Hurt Locker,’ ‘Avatar,’ ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Lead Oscar Nominations

by 8 years ago

[inline:oscar]The Oscar nominations were just announced and, as predicted, it’s shaping up to be a huge showdown between “The Hurt Locker” (9 total nominations), “Avatar” (9 total), “Inglorious Basterds” (8 total), “Up in the Air,” and “Precious.” Rounding out the top 10 Best Picture nominees are “An Education,” “Up,” “District 9,” “The Blind Side,” and “A Serious Man.” How’d we do in our predictions from yesterday? We hit 44 out of 55, and while our enthusiasm for “The Hangover” wasn’t matched by the Academy, we’re happy to see some of our misses get rewarded, although disappointed by a few others.

Best Picture:

  • “The Hurt Locker”
  • “Avatar”
  • “Up in the Air”
  • “Precious”
  • “Inglourious Basterds”
  • “An Education”
  • “District 9”
  • “A Serious Man”
  • “The Blind Side”
  • “Up”

    How’d we do? We were wrong about “Crazy Heart” and “The Hangover” but had “A Serious Man” and “Up” as two of our four alternates. It’s a very strong category this year, strong enough to keep the 10 nomination experiment going into the future.

    Best Actor:

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

      How’d we do? Nailed it.

      Best Actress:

    • Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
    • Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
    • Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
    • Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”
    • Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”

      How’d we do? Gabourey Sidibe was a big miss on our part. Should have seen that one coming.

      Best Supporting Actor:

    • Christoph Waltz, “Inglorious Basterds”
    • Matt Damon, “Invictus”
    • Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
    • Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
    • Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”

      How’d we do? Another “Hangover” snub with Zach Galifianakis being left out. We’re not big fans of “Invictus,” which is probably why we skipped over Damon.

      Best Supporting Actress:

    • Mo’Nique, “Precious”
    • Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
    • Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
    • Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart”
    • Penelope Cruz, “Nine”

      How’d we do? Maggie Gyllenhaal slipped in there over Julianne Moore.

      Best Director:

    • Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
    • James Cameron, “Avatar”
    • Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
    • Lee Daniels, “Precious”
    • Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”

      How’d we do? 5 for 5.

      Best Original Screenplay:

    • Quentin Tarantino “Inglourious Basterds”
    • Mark Boal, “The Hurt Locker”
    • Allesandro Camon and Oren Moverman, “The Messenger”
    • Ethan and Joel Coen, “A Serious Man”
    • Bob Peterson and Pete Docter, “Up”

      How’d we do? 3 out of 5, sort of. We mistakenly thought that “District 9” was an original screenplay. In fact, it was an adapted one and got nominated in that category. At first, we were surprised by all the love for “Up,” but it seems like Hollywood has been waiting and waiting to shower Pixar with a ton of nominations and this was the year. Also, we now need to add “The Messenger” to our must-see list. Anyone seen it?

      Best Adapted Screenplay:

    • Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
    • Geoffrey Fletcher, “Precious”
    • Nick Hornby, “An Education”
    • Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, “District 9”
    • Jesse Armstrong, et al, “In the Loop”

      How’d we do? 4 out of 5, sort of. Again, we had “District 9” in the wrong category. Also, we should have listened to our own Bro Critic on “In the Loop,” who raved about it over the summer.

      Best Cinematography

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

      How’d we do? 3 out of 5. Never even thought about Harry Potter. Those movies are cool as always. “The White Ribbon,” by the way, is the shoe-in for Best Foreign Language film. This might be one we need to see, even with the subtitles.

      Best Animated Film:

    • “Up”
    • “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
    • “Princess and the Frog”
    • “The Secret of Kells”
    • “Coraline”

      How’d we do? We’d never even heard of “The Secret of Kells.” Maybe we were nostalgic for one of our favorite books as a kid, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”

      We’ll update this later with the full nominations list and film totals soon… “

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