2010 Oscar Nominations: Avatar Ties Hurt Locker with 9 Noms

The 2010 Oscar nominations are in, and as expected, zombie movies were all the rage, as they filled up every category — oh wait, nevermind. I must have been thinking about something else. “Avatar”, as expected, tops the list with 9 nominations. You saw that coming, right? But did you see this? “Avatar” wasn’t king of the Oscars nominations, and it actually tied with Katheryn Bigelow’s Iraq War movie “The Hurt Locker”, which also nabbed 9 nominations. Not bad for a movie that was shelved by the studio for a while. Quentin Tarantino’s pseudo war movie “Inglourious Basterds” came in second with 8 nominations, while “Up in the Air” and “Precious” tied with six nominations each. And shockingly? I’ve seen half of the films on the “Best Film” category, which this year has been expanded to 10 films. 50%, folks. Wow. I didn’t think I would ever be able to say that. Ever.

Anyhoo. Here is your big list of Oscar nominees for 2010, aka the 82nd Academy Awards. Okay, not all of them, just the important ones. See the full list here. Watch the telecast March 7, 2010. Or don’t. See if I care.

Best motion picture of the year
* “Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
* “The Blind Side” (Warner Bros.)
* “District 9” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
* “An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)
* “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
* “A Serious Man” (Focus Features)
* “Up” (Walt Disney)
* “Up in the Air” (Paramount)

Best director
* “Avatar” (20th Century Fox) James Cameron
* “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Kathryn Bigelow
* “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Quentin Tarantino
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate) Lee Daniels
* “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) Jason Reitman

Best animated feature film of the year
* “Coraline” (Focus Features) Henry Selick
* “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (20th Century Fox) Wes Anderson
* “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney) John Musker and Ron Clements
* “The Secret of Kells” (GKIDS) Tomm Moore
* “Up” (Walt Disney) Pete Docter

Best performance by an actor in a leading role
* Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)
* George Clooney in “Up in the Air” (Paramount)
* Colin Firth in “A Single Man” (The Weinstein Company)
* Morgan Freeman in “Invictus” (Warner Bros.)
* Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role
* Matt Damon in “Invictus” (Warner Bros.)
* Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
* Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones” (DreamWorks)
* Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)

Best performance by an actress in a leading role
* Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side” (Warner Bros.)
* Helen Mirren in “The Last Station” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Carey Mulligan in “An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
* Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia” (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role
* Penélope Cruz in “Nine” (The Weinstein Company)
* Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air” (Paramount)
* Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)
* Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air” (Paramounts)
* Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Best cinematography
* “Avatar” (20th Century Fox) Mauro Fiore
* “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (Warner Bros.) Bruno Delbonnel
* “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Barry Ackroyd
* “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Robert Richardson
* “The White Ribbon” (Sony Pictures Classics) Christian Berger

Best original screenplay
* “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Written by Mark Boal
* “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Written by Quentin Tarantino
* “The Messenger” (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
* “A Serious Man” (Focus Features) Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
* “Up” (Walt Disney) Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Best adapted screenplay
* “District 9” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
* “An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics) Screenplay by Nick Hornby
* “In the Loop” (IFC Films) Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate) Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
* “Up in the Air” (Paramount) Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Best documentary feature
* “Burma VJ” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
* “The Cove” (Roadside Attractions)
* “Food, Inc.” (Magnolia Pictures)
* “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”
* “Which Way Home”

Best foreign language film of the year
* “Ajami”(Kino International) Israel
* “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” (Sony Pictures Classics) Argentina
* “The Milk of Sorrow” Peru
* “Un Prophète” (Sony Pictures Classics) France
* “The White Ribbon” (Sony Pictures Classics) Germany

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