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The 2010 Academy Awards Nominations The 2010 Academy Awards Nominations
by Asa Butcher
2010-02-04 09:57:51
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As a long-time fan of the Academy Awards and having seen a fair few films in the cinema over the past year, it was with some excitement I perused the newly extended list of ten nominees for Best Picture and the other five dozen categories! Naturally there are a number that have yet to be distributed here in Finland, but I can at least lay claim to having seen five of the ten Best Picture nominees (Avatar, District 9, The Hurt Locker, Up and Up in the Air) and plan to see the remainder as soon as possible (The Blind Side, An Education, Inglourious Basterds, Precious and A Serious Man).

Out of that ten, James Cameron's Avatar and Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker have picked up the most nominations with nine apiece, yet the categories that Cameron's Cyan-fiction film has picked up almost mirror that of Titanic in respect to being mainly of the technical variety. The film, as I wrote in an earlier review, is a visual feast, especially in 3D, but did sorely lack in the original storytelling department. However, The Hurt Locker can boast of nominations in Best Actor for Jeremy Renner and Best Original Screenplay for Mark Boal, both of which are hugely deserved.

Avatar will certainly bring home a number of worthy statuettes for its advancing the cinematic medium, but I truly hope that the Academy awards the first Best Director statue to a female director and does more than just tip its hat to the performance of Renner in The Hurt Locker - should I really describe it as "explosive"? Earlier this week I watched Jason Reitman's Up in the Air and am happy that its stars George Clooney, Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga all appear in the acting categories, although I think only Kendrick could walk away with an award.

Returning to the other Best Picture nominees that I have seen, District 9's appearance is a beautiful counterweight to everything Avatar did proving that you don't need a multi-million effects budget to create a superb science-fiction film or even a recognisable cast. It is also superb to see animation back in the Best Picture category for the first time since Disney's Beauty and the Beast in 1992, with Disney-Pixar's Up, a film that brought tears to most audience's eyes within the first ten-minutes - for animation to evoke such strong emotions never fails to impress this cinema-goer.

Looking through the other categories I was pleased to see Sandra Bullock nominated for Best Actress for The Blind Side because she has certainly had a career packed full of ups-and-downs and the same goes for Woody Harrelson who has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor. I truly hope that Pixar win yet again for their triumphant Up and the same hope for yet another Oscar goes to Nick Park and his nomination for Best Animated Short Film, A Matter of Loaf and Death. The Trekker in me hopes that J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot wins at least one of its four nominations, preferably Best Visual Effects to really upset Avatar - it ain't gonna happen though!

The Academy Awards still have the ability to annoy and anger many people with their choices, but they also have the ability to shine a light on some of the lesser known productions, such as the documentaries, the animated shorts, the foreign films and the live action shorts, which would otherwise slip past us unknown, overshadowed by the blue-hemoth that is Avatar. Take some time to look through the full list of nominees and try to see as many as you can, especially the titles that look quite strange because those are the hidden gems cinema was made for.

My predictions (if you care!):

BEST PICTURE: The Hurt Locker

BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)

BEST ACTOR: Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)

ACTRESS: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Woody Harrelson (The Messenger)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Un Prophete - A Prophet (France)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker)

BEST ANIMATION: Up

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell (District 9)

BEST ART DIRECTION: Avatar

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Avatar

BEST SOUND MIXING: Avatar

BEST SOUND EDITING: Avatar

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: Almost There from The Princess and the Frog by Randy Newman

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Avatar (James Horner)

BEST COSTUMES: Coco Before Chanel

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: The Cove

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Music by Prudence

BEST FILM EDITING: Avatar

BEST MAKE-UP: Star Trek

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: A Matter of Loaf and Death

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM: The Door


    
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Doug2010-02-04 13:56:32
Cyan-fiction - I like it!


Old School2010-02-05 02:07:30
Why are young men allowed to
perform on television with their pants hanging and showing their undergarments ?
it should be against the law.
if there is no belt they
should not perform( period )


Asa2010-02-05 09:00:57
Okay.


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