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:
— 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
— James Cameron, Avatar
— Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
— Scott Hicks, The Boys are Back
— Rob Marshall, Nine
— Peter Jackson, The Lovely Bones
— George Clooney, Up in the Air
— Robert DeNiro, Everybody’s Fine
— Viggo Mortenson, The Road
— Daniel Day Lewis, Nine
— Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
— 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