Up In The Air Leads Initial Oscar Nominations

February 2, 2010 by  
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oscarsWe’ve been waiting by the live feed for ages, but the Oscar Nominations for the main categories have now been announced…

Up In The Air is leading the competition with six nominations (rightly so – if you haven’t seen it, get thee to a cinema!), the harrowing Precious and flashy Inglourious Basterds have four a piece, whereas Katheryn Bigelow’s story of a bomb disposal team in Iraq, The Hurt Locker, netted three nominations. James Cameron’s Avatar, now the highest grossing film of all time, has scooped only two nominations.

It’s a good year for the Brits too as Carey Mulligan was nominated for her searing performance in An Education, which was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Nick Hornby. Colin Firth was also given a nod for his mesmerising performance in A Single Man and brilliant political satire In The Loop was honoured with a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination.

The awards will be presented on March 7th. Watch this space.

The noms are sticking fairly closely to the BAFTA noms which were announced on January 21.

Katherine Bigelow is only the third woman in the Awards’ 82 year history to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar (the others being Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties in 1976, Jane Campion for The Piano in 1993 and Sofia Coppolla for Lost In Translation in 2003). If she wins, she’ll be the first women recipient. Personally, my money’s on Jason Reitman for Up In The Air, but Bigelow is a close second favourite.

That’s the best of last year, but what about the worst? Have no fear, the Razzies were announced earlier today, highlighting cinematic disasters in 2009. Oddly it seems that Sandra Bullock has been nominated for both an Oscar (for The Blind Side) and a Razzie (for All About Steve) in the same year.

Best Supporting Actress

Penelope Cruz – Nine
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Crazy Heart
Vera Farmiga – Up In The Air
Anna Kendrick – Up In The Air
Mo’Nique – Precious

Best Supporting Actor

Matt Damon – Invictus
Woody Harrelson – The Messanger
Christopher Plummer – The Last Station
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Helen Mirren – The Last Station
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Gabourey Sibide – Precious
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

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 Director

James Cameron – Avatar
Kathyrn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels – Precious
Jason Reitman – Up In The Air

Best Original Screenplay

The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Messenger
A Serious Man

Best Adapted Screenplay

District 9
An Education
In The Loop
Up In The Air

Best Foreign Language Feature

El Secreto De Sus Ojos
The Milk Of Sorrow
Un Prophete
The White Ribbon

Best Animation

Fantastic Mr Fox
The Princess & The Frog
The Secret of Kells

Best Picture

The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up In The Air

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