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Oscar Nominations Announced

The Hurt Locker

Awards season rolls on with the announcement of this year’s Oscar nods. Amusingly, the Best Picture and Best Director awards will be contended by former husband and wife James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow, for Avatar and The Hurt Locker respectively. It was an interesting year for film, and the Oscar noms reflect that, with Best Picture nods going to films as diverse as Inglourious Basterds and Up. And The Blind Side, but we’ll chalk that one up to the mysterious Sandra Bullock Factor that also had her winning a Golden Globe. After the jump, the complete list of nominations and my picks for the winner in bold. Picks subject to change after significant argument – these are my first-run gut instinct selects.

Best Actor

Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart

George Clooney in Up in the Air

Colin Firth in A Single Man

Morgan Freeman in Invictus

Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker

Best Supporting Actor

Matt Damon in Invictus

Woody Harrelson in The Messenger

Christopher Plummer in The Last Station

Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones (DreamWorks in association with Film4,

Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

Helen Mirren in The Last Station

Carey Mulligan in An Education

Gabourey Sidibe in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia

Best Supporting Actress

Penelope Cruz in Nine

Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart

Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air

Mo’Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Best Animated Picture

Coraline, Henry Selick

Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson

The Princess and the Frog, John Musker and Ron Clements

The Secret of Kells, Tomm Moore

Up, Pete Docter

Best Director

Avatar, James Cameron

The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow

Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, Lee Daniels

Up in the Air, Jason Reitman

Best Picture

Avatar

The Blind Side

District 9

An Education

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

A Serious Man

Up

Up in the Air

Original screenplay

The Hurt Locker, Written by Mark Boal

Inglourious Basterds, Written by Quentin Tarantino

The Messenger, Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman

A Serious Man, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Up, Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

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