82nd Academy Awards (for 2009): Nominations

by HELEN GEIB

Oscar season officially re-opened today with the announcement of the Academy Award nominations for films released (officially) in 2009. The nominations are the usual mix of the deserving, the less deserving, the suspect, and the that-movie-hasn’t-opened-where-I-live-yet. (To be fair, the proportion of “the suspect” might be unusually low this year.) Meanwhile, the people who pushed for the best picture category’s expansion from five nominees to 10 were rewarded with the nominations of surprise popular hits The Blind Side and District 9 plus this year’s Pixar film Up, a double best picture nominee with a second nom for animated feature.

Speaking of the animated feature category, it also expanded (from three back to five), decidedly a good thing considering the overall high quality of 2009’s slate of animated films. Finally, the Academy made me personally happy by nominating Un Prophete for best foreign film, thus significantly increasing my chances of seeing it in the theater.

The nominee list for the big 10 categories (a/k/a the combination of categories most talked about and categories which the Commentary Track staff predicts the winners of) follow after the break: picture; animated feature; directing; the 4 acting categories; the 2 screenplay categories; and foreign language film. Read the full list of nominees at Oscar.com’s nominations page. The awards broadcast is March 7; check back a week or so before the awards show for our predictions and “should win” picks. Follow the title links to read our reviews of the nominated films.

Picture
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9 (2d review)
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

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

Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart
George Clooney for Up in the Air
Colin Firth for A Single Man
Morgan Freeman for Invictus
Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker

Actor in a Supporting Role
Matt Damon for Invictus
Woody Harrelson for The Messenger
Christopher Plummer for The Last Station
Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz for The Inglourious Basterds

Actress in a Leading Role
Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side
Helen Mirren for The Last Station
Carey Mulligan for An Education
Gabourey Sidibe for Precious
Meryl Streep for Julie and Julia

Actress in a Supporting Role
Penelope Cruz for Nine
Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air
Mo’Nique for Precious

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

Foreign Language Film
Ajami
El Secreto de Sus Ojo
The Milk Sorrow
Un Prophet
The White Ribbon

Writing: Adapted Screenplay
Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell for District 9
Nick Hornby for An Education
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, and Tony Roche for In the Loop
Geoffrey Fletcher for Precious
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for Up in the Air

Writing: Original Screenplay
Mark Boal The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds
Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman for The Messenger
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for A Serious Man
Bob Peterson and Pete Docter for Up

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Possibly Related Posts: (Commentary Track generated)
81st Academy Awards (for 2008): Predictions and Winners
10 Best Picture Nominees?!

One response to “82nd Academy Awards (for 2009): Nominations

  1. the regular Tuesday DVD of the Week feature will return next week

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