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And the nominees are…

Biggest suprises: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Blind Side, An Education.

Best Picture

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The Blind Side

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District 9

An Education

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

Precious

A Serious Man

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Up in the Air

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Best Actor

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

George Clooney, Up in the Air

Colin Firth, A Single Man

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Morgan Freeman, Invictus

Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Helen Mirren, The Last Station

Carey Mulligan, An Education

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Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Supporting Actor

Matt Damon, Invictus

Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

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Supporting Actress

Penelope Cruz, Nine

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Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air

Maggie Gyllenhall, Crazy Heart

Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

Mo’Nique, Precious

9 Responses to “And the nominees are…”

  1. Nei Says:

    No (500) Days of Summer? Boo.

  2. YoungArtistAwds Says:

    Perhaps they should have made it 11 movies for Best Film. How could WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE be left out???

  3. JohnS Says:

    I know there was no chance but how could the Academy overlook Christian McKay for his tremendous performance as Orson Welles in “Me and Orson Welles?” Thrilled “A Serious Man” made the cut but sorry that (500)DAYS OF SUMMER and STAR TREK were omitted from Best Picture.

  4. richard Says:

    Maybe I should come with the Alternative Nominations, highlighting the five best overlooked films and performances in each category.

    RR

  5. YoungArtistAwds Says:

    If they had a category for BEST overall actor, combining supporting and best actor, I would give it to Christoph Waltz for Inglorious Bastards. I can’t remember the last time an actor impressed me as much as he did in his performance. That opening scene where he is questioning the old man will remain one of my all time favorite movie scenes. Brilliant dialogue and acting.

  6. Robbay Says:

    These nominations were a joke. The Oscars really prostituted themselves this time with the “10 nominees” bullshit. I’m not even gonna watch it this year

  7. Nelson Says:

    Christopher Waltz was terrible in Inglorious Bastards, and im sorry, but that movie sucked. Tarentino is HIGHLY over rated. To much small talk that means nothing, yet he acts like his words are poetry. Inglorious Bastards was a joke. Its Complicated, 500 Days of Summer, Bad Lieutenant, I Love You Man, Adventureland all should have been nominated over The Blind Side.

  8. Michael Says:

    “…Christoph Waltz for Inglorious Bastards. I can’t remember the last time an actor impressed me as much as he did in his performance. That opening scene where he is questioning the old man will remain one of my all time favorite movie scenes. Brilliant dialogue and acting…”

    Waltz was great but you have to give credit to Tarantino for the script and staging that scene. Sometimes Tarantino blows the dialog. His words need decent actors delivering them for everything to shine. When he uses Z-list and first timers like in Death Trap it is painful. Kurt Russell looked like Lawrence Olivier surrounded with mostly amateurs.

    Inglorious Basterds is full of great exchanges dialed in with precision and perfection. The chapter involving everyone in that basement tavern is one of many. There is one scene of Inglorious Basterds that fell flat.

    The exchange between Waltz and Pitt where Waltz is negotiating for his own cooperation should have been played straight. Tarantino tried to make that funny but it did not work. Had Waltz been the same way he had been through the film up to that point it would all have worked out better. They could have used the same script and said every word and nothing would have been necessary to change except the Waltz character’s delivery. Everything Pitt did would have been much more funny just like his comical Italian being played straight. The juxtaposition of the scary Waltz with Pitt’s goofy character throughout the rest of the film was delicious. But Tarantino changed the recipe for that one scene. That version should have been an outtake.

  9. Michael Says:

    …more accurately I should have said, “the juxtaposition of scary Nazis with Pitt’s goofy character throughout the rest of the film was delicious.”

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