Friday, February 5, 2010

Dream Oscar Nominations

I just realized these were posted on facebook, but never cross-posted here. Since the actual nominations are finally out, the ones that actually made it are in bold.

Best Picture
Hurt Locker
Bright Star
District 9
Inglorious Basterds
Fantastic Mr. Fox
A Serious Man
In the Loop

Best Actress
Abbie Cornish (Bright Star)
Rachel Weisz (Brothers Bloom)
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds)
Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer)
Michelle Monaghan (Trucker)
Ellen Page (Whip It)

What? Dream noms. I can pick more than 5.

Best Actor
Sam Rockwell (Moon)
Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
Ben Whishaw (Bright Star)
Brian Cox (The Escapist)
Michael Sheen (The Damned United)
Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man)
Colin Firth (A Single Man)

Best Supporting Actress
Rinko Kikuchi (The Brothers Bloom)
Rosamund Pike (An Education)
Olivia Williams (An Education)
Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds)
Julianne Moore (A Single Man)
Natalie Portman (Brothers)
Marion Cotillard (Public Enemies)

Best Supporting Actor
Christian McKay (Me and Orson Welles)
Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds)
Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen)
Peter Capaldi (In the Loop)
Timothy Spall (The Damned United)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Brothers)
Alfred Molina (An Education) (I'm actually a little shocked he wasn't in)
Michael Emerson (LOST). Because he should win everything forever.

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Lone Scherfig (An Education)
Jane Campion (Bright Star)
Neill Blomkamp (District 9)
Lee Daniels (Precious)
Tom Ford (A Single Man)

And if we had to let in one straight, white, American male:
Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)

Best Cinematography
A Serious Man
The Hurt Locker
Bright Star
Inglorious Basterds
The White Ribbon
Public Enemies

Best Animated
Fantastic Mr. Fox
A Town Called Panic
The Secret of Kells
Mary and Max

Yeah, that’s right. No Up. [I'd like to point out that I dream-predicted the biggest upset of the nominations!]

Best Original Screenplay
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker)
Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds)
The Coens (A Serious Man)
Scott Neustadter & Michael Weber (500 Days of Summer) [Seriously? SERIOUSLY OSCAR?]

Best Adapted Screenplay
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell (District 9)
Jane Campion (Bright Star – although this should SO be considered original)
Tom Ford (A Single Man)
Nick Hornby (An Education)
Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox)
Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are)

(If I could pick just two, I'd hand deliver screeners for Abbie Cornish and Sam Rockwell. And I'm pretending Christian McKay could still be a surprise nom come February)

I accidentally left off In The Loop for screenplay - I think because it had been considered original for some and adapted for others, but I'm THRILLED it is nominated and really rooting for it. I also didn't do a category for makeup, but I didn't think I'd have to mention the District 9 effects. Maybe the academy voters also assumed someone else would vote for it?

Sadly, neither Christian McKay nor Melanie Laurent made it in, when I hoped they both had a good chance. And neither Sam nor Abbie pulled off a thrilling upset. C'est la vie. I did read this good news (via Notes on a Season at the LA Times);

"Another Fox label, Searchlight, has already jumped into next year's Oscar race by announcing Wednesday their acquisition of a new true life drama, "Betty Anne Waters" with Hillary Swank and Sam Rockwell in the story of a woman who became a lawyer to find a way to free her wrongly imprisoned brother. Bloggers, Nikki Finke among them, are speculating as to why Searchlight would jump back into business with Swank on the heels of the disappointing box office and critical reception for "Amelia" which proved to be an Oscar non-starter. Could it be because this is a crackerjack drama and remarkable story, a grittier "Blind Side" which features a great performance by Swank, back in her comfort zone and a brilliant one by Sam Rockwell that could make him as inevitable a supporting actor contender next year as Christoph Waltz is this season? The answer is, yes it could. Searchlight is as shrewd as they get. They plan a fall 2010 release with award recognition the driving force. They will get it."

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