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    'Avatar,' 'Hurt Locker' lead in Oscar nods

    'Avatar,' 'Hurt Locker' lead in Oscar nods

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movi...ex.html?hpt=C1

    (CNN) -- The biggest box-office hit of all time and a small independent film that grossed about $16 million led all comers when the nominations for the 82nd annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning.

    The head-to-head competition between "Avatar," the gigantic hit about the collision of two civilizations, and "The Hurt Locker," a gritty film about a bomb disposal unit in Iraq, takes on additional drama since the directors of those two films -- James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow, respectively -- were once married to each other.

    The two films each earned nine nominations. Quentin Tarantino's World War II drama "Inglourious Basterds" followed with eight.

    Ten films total received best picture nominations, including Cameron's "Avatar," Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker," Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," American sports movie "The Blind Side," sci-fi thriller "District 9," British coming-of-age film "An Education," dark comedy "A Serious Man," film festival favorite "Precious," Disney-Pixar animated comedy "Up" and George Clooney's "Up in the Air.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doubled the number of movies nominated for the best picture this year to 10, a move perhaps aimed at bolstering sagging ratings for the Academy Awards broadcast.

    It is a return to the way the Oscars were awarded in its early decades when as many as 12 movies were considered in the field of finalists, academy President Sid Ganis said when he announced the change last June.

    A best picture nomination often serves as a marketing boost for films, driving DVD sales for those films no longer in theaters.

    Acting award nominations closely followed the lead of the Screen Actors Guild awards and the Golden Globes, handed out in January.

    Best actor nominations went to Jeff Bridges for "Crazy Heart," George Clooney for "Up in the Air," Colin Firth for "A Single Man," Morgan Freeman for "Invictus" and Jeremy Renner for "The Hurt Locker."

    The best actress Oscar nominations include Sandra Bullock for "The Blind Side," Helen Mirren for "The Last Station," Carey Mulligan for "An Education," Gabourey Sidibe for "Precious" and Meryl Streep for "Julie & Julia."

    The nomination for Streep was her 16th -- extending her own record. Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson both have 12.

    Among the surprises: "District 9," a low-budget film about the tense relationship between humans and extraterrestrials in South Africa, earned nominations for best picture and best adapted screenplay; and Penelope Cruz earned a best supporting actress nomination for "Nine," a film that, after a big push, earned disappointing reviews and box office.

    The 82nd Academy Awards show is set for March 7 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

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    Best picture

    "Avatar"
    "The Hurt Locker"
    "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
    "Up in the Air"
    "Inglourious Basterds"
    "Up"
    "The Blind Side"
    "District 9"
    "An Education"
    "A Serious Man"


    Actor

    George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
    Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
    Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
    Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
    Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"


    Actress

    Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"
    Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"
    Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
    Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"
    Carey Mulligan, "An Education"


    Supporting actor

    Matt Damon, "Invictus"
    Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
    Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"
    Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"
    Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"


    Supporting actress

    Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air"
    Mo'Nique, "Precious"
    Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
    Penelope Cruz, "Nine"
    Maggie Gyllenhaal, "Crazy Heart"


    Director

    Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"
    Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
    James Cameron, "Avatar"
    Lee Daniels, "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
    Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air"


    Animated feature

    "Up"
    "Coraline"
    "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
    "The Princess and the Frog"
    "The Secret of Kells"


    Original screenplay

    "The Hurt Locker"
    "Inglourious Basterds"
    "The Messenger"
    "A Serious Man"
    "Up"


    Adapted screenplay

    "District 9"
    "An Education"
    "In the Loop"
    "Precious"
    "Up in the Air"


    Best foreign-language film

    "Ajami"
    "El Secreto de Sus Ojos"
    "The Milk of Sorrow"
    "Un Prophète"
    "The White Ribbon"


    Best film editing

    "Avatar"
    "District 9"
    "The Hurt Locker"
    "Inglourious Basterds"
    "Precious"


