Oscars Nominations 2010 or There will be No Summer

2 February 2010

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow but the Oscars say summer won’t be happening this year.

Earlier today the annual Oscar nominations were announced and while the usual suspects were there, read on, the biggest snub appeared to be the wonderful “(500) Days of Summer.” The funny thing is that this year the best picture nominations were increased to 10. Here’s the controversy, the animated film “Up” was also nominated to Best Animated Feature. Thus taking Summer’s place. The reason the best Animated Feature category was added was so that it wouldn’t have to compete with the Best Feature. Too often a great animated film was ignored for best feature. Shame on Oscar voters. It probably goes back to the reason comedies are never nominated.

Below are the big nominations:

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 Animated Feature

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

Best Foreign Language Film

Ajami – Israel
El Secreto de Sus Ojos – Argentina
The Milk of Sorrow
Un Prophete
The White Ribbon – Germany

Best Adapted Screenplay

District 9
An Education
In the Loop
Precious
Up in the Air

Best Original Screenplay

The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Messenger
A Serious Man
Up

Best Director

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

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

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

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 Supporting Actress

Penelope Cruz – Nine
Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Mo’Nique – Precious

It is never too early to start handicapping. Here are my early picks:

Best Picture – is between “Avatar,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Inglourious Basterds” and “Up in the Air.”

Best Animated Feature – “Up” in a cakewalk.

Best Foreign Language Film – Probably “The White Ribbon”

Best Adapted Screenplay – “Up in the Air”

Best Original Screenplay – This could be a horse race between “The Hurt Locker,” and “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Director – As the big prize goes, so goes the Best Director. This race is wide open with Bigelow as the early favorite.

Best Actor – If it’s a race it’s between Bridges and Firth. Renner is a dark horse at best.

Best Actress – Thanks to publicity it’s Bullock, Who will also win a Razzie for worst actress in “All About Steve.” Gaby Sidibe still has an outside chance.

Best Supporting Actor – The one sure thing this year is Waltz.

Best Supporting Actress – The other sure thing is Mo’Nique.

The Oscar telecast is Sunday, March 7, 2010 on ABC. It gives you a month to get your answer ready for the eternal question: “Who are you wearing?”

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