The Oscars: 82nd Academy Award Nominations [Updated]

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2010 oscar nominations The Oscars: 82nd Academy Award Nominations [Updated]

Tomorrow morning, Tuesday February 2nd, the official nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards will be announced live. The 2010 Oscar presentation will take place Sunday, March 7, 2010, hosted by none other than the comedic pair of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

Last year’s Academy Awards saw the lovable Hugh Jackman as host and the big categories of Best Picture and Best Director went to Slumdog Millionaire and Danny Boyle. Sean Penn took home another Best Actor award and Kate Winslet won Best Actress for The Reader.

This year we have some big competition with the biggest box office film of all time in Avatar making a run for the awards and its creator James Cameron making a big returning splash into Hollywood after his last showing being the the previous biggest film of all time and multiple Oscar winner in Titanic. James Cameron took home the Golden Globes for his sci-fi epic but with the Directors Guild of America giving credit to Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker this weekend, it’s now a possible favorite. We also can’t forget Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air starring everyone’s favorite George Clooney.

Keep in mind, this year’s structure of the awards in key categories will be slightly different. The big change of course comes with the attempt at increasing ratings and hype surrounding the major category of Best Picture where for the first time since the forties there will be not 5 nominees, but 10!

This is an obvious attempt to give more credit to the more popular box office hits rather than the smaller art-house and films and period pieces. Last year saw a bit of an uproar from many moviegoers over the snub of The Dark Knight and The Wrestler, not being nominated for key categories with those spots going to vastly less popular films like The Reader.

We can expect the five shoe-in nominations to be Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, Precious and Inglourious Basterds and the other five aren’t so clear cut. Up has a chance to get nominated for this and win best animated feature although in my opinion it doesn’t deserve to be in the Best Picture category. Wouldn’t it be cool to see District 9 in there?

UPDATE: Here are the Nominees for the 2010 Oscars:



The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds


Up In The Air


The Blind Side

District 9

An Education

A Serious Man


James Cameron Avatar

Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker

Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds

Lee Daniels Precious

Jason Reitman Up In The Air


Jeff Bridges Crazy Heart

George Clooney Up In The AIr

Colin Firth A Single Man

Morgan Freeman Invictus

Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker


Sandra Bullock The Blind Side

Helen Mirren The Last Station

Carey Mulligan An Education

Gabourey Sidibe Precious

Meryl Streep Julie & Julia


Matt Damon Invictus

Woody Harrelson The Messenger

Christopher Plummer The Last Station

Stanley Tucci The Lovely Bones

Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds


Penélope Cruz Nine

Vera Farmiga Up In The Air

Maggie Gyllenhaal Crazy Heart

Anna Kendrick Up In The Air

Mo’Nique Precious


The Hurt Locker (Mark Boal)

Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)

The Messenger (Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman)

A Serious Man (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)

Up (Bob Peterson, Pete Docter & Tom McCarthy)


District 9 (Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell)

An Education (Nick Hornby)

In the Loop (Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche)

Precious (Geoffrey Flecther)

Up In The Air (Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner)



Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Princess and the Frog

The Secret of Kells



Ajami (Israel)

El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Argentina)

The Milk of Sorrow (Peru)

Un Prophéte (France)

The White Ribbon (Germany)


Burma VJ

The Cove

Food, Inc.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Which Way Home

For the rest of the 2010 Oscar Nominees, go HERE.

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Now that you know the nominees – what do you think? How awesome is it to see District 9 receiving a Best Picture nod? And are you blind-sided that The Blind Side made the list? Sound off and let us know!

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  1. Im the complete opposite, I found my self bored with Avatar at times and also easily predicting what was coming next. I agree it was an amazing experience but i didnt find it always an amazing experience. When i saw Hurtlocker in theaters i was on the edge of my seat the entire time, my heart was racing, i was drawn into that movie more than Avatar drew me in.
    I also agree that the Road was shown no love and also moon :( The Blindside was a nice movie but not Oscar material.

  2. You made my point in your comment. '…an actor played Golemn (sp), his appearance in the movie is quite different from the actor.' An actor played Gollum. Are you going to tell me that Zoe Saldana played Nytiri or that she voiced her? I doubt they painted her blue and made her wear 6 foot lifts to get her to look like a Na'vi.

    “Avatar” is easily over 70% animation. That well exceeds any CGI I have seen in a sci-fi movie recently.

  3. Avatar is the FIRST film to EVER combine motion capture. By combine I mean capturing the actors' facial expressions and their movement, so what you see on screen all happened in real time on set. And if you really think that an actor is not needed for those roles then you must be from another time. You could never have a voice over and a computer-generated creature look as real and feel as real as a human being without motion-capturing an actor or actress like you have seen in Avatar where you can see the emotion that their expressions, movements, gestures, and eyes give off. If you can do that without using an actor, I'd like to see it.

  4. **I meant that Avatar was the first picture to ever combine motion-capure of the face and body AT THE SAME TIME. Previous films have had the facial portions captured at one time and the body portions (if at all) at another time.

  5. I think your missing the point of my argument. Magnus said that “Avatar” was NOT filmed the same as “The Polar Express” or “A Christmas Carol” which both used sensors to capture facial expressions of actors.

    I then replied that that must mean they didn't capture the actors at all, but merely used their voices and that makes it even more animated than before. Nothing was said definitively of how the movie was filmed.

    And please let me know what movie your watching in which you've seen a computer-generated creature feel as real as a human being. That's not possible… because its a computer-generated image and therefore not able to be felt.

