope Christoph Waltz bags the Oscar for best Supporting Actor. So it's between Jeff Bridges, Morgan Freeman a More

Posted by paul.mccluskey at 15:04 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

No Oscar nomination for Sam Rockwell for 'Moon'? WTF????? And no nod for Clint Mansell? Just goes to show the academy members truly do have their heads stuck up their arses. More

Posted by Twone77 at 14:58 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

I've got to completely agree with 'Nicola Brierley' - Up for best picture. Come on, u all knw u'd love to see it happen!! More

Posted by plum bob at 14:56 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Just a quick shout of...
....YAY! At last someone has recognised H Potter's really nice cinematography. Won't win, but still. More

Posted by Pipkin3 at 14:50 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Up in the air? and George Clooney? I know I'm in the minority but it really wasn't good enough to get noms like that. Clooney basically played himself which means that theoretically he should just get nominated every year for whatever film he is in. I'd be disappointed if it cleaned up. Nice to see some newbies in there though and i hope that Christoph Waltz bags it.. he was fantastic More

Posted by chris wootton at 14:48 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Shame there weren't a few more surprises
Some musings... ing for he Wild Things Are d Screenplay? Score? Visual Effects?)re never going to but...hrist? at the judges would allow it within 50 yards of the nominations but - incredible, ive ography? Score?)e all Helen Mirren has to do is show up in a film... she should get some cardboard cutouts done, spread her bets a bit more...rict 9 best film category - it's a good film, but not a great one. Same with ], although Sam Rockwell deserved a nod. Trek that great...I even ]?! It's meanin More

Posted by tommypocket at 14:41 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Shame there weren't a few more surprises
From Wikipedia... Despite being an internationally successful film, Right One Int submitted by Sweden for the Award for Best Foreign Language Filmetails surrounding the film's eligibility for the award resulted in some confusion.ink] Being released on 24 October 2008, the film would normally be eligible for submission for the ademy Awardser, the producers decided to release it on 24 September as a seven day limited run only in link]. This would be exactly enough to meet the criteria for More

Posted by tommypocket at 14:32 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Few Surprises
Seriously, Streep again? She could have been one of the 2 girls and 1 cup and got nominated. Would have been nice to see an acting nod for Sharlto Copley and a screenplay nod for Star Trek. And, while I want Mo'nique to win, it makes me chuckle to think of Anna Kendrick turning up to the Twilight set with her Oscar, Stewart, Patinson and Lautners eyes firing daggers at her More

Posted by ronburgundy? at 14:29 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

By the way...
Why is In the Loop adapted screenplay? Is it based on The Thick of It or something? More

Posted by britesparc at 14:29 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

Missed off Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress on the list!
Whoops! More

Posted by AquaDragon2K at 14:26 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

I am so so happy that The Hurt Locker got some love and some serious love at that. I am now hoping that Kathryn will stick it to them all because, quite simply, nothing comes close to the power that film had. Also, I am hoping that Up gets best film...:) More

Posted by Jenzy at 14:24 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

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