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82nd Academy Awards Nominations: ‘District 9′! Oh, And…’The Blind Side’!?
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82nd Oscars

For we the movie fanatics of the world, the Academy Awards are just as exciting as the Super Bowl. Many of us throw or attend Oscar parties, and even go so far as to print out that ballot and lock our picks into place.

Over the past few years, this and a lot of other awards shows have kind of lost their flare. It has become apparent that deciding nominees and voting for winners is not about who is the best and who is most deserving, but about what has the best side-story and what the popular names and titles are. This massive flaw is hard to swallow, and the appeal of the whole event is bordering on non-existent.

To help bring more appeal to the game, the folks behind the Academy Awards chose to make a few changes in the format of the show. The biggest of these alterations was of course changing the amount of Best Picture nominees from 5 to a whopping 10, which meant that all of the deserving but not-so-traditional contenders (The Dark Knight) could get their chance to be underdog heroes.

Continue reading on for more and to check out the full list of this year’s nominees!

With the announcement of today’s nominees, it was quickly apparent that some of the nominees were ones that absolutely would not have been there if not for the additional 5 spots. The question is: which are deserving and which are there for image?

To be specific, two titles nominated for Best Picture will stand right out. One is The Blind Side, and the other is District 9. Since the day that The Blind Side came out and there were blurbs on the TV spots saying that star Sandra Bullock was Oscar-worthy, I found it impossible to believe. Since then, she’s gone on to win multiple awards, including the Golden Globe before pulling down that impossible nomination today. Now with the movie getting dubbed one of the ten Best Pictures of the year, is this deserved, or is it part of the novelty? On the other hand, there stands District 9. The movie from director Neil Blomkamp and producer Peter Jackson has seen nothing but glowing praise since its release, but there’s no way it would have been honored with this nomination if there were only the 5 spots.

For me personally, I’ve expressed my disgust at the entire Bullock disgrace too many times and there’s no need to do it again. Let’s just say I’ll be pulling for an awards queen like Meryl Streep or Helen Mirren to take this one home just for integrity purposes. The thing that really has me steamed is the above-mentioned and Bullock-related Blind Side nomination. I’m not going to say that it’s a bad movie — CLEARLY it is solid little flick. But I will say this: when the hell did We Are Marshall and Remember the Titans become Oscar contenders?

I’m also having trouble figuring out why a movie like Watchmen, which is clearly better than a few of these nominees, didn’t get a single nomination. This is another problem with the Oscars: they tend to forget about movies that come out in the first half of the year, which is something that should be remedied. I wouldn’t expect Watchmen to win Best Picture, but the amazing amount of work that went into creating that world and adapting that classic is hard to ignore, even if you’re not a geek. I suppose there could be 30 Best Picture nominees and there would always be one or two people were angry about. That’s just one example, and the only thing I’m going to vent about.

One more interesting development to note is the nomination of Up as Best Animated Feature AND Best Picture. Many times has an animated film been talked about as a Best Picture-worthy accomplishment, but the only one to ever get nominated for Best Picture was Beauty and the Beast, which lead to the creation of the Best Animated Feature category. This will be the first time that one has been nominated for BOTH, and your guess is as good as mine when it comes to how it will play out. If you utilize deductive reasoning, it would seem pretty clear that Up will win Animated by embarrassing lengths, but not come close to Best Picture.

I’ll leave the rest of the pros and cons to you the readers. Here is the full list of nominees; share your thoughts in the comments!

Best Picture

* Avatar James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers

* The Blind Side Nominees to be determined

* District 9 Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers

* An Education Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers

* Up in the Air Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

* The Hurt Locker Nominees to be determined

* Inglourious Basterds Lawrence Bender, Producer

* A Serious Man Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers

* Up Jonas Rivera, Producer

* Precious Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers

Best Director

* James Cameron Avatar

* Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker

* Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds

* Lee Daniels Precious

* Jason Reitman Up in the Air

Actor in a Leading Role

* Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart

* George Clooney in Up in the Air

* Colin Firth in A Single Man

* Morgan Freeman in Invictus

* Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker

Actress in a Leading Role

* Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

* Helen Mirren in The Last Station

* Carey Mulligan in An Education

* Gabourey Sidibe in Precious

* Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia

Actor in a Supporting Role

* Matt Damon in Invictus

* Woody Harrelson in The Messenger

* Christopher Plummer in The Last Station

* Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones

* Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds

Actress in a Supporting Role

* Penélope Cruz in Nine

* Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air

* Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart

* Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air

* Mo’Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Best Original Screenplay

* The Hurt Locker Written by Mark Boal

* Inglourious Basterds Written by Quentin Tarantino

* The Messenger Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman

* A Serious Man Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

* Up Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Best Adapted Screenplay

* District 9 Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell

* An Education Screenplay by Nick Hornby

* In the Loop Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche

* Precious Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher

* Up in the Air Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Animated Feature Film

* 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

Art Direction

* Avatar Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair

* The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro, Caroline Smith

* Nine John Myhre, Gordon Sim

* Sherlock Holmes Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

* The Young Victoria Patrice Vermette, Maggie Gray

Cinematography

* 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

Costume Design

* Bright Star Janet Patterson

* Coco before Chanel Catherine Leterrier

* The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Monique Prudhomme

* Nine Colleen Atwood

* The Young Victoria Sandy Powell

Documentary (Feature)

* 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

Documentary (Short Subject)

* China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

* The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher

* The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert

* Music by Prudence Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett

* Rabbit à la Berlin Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Film Editing

* 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 Joe Klotz

Foreign Language Film

* Ajami Israel

* El Secreto de Sus Ojos Argentina

* The Milk of Sorrow Peru

* Un Prophète France

* The White Ribbon Germany

Makeup

* 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

Music (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

Music (Original Song)

* “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” from Crazy Heart Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Short Film (Animated)

* French Roast Fabrice O. Joubert

* Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell

* The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte) Javier Recio Gracia

* Logorama Nicolas Schmerkin

* A Matter of Loaf and Death Nick Park

Short Film (Live Action)

* The Door Juanita Wilson and James Flynn

* Instead of Abracadabra Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström

* Kavi Gregg Helvey

* Miracle Fish Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey

* The New Tenants Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Sound Editing

* 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

Sound Mixing

* 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

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

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