    And does motion-capture technology really capture the eyes? This is a serious question… where do they put the electrodes for that?

  6. The Razzie thing was mostly a joke, but I do think that it would be hilarious if the same movie won an Academy Award for Best Picture and a Razzie Award for Worst Picture, and if any movie could pull that off, it's Avatar.

  7. Stop motion animation???? That was a joke right??

    Anyway, do you know how many movies now-a-days use completely CGI scenes? So if you want to consider Avatar an “animated” movie, where do you draw the line for whether a movie is considered animated or not? I think the difference is the fact that all of the main roles in Avatar was acted out by human actors, not “animated” by someone behind a computer. Like with Up, they just had some people doing the voices while all of the characters' movements were animated by computer animation specialists. While with Avatar it was all motion captured so all of it required the human actors to be present for more than just the voices.

  8. “You made my point in your comment. '…an actor played Golemn (sp), his appearance in the movie is quite different from the actor.' An actor played Gollum. Are you going to tell me that Zoe Saldana played Nytiri or that she voiced her?”

    Uuuuhhhh, you realize that Gollum and Nytiri were played by their actor counterparts in the exact same manner right??? Meaning both were motion captured and digitally put into the movie… No, Gollum was not the actor in body paint after getting shorter and losing weight… Did you really think that?? LOL

  9. Eh, you're probably right, but I know I enjoyed Up a whole lot more than I would have any of those other movies, but then again, I'm not one of those snobs in the academy, so my opinion doesn't count… :'(

  10. My last argument is based on the previously stated comment that “Avatar” was not filmed the same as “The Polar Express” and “A Christmas Carol.” Both of which used motion-capture animation. If “Avatar” was not filmed that way then my argument regarding the differences in Nytiri and Gollum is sound. I sound like a broken record.

    No. I don't think that Andy Serkis amazingly grew shorter and threatenly thin to play Gollum. But if people can't construct a reasonable argument against my theory of “Avatar” as an animated movie and just merely throw around ridiculous accusations like I think that “The Lord of the Rings” must be animated too, then I am simply going to manipulate their poorly constructed argument to better my own side.

    What I meant by Gollum being played and not voiced is that Andy Serkis was on set, in a blue screen suit, acting alongside Elijah Wood and Sean Astin. I haven't seen or heard anything saying that Zoe Saldana filmed her scenes the same way and not just as a voice in a booth reading a script with motion sensors on her face. That was the main point of that comment.

  11. No joke. When well over 70% of your movie takes place inside a computer (scenery, characters) than that should be considered an animated movie.

  12. Oh haha okay. That would be funny though.

  13. I understand your stance on the movie, I was asking about your reference to stop motion animation… You know what stop motion animation is right???

    Unless I'm REALLY missing it, there wasn't any stop motion animation in Avatar, or any movie made in the last 10 years not directed by Tim Burton, lol. Ok, I'm sure there were some, but those were intentional because they wanted that style, but most of the rest of the movies simply use CG…

  14. I just went back and reread the post you commented on… as opposed to the other arguments I was defending…. I meant to wrtie motion-capture, not stop-motion. I wasn't reading your comment clearly and extremely agitated at having to constantly repeat my defense. So I apologize if I was a bit short in my response. Your comments on the reference of stop-motion were completely justified.

    But we can agree that Tim Burton rocked the stop-motion animation, right? :)

    In regards to me, right now, I think that motion-capture technology is being used to make a more sophisticated, but still animated, movie. To me the actor gets lost, not in the character but in CGI-space, and then there's nothing for me watch and no one for me to relate to to truly get the experience.

  15. Ya that was a snub.

  16. I'm not. It has 82% on Rotten Tomatoes and movies above 70% are a rarity on that site.

    Oh and it sells itself to every demographic possible, heh.

    It won't win best pic.

  17. Best picture should go to a film that lives up to all aspects of the creative process. If the story, theme, underlying context is weak then… Why the hell should it still be nominated? And God help the academy if Avatar wins.

    Why is nobody else pissed that THE ROAD was not nominated for anything?

  18. It didn't live up to anyones standards. It was just a live action version of FernGully. I was so bored… Oh No, do you think the bad guys will win? “Get Some!” Grow up!

  19. I'm fully with you. I'm ultimately pissed off that the road isn't nominated for anything. it should be nominated for a minimum of the below:

    Best Picture
    Best Director
    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Best Actor – Viggo Mortensen
    Best Actor/Supporting Actor – Kodi Smit McPhee
    Best Supporting Actor – Robert Duvall
    Best Supporting Actress – Charlize Theron
    Best Original Score
    Best Cinematography
    Best Sound
    Best Sound Mixing
    Best Editing
    Best Visual Effects

  20. I doubt it, if they actually get together, they'll have to split up the next season, because that teasing back and forth is part of the reason why people keep tuning in episode after episode. Once it's “resolved” there will no longer be that mystery to draw them in, lol. I coulod be wrong, heck, they could be together now already, I know your comment was from a month ago and I haven't been keeping up with the show, lol. Sorry for the late reply, been quite busy…

  21. I doubt it, if they actually get together, they'll have to split up the next season, because that teasing back and forth is part of the reason why people keep tuning in episode after episode. Once it's “resolved” there will no longer be that mystery to draw them in, lol. I coulod be wrong, heck, they could be together now already, I know your comment was from a month ago and I haven't been keeping up with the show, lol. Sorry for the late reply, been quite busy…