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:

BEST PICTURE

Avatar

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

Precious

Up In The Air

Up

The Blind Side

District 9

An Education

A Serious Man

BEST DIRECTOR

James Cameron Avatar

Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker

Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds

Lee Daniels Precious

Jason Reitman Up In The Air

LEADING ACTOR

Jeff Bridges Crazy Heart

George Clooney Up In The AIr

Colin Firth A Single Man

Morgan Freeman Invictus

Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker

LEADING ACTRESS

Sandra Bullock The Blind Side

Helen Mirren The Last Station

Carey Mulligan An Education

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

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Penélope Cruz Nine

Vera Farmiga Up In The Air

Maggie Gyllenhaal Crazy Heart

Anna Kendrick Up In The Air

Mo’Nique Precious

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

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)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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)

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Coraline

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Princess and the Frog

The Secret of Kells

Up

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ajami (Israel)

El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Argentina)

The Milk of Sorrow (Peru)

Un Prophéte (France)

The White Ribbon (Germany)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

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.

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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