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The 2010 Academy Awards Nominations

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | September 24, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | September 24, 2009 |


The 2010 Academy Award nominations were announced in a ceremony hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and Patricia Clarkson this morning. If you were paying any attention to movies at all in 2009, most of the nominations won’t come as much of a surprise. With ten nominations in the best picture category, pretty much anything with the slightest whiff of Oscar ended up making the cut. At least five of these movies don’t have a realistic shot. Ten movies or not, the Academy still isn’t ultimately going to select a populist movie like Inglourious Basterds as winner of the best picture.

It’s just an honor to be nominated, huh? And I’m sure that Michelle Duggar remembers all her children’s names, too.

The ceremony will be held next month, and will be hosted by Stephen Colbert. Here are the nominees in the major categories:


Best Picture

Up in the Air, directed by Jason Reitman.

Precious, directed by Lee Daniels

Up, directed by Bob Peterson and Pete Doctor

Nine, directed by Rob Marshall

The Road, directed by John Hilcoat

The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson.

Avatar, directed by James Cameron.

The Boys Are Back, directed by Scott Hicks.

Inglourious Basterds, directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes


Best Director

— James Cameron, Avatar

— Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

— Scott Hicks, The Boys are Back

— Rob Marshall, Nine

— Peter Jackson, The Lovely Bones


Best Actor

— George Clooney, Up in the Air

— Robert DeNiro, Everybody’s Fine

— Viggo Mortenson, The Road

— Daniel Day Lewis, Nine

— Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker


Best Actress

— Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

— Gabourey ‘Gabby’ Sidibe, Precious

— Hilary Swank, Amelia

— Rachel Weisz, The Lovely Bones

— Carey Mulligan, An Education


Best Supporting Actor

— Christoph Walz, Inglourious Basterds

— Philip Seymour Hoffman, Pirate Radio

— Robert Duvall, The Road

— Peter Saarsgard, An Education

— Peter Capaldi, In the Loop


Best Supporting Actress

— Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

— Susan Sarandon, The Lovely Bones

— Marion Cotillard, Public Enemies

— Mélanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds

— Allison Janney, Away We Go


Best Original Screenplay

The Brothers Bloom, by Rian Johnson

Away We Go by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vinda

(500) Days of Summer, by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber

Inglourious Basterds, by Quentin Tarantino

Up, by Bob Peterson, Pete Doctor, and Thomas McCarthy


Best Adapted Screenplay

The Road, by Joe Penhall

Up in the Air, by Jason Reitman

Where the Wild Things Are, by Dave Eggers

Precious, by Geoffrey Fletcher

Coraline, by Henry Selick


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