Wednesday, February 3, 2010

2010 Oscar Nominations

The 2010 Oscar nominations came out yesterday. I'm pretty content with the nominees and at the same time not surprised. Out of all the nomination categories "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" rightfully led the pack. Both were nominated for Best Picture and Best Director among other things. This a coin toss and could go either way but I'm pulling for Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker". Bigelow is the fourth woman ever to be nominated for the Best Director category and may be the first one to win. Both of these films are very good, but there's more of an emotional journey with "The Hurt Locker". Yes, James Cameron's "Avatar" is a revolutionary movie with all the CGI, but at the same time I don't think the story is completely original. Like I said before, if you saw "Dances with Wolves" and/or "Pocahontas" it's the same concept. It’s in the hands of the Academy now. However, don’t be surprised if they pull a fast one. They love to screw over deserving people for their precious favorites. i.e Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980) losing to Robert Redford’s Ordinary People and Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler losing to Sean Penn in Milk (This one is still burning me up from last year! MICKEY WAS BRILLANT! Then again it goes to show the predictability of the Academy. If a person plays a gay or a mentally handicapped character they’re at least getting an Oscar nomination, if not the award.)

This year’s Best Picture category is very different from previous years. Instead of traditionally nominating five movies the Academy nominated ten. If you look at the caliber of movies this year it does make sense, but also will leave a lot of broken hearts. The other movies nominated were Up in the Air (very good, Jason Reitman was nominated for Best Director), Up (animated Disney movie that has no business being there), Inglorious Basterds (great movie, Tarantino was nominated for Best Director), An Education, Precious (Lee Daniel was nominated for Best Director), District 9 (very good and totally not expected), The Blind Side, and A Serious Man.

If you want to know the Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominees look below. As for the rest of those bullshit categories go to some other website.

Best Actor

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

Best Supporting Actor

Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones (more like the lovely piece of shit movie)
Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds (who probably will and hopefully win because he’s amazing in that film)

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side (Yea, the chick who did Speed 2: Cruise Control)
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe¸ Precious
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Best Supporting Actress

Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Anna Kedrick, Up in the Air
Mo’ (I don’t shave my legs) Nique*, Precious

*That is no joke. Mo’Nique does not shave her legs. I saw a picture of her in People…Google it. Hopefully she’ll shave them. The last thing she needs is to trip on that forest she has growing while walking up to the podium if she wins.

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