    Art direction

    "Avatar
    "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
    "Nine"
    "Sherlock Holmes"
    "The Young Victoria"


    Cinematography

    "Avatar"
    "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
    "The Hurt Locker"
    "Inglourious Basterds"
    "The White Ribbon"


    Costume design

    "Bright Star"
    "Coco Before Chanel"
    "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
    "Nine"
    "The Young Victoria"


    Best documentary feature

    "Burma VJ"
    "The Cove"
    "Food, Inc."
    "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"
    "Which Way Home"


    Documentary short

    "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province"
    "The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner"
    "The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant"
    "Music by Prudence"
    "Rabbit à la Berlin"


    Makeup

    "Il Divio"
    "Star Trek"
    "The Young Victoria"


    Music (original score)

    "Avatar"
    "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
    "The Hurt Locker"
    "Sherlock Holmes"
    "Up"


    Music (original song)

    "Almost There" from "The Princess and the Frog"
    "Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog"
    "Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36"
    "Take it All" from "Nine"
    "The Weary Kind (Theme from "Crazy Heart") from "Crazy Heart"


    Short film, animated

    "French Toast"
    "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty"
    "The Lady and the Reaper"
    "Logorama"
    "A Matter of Loaf and Death"


    Short film, live action

    "The Door"
    "Instead of Abracadabra"
    "Kavi"
    "Miracle Fish"
    "The New Tenants"


    Sound editing
    "Avatar"
    "The Hurt Locker"
    "Inglourious Basterds"
    "Star Trek"
    "Up"


    Sound mixing

    "Avatar"
    "The Hurt Locker"
    "Inglourious Basterds"
    "Star Trek"
    "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"


    Visual effects

    "Avatar"
    "District 9"
    "Star Trek"

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    I love Sandra Bullock, but I just don't think her performance in "The Blind Side' is worth an Oscar. She was good, probably better in that than in anything I'd seen her in-- but is she getting nominated because she was fantastic or because it was better than anything she'd done by comparison?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt S View Post
    I love Sandra Bullock, but I just don't think her performance in "The Blind Side' is worth an Oscar. She was good, probably better in that than in anything I'd seen her in-- but is she getting nominated because she was fantastic or because it was better than anything she'd done by comparison?
    Yeah, the latter for sure. It was a great performance for her, but the Oscars should reward excellence rather than be some sort of encouragement prize.

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    The Oscar movies this year are kind of a let down. Last year there were so many amazing movies, and this year everything nominated just seems so.... uninteresting.

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    I'm hopeful Avatar and Anna (for Up in the Air) win.


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    To be honest, if Sandra wins I'll be extremely happy. I've always really enjoyed her on screen - and she always seemed content to do run-of-the-mill romantic comedies and she was always great in them. She's been working for 20 years and she's just had the most successful year of that career - she deserves all the stuff she's getting. She was unrecognizable in the Blind Side (a movie which, frankly, I thought was going to be total cheese) and besides - the Oscars have a habit of rewarding someone for a career rather than a single role. It's between Sandra and Meryl for me, and I think we all know that Meryl will be nominated again next year for whatever movie she is phenomenal in and Sandra might not be nominated ever again - it's her time.

    Also really happy about nominations for Colin Firth (He is devastating in A Single Man) and that UP was nominated for Best Picture in addition to Best Animated Feature.

    I did read an interesting article about how the Academy kind of backfired with their own plan - they wanted to nominate 10 films to be able to showcase more box office hits that maybe wouldn't be nominated otherwise, but instead filled the extra spots with An Education and A Serious Man, movies that drew less than $10 million at the box office. I did think that was interesting, considering that if they'd kept the nominee list to 5, Avatar, the highest grossing film ever, would still have been nominated.

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    Sandra Bullock is not the greatest actress, but she is GREAT and I am really happy for her. I think she'll walk away with this award and, yeah, there are better actresses, but I love her so much, haha.

    I'm excited for this year's awards!

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