Academy Award Nominations Reactions 2010

I like talking about the Academy Awards and the nominations; I’ve got previous form. Therefore, I feel duty bound to share my quick thoughts on the matter.

(Some) Nominees for the 82nd annual Academy Awards

Best picture
Avatar The Blind Side District 9 An Education The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire A Serious Man Up Up in the Air

I still don’t see why they needed a list of ten films, but there you go. I’m happy to see District 9, but it would have been great if they’d included Star Trek (which is a better film than Avatar). I just hope they don’t pick Avatar …

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

Clooney is great in Up in the Air, but I don’t think he’ll get it because it’s Bridges to lose (apparently).

Best actress
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Very happy and very surprised to see Mulligan for An Education. She won’t win, but it’s still nice. This one seems hard to pick: Bullock (in the Julia Roberts vein: popular actress does good work in serious film) or Streep again … because. Also, it looks like Mirren gets on the list if she appears in a serious film, just because she has an Oscar now.

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

Why didn’t they just announce Christoph Waltz as the winner, to save time? Still, he was brilliant, so no complaints.

Best supporting actress
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

According to various more knowledgeable sources, Mo’Nique is the favourite to win but I don’t care because I don’t want to watch the film – the trailer depressed me enough; I’m not going to stick it out for the whole thing. Happy to see both actresses for Up in the Air.

Best director
James Cameron, Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

Please, please, please give it to Bigelow. NOT Cameron.

Best animated feature
Coraline
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Up

When are they going to change the name to Best Pixar film? Up for the win.

Best screenplay (original)
The Hurt Locker, written by Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds, written by Quentin Tarantino
The Messenger, written by Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman
A Serious Man, written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Up, screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter; story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

The screenplay awards are always tricky to predict; it can be a recognition for genuine quality, or it can be a compensation for the fact that the film won’t win any of the big awards. I can’t select on any of this; I just don’t want A Serious Man to win because I didn’t like it (heresy).

Best screenplay (adapted)
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: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
Up in the Air, screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

So chuffed to see In The Loop getting a nomination; it was a great film and glad to see it getting some recognition. I just don’t get why it’s in the ‘adapted’ category – it’s not adapted from anything else. Is it just because it started out as a television series? Also, is it the first time a movie from a television show has been nominated for an Academy award? Anyway, I can’t decide, but I’m happy for them (except for Precious; I haven’t seen it but I have seen the rest and thought they were very good).

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