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And the nominees will be …

When it comes to announcing the Oscar nominees, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences continues to cling to is Old World ways. They race through the lists at 5:30 a.m. PST, in order to get live coverage on the morning talk shows.

That’s just stupid.

As I’ve suggested before, the Academy should turn the nomination announcements into a one-hour special, to air on E! or some other cable channel. Build up excitement by showing clips and interviewing possible nominees. Have some cameras on set or in the homes of some contenders, to catch their reactions. If they can do it with the Heisman Trophy every year, why not the Oscars?

In any case, I just took Doc Brown’s DeLorean out for a spin to next Tuesday, and I’m back with the nominees in the major categories. Ready?

BEST PICTURE:

Avatar

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An Education

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

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Invictus

Precious

A Serious Man

Star Trek

Up

Up in the Air

Just missing: The Hangover, The Messenger, It’s Complicated, District 9

BEST ACTOR

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

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George Clooney, Up in the Air

Colin Firth, A Single Man

Morgan Freeman, Invictus

Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Runner-up: Viggo Mortensen, The Road

BEST ACTRESS

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

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Helen Mirren, The Last Station

Carey Mulligan, An Education

Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Just missing: Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Matt Damon, Invictus

Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

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Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Close but no cigar: Alfred Molina, An Education; Stanley Tucci, Julie & Julia

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air

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Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

Mo’Nique, Precious

Julianne Moore, A Single Man

Penelope Cruz, Nine

Just missing: Samantha Morton, The Messenger; Diane Kruger, Inglourious Basterds

This seems like an incredibly predictable year, even if you don’t have a time-traveling DeLorean. Bridges, Bullock, Mo’Nique and Waltz are the odds-on favorites in the acting categories. The tightest race is for Best Picture, with Avatar and The Hurt Locker just ahead of Up in the Air.

As for the nominees: if I don’t get at least 27 or 28 out of 30 correct, I’ll be thrilled, because that means there are going to be some big surprises next Tuesday.

 
 
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