No exciting upsets that I immediately noticed. While I didn't hold out much hope for Abbie Cornish, I did think there was a good chance of Christian McKay getting a supporting actor nod. C'est la vie.
I'm thrilled that District 9 made it into the top 10, and disappointed by the Blind Side (how's that Razzie nomination, Sandra??)
The Blind Side
The Hurt Locker
A Serious Man
Up in the Air
Well, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds and A Serious Man all deserve to be on there. And without 10 nominees, I doubt they would have all gotten a chance. However, I don't think the nods will help box office at this point.
James Cameron -- Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow -- The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino -- Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels -- Precious
Jason Reitman -- Up in the Air
Predictable, but mostly a good group. Kathryn!!!
Hurrah for Jeremy Renner and Colin Firth! And I'm glad Invictus got a little love somewhere. However, I'm fairly certain this is Jeff Bridges' to lose. Besides, Sam Rockwell gave the best performance of the year, so it doesn't really matter who wins this.
Ugh. Ugh Ugh. Just because Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep are grande dames, DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO NOMINATE THEM.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Again, happy for Matt Damon, crushed for Christian McKay.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Huh - I haven't heard great things about Maggie's performance, but I like her as an actress, so I'm glad she's got her first academy award nom.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Marc Boal -- The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino -- Inglourious Basterds
Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman -- The Messenger
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen -- A Serious Man
Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy -- Up
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell -- District 9
Nick Hornby -- An Education
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche -- In the Loop
Geoffrey Fletcher -- Precious
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner -- Up in the Air
Hurrah for In the Loop!! Bright Star should be included, but then again, it should have been placed in Original, so....
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Coraline -- Henry Selick
Fantastic Mr Fox -- Wes Anderson
The Princess and the Frog -- John Musker and Ron Clements
The Secret of Kells -- Tomm Moore
Up -- Pete Docter
Yay for The Secret of Kells! I'm so excited that something almost totally unknown got a mention.
BEST ART DIRECTION
Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
Nine: Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
Sherlock Holmes: Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
The Young Victoria: Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray
Avatar: Mauro Fiore
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Bruno Delbonnel
The Hurt Locker: Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds: Robert Richardson
The White Ribbon: Christian Berger
This is shocking - no Roger Deakins for A Serious Man? You mean, people don't have to be nominated just because they've been nominated before? Also - Avatar? Really? Does that count?
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Bright Star -- Janet Patterson
Coco before Chanel -- Catherine Leterrier
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus -- Monique Prudhomme
Nine - Colleen Atwood
The Young Victoria
Well thank god Bright Star wasn't a complete shutout. Harrumph.
- "Burma VJ" Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
- "The Cove" Nominees to be determined
- "Food, Inc." Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
- "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers" Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
- "Which Way Home" Rebecca Cammisa
Yay Food, Inc. and the Cove!
- "Avatar" Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
- "District 9" Julian Clarke
- "The Hurt Locker" Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
- "Inglourious Basterds" Sally Menke
- "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" Joe Klotz
BEST FOREIGN FILM
- "Ajami" Israel
- "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" Argentina
- "The Milk of Sorrow" Peru
- "Un Prophète" France
- "The White Ribbon" Germany
- "Il Divo" Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
- "Star Trek" Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
- "The Young Victoria" Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore
Could there be 3 more different nominees?
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
- "Avatar" James Horner
- "Fantastic Mr. Fox" Alexandre Desplat
- "The Hurt Locker" Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
- "Sherlock Holmes" Hans Zimmer
- "Up" Michael Giacchino
- "Almost There" from "The Princess and the Frog" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
- "Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
- "Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36" Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
- "Take It All" from "Nine" Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
- "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart" Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
- "Avatar" Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
- "The Hurt Locker" Paul N.J. Ottosson
- "Inglourious Basterds" Wylie Stateman
- "Star Trek" Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
- "Up" Michael Silvers and Tom Myers
BEST SOUND EFFECTS EDITING
- "Avatar" Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
- "The Hurt Locker" Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
- "Inglourious Basterds" Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
- "Star Trek" Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
- "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
- "Avatar" Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
- "District 9" Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
- "Star Trek" Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton