82nd Annual Academy Award Nominees


The wait is over, folks… the nominees for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning by Academy president Tom Sherak and Anne Hathaway. And guess what? There weren’t many surprises. Almost every category seemed to parallel the previous winners that we’ve seen already at earlier award ceremonies.

It was cool to see some of the additional films up for Best Picture this year, including District 9 and Up (yes, Pixar finally got their Best Picture nod). I guess it was a bit of a surprise that Jeremy Renner got nominated for The Hurt Locker, and Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart. The Secret of Kells was a dark horse nominee for the Best Animated Feature category, and I know some people will be excited to see In The Loop in there for Best Adapted Screenplay. Plus, just to spite Reed Farrington, Star Trek was nominated for Best Make-Up. What do you think about this year’s nominees? The Academy Awards will take place on March 7th. Check out the full list of nominations after the jump.

Best Picture

  • Avatar
  • The Blind Side
  • District 9
  • An Education
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Precious
  • A Serious Man
  • Up
  • Up in the Air

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

Actor in a Leading Role

  • 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”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Matt Damon in “Invictus”
  • Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
  • Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
  • Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
  • Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Actress in a Leading Role

  • 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”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Penélope 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”

Animated Feature Film

  • “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

Art Direction

  • “Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
  • “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
  • “Nine” Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
  • “Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
  • “The Young Victoria” Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray


  • “Avatar” Mauro Fiore
  • “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel
  • “The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd
  • “Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson
  • “The White Ribbon” Christian Berger

Costume Design

  • “Bright Star” Janet Patterson
  • “Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier
  • “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme
  • “Nine” Colleen Atwood
  • “The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell

Documentary (Feature)

  • “Burma VJ” Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
  • “The Cove” Nominees to be determined
  • “Food, Inc.” Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
  • “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
  • “Which Way Home” Rebecca Cammisa

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
  • “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
  • “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
  • “Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
  • “Rabbit à la Berlin” Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Film Editing

  • “Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
  • “District 9” Julian Clarke
  • “The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
  • “Inglourious Basterds” Sally Menke
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Joe Klotz

Foreign Language Film

  • “Ajami” Israel
  • “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Argentina
  • “The Milk of Sorrow” Peru
  • “Un Prophète” France
  • “The White Ribbon” Germany


  • “Il Divo” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
  • “Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
  • “The Young Victoria” Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Music (Original Score)

  • “Avatar” James Horner
  • “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat
  • “The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
  • “Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer
  • “Up” Michael Giacchino

Music (Original Song)

  • “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  • “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  • “Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
  • “Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
  • “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Short Film (Animated)

  • “French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert
  • “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
  • “The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia
  • “Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
  • “A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

Short Film (Live Action)

  • “The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
  • “Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
  • “Kavi” Gregg Helvey
  • “Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
  • “The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Sound Editing

  • “Avatar” Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
  • “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
  • “Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman
  • “Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
  • “Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Sound Mixing

  • “Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
  • “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
  • “Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
  • “Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
  • “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Visual Effects

  • “Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
  • “District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
  • “Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • “District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
  • “An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
  • “In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
  • “Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Writing (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

  • Hey Film Junk. Ok, Oscar noms…. really glad to see that District 9 and A Serious Man got some love. I am really annoyed to see that “Up” managed to worm its fucking way into both the Best Picture catgegory as well as Best Animated Film category – which means that great talents like Henry Selick (Coraline) and Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) will be locked out. Good to see the dark horse, “Secret of Kells” show up though- as an animation fan, I will have to check it out. It was also surprising to see Hayao Miyazaki get locked out for the first time in a while with his animated flick, “Ponyo” which I thought was a great piece of animation in 2009. Also liked seeing Nick Hornby (An Education) and Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious) getting noms for their adapted screenplays.

  • I haven’t watched The Oscars in many years because I usually don’t see a lot of the nominated films, but WOW! District 9 is nominated? That’s amazing!!

  • I agree with Less on this one, I was surprised to see “District 9″ nominated for best picture. I totally did not see that coming. All in all though, some of the nominations were not much a surprise. Well…I didn’t see up getting a best picture nod as well. In my opinion I would really like to see who wins best adapted screenplay. I’ve seen all of those movies and, in my opinion, it would be pretty hard to pick who would win that one. If “Avatar” wins best picture though I don’t know what has become of the world, but still I’ll probably check this out. I just wish the Oscars were earlier in the year.

    Also Reed, I’m sorry if the Oscar delegation doesn’t feel the same way you do about the make-up on the Vulcan ears.

  • Mason

    It will be interesting to hear Jay’s comments on the documentary features. It is sad, but not too surprising that Anvil got snubbed. I have not seen it yet, but is Food Inc. overrated? Besides that, there were two others that were not on Jay’s end of year list or honorable mentions (The Most Dangerous Man in America, Which Way Home)-and I never heard of them. I loved “The Cove” and predict it will win.

  • The Man

    Man the Road got hosed. It wasn’t the best Movie of the year but certainly better than most of the stuff on that list.

  • KeithTalent

    Glad to see A Serious Man got some recognition, though it probably does not have a chance at anything. A shame Viggo did not get a nod for The Road, he was pretty great in that film.

    I saw Up last night and it was only ok, not sure what all the fuss was about. I’d rather watch Wall-E.

    If Avatar wins Best Picture I will probably stop watching the Oscars.

  • “If “Avatar” wins best picture though I don’t know what has become of the world”

    HAHAHA! Nice.

  • Henrik

    I’m rooting for the danes once again!

  • Napalm

    I swear Meryl Streep gets nominated every single year!

  • Glad to see The Hangover get completely snubbed. It was a fairly funny movie but definitely overpraised. I think winning the Golden Globe for best comedy/musical movie made Oscar voters reevaluate just how good it wasn’t.

  • Maopheus

    You have to think though that if they didn’t expand to 10 nominee, D9 would not be in there. But it’s nice to see that listed. I think for them, it’s enough just to get nominated. But then again, the Blind Side? A nice movie for sure but not BP worthy to me. It had a couple nice performances but the rest of the movie I don’t think would make the top 5 either. So then it makes you wonder what the point of going to 10 is. You know that only 2 or 3 at most are likely to win in any given year. I mean how many years has it been totally wide open? Maybe the year that Crash won but that was just because all the movies pretty much sucked so there was no obvious candidate. Seems like every year someone gets the mojo going and it pretty much locks it in.

  • Greg

    I’ve got a feeling that Kathryn Bigalow, the Hurt Locker producers and Sandra Bullock are going to be leaving very happy.

  • The Man

    I agree with Greg Avatar will win all things Technical and the Hurt Locker Will get best Picture. Has it should BTW…

  • Napalm

    I’m rooting for Basterds, but Avatar & Hurt Locker seem to be strong contenders, especially the latter.

  • No Anvil = no credibility imo

  • the man

    Hanke Will win for the White Ribbon. This And Waltz are the only locks IMO.

    The White Ribbon should win for best Cinematography to.

  • Teo

    looks like avatar, district 9, inglourious basterds and hurt locker and the main contenders this year…got the most nominations. we’ll see what happens…im all for district 9, IB and hurt locker, avatar not so much.

  • Falsk

    @The Man – You’re right. That poor film just had really bad luck this year and it’s a real shame.

    And no one should be surprised that “District 9″ got thrown in for Best Picture. That was the point of the ten nominations– so you could grab some more mainstream films to get more people interested in watching the show when, in reality, we all know “Hurt Locker” is going to win. Or maybe “Avatar”. I don’t know. I’m just grumpy ’cause “Up” is getting more attention than it deserves. Love “Princess” or “Fox”, Academy. LOVE THEM!

  • 81

    “UP” got a Nod?????????? What the HELL!

  • The Man

    Holy crap I didn’t even notice District 9 was nominated. I personally think the whole 10 Nominees thing is stupid and gimmicky. IF they really way to get more people interested in the show, they should have cut out all the stupid Montages and musical numbers and make the show shorter. And give the winners more time to speak its their night!

    Here is My list of the Nominees if there were only 5

    Avatar- The mega hit that could sweep everything.

    An Education- The sophisticated film that the unwashed masses never heard of (aka the Reader).

    The Hurt Locker- The film that will probably win everything or nothing.

    Inglorious Basterds- This is Hollywood’s bone to the film geeks… chances of wining 00000.1%

  • Henrik

    Found this via IMDB: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/features/2010/03/cover-girls-201003

    I wish I was at that shoot.

  • jim the movie freak

    Maggie Gyllenhall was NOT good at ALL in “Crazy Heart,” but Bridges deserves it for giving a great performance in a very mediocre movie. It’s really a tough call which performance I favor more, Renner or Bridges. But Bridges gets my vote.

    I never would’ve guessed that “The Blind Side” would get all the love it got, because most folks I know (including my mother who loves everything), seem to HATE that movie

  • someone explain to me how Avatar gets a Cinematography Nom.????

    its all CGI, the only real photography is a few interior scenes with a lot of green screen in window openings etc. Am I missing something here, is it nominated for the virtual camera tech.; isn’t that a “special Oscar” category?

  • Henrik

    The people who photographed Avatar did something that nobody else in the idustry (self-admittedly) has any idea of how to do. I would suppose that is why.

  • KYriakos

    woooowww 4 nominations for D-9!!!!
    That is a day to be remembered my friends.
    a day that awesomeness stood up against mediocracy.
    A day that a subtitled alien movie got nominated for 4 Oscars!


  • Evan

    I wanted Nick Cage to get a nom for The Bad Lieutenant just because I want to see what scene they pick.

  • Falsk

    I really don’t understand the love for “The Blind Side”. I saw the trailer one too many times and stayed faaar away from it and was really confused when Rotten Tomatoes and critics everywhere were all, “Yay for Blind Side”. I’m almost… ALMOST curious enough to see why people are supporting it. Are critics just applauding actors for learning to act (in) their age(range)?

  • AdamH

    Rus you still need to light the actors and the massive sets they used. I was a little surprised but i guess its for mixing the photography and CG so well?

  • xego

    My predictions are…(drum roll please)

    Best Picture = Avatar
    Best Director= James Cameron
    Best Actor = Jeremy Renner
    Best Actress= M. Streep
    Supporting actor = C. Waltz
    Best Screenplay = Tarantino

    There could be some upsets here. I think Avatar is a shoe in for best picture that is just how I see the academy going. As for Best director it is true Bigelow did take the Directors guild award but I don’t see the rest of the academy as a whole going that way, nor do I see Tarantino getting it, I am not sure how many friends he has in Hollywood despite his popularity with the movie going public. I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t get the Best screenplay either and they gave it to “up in the air” or “Up”

  • Does anybody think “Up” might possibly be overthrown for another film in the Best Animated category?? I would like to see Pixar eat it at least one year….

  • KeithTalent

    I sure hope Fantastic Mr. Fox beats Up, much more impressive achievement and just an overall better film in my opinion.

  • The Man

    I kinda want Coraline to beat up, I liked Mr. Fox and Up. But I really liked Coraline… And Henrick a beautiful shot is a beautiful shot. CG or not. And virtually every film is getting the digital treatment in some way or another. The White Ribbion was digitally altered to be black and white. does that mean it isn’t still really good black and white?

  • Henrik

    Huh? I have no complaints with Avatar getting Oscars for anything. I’m sure it’s one of the 5 most beautiful movies. But to somebody like rus who doesn’t understand it, I offered another perspective to look at it from, where it maybe would make sense as well.

  • “I would like to see Pixar eat it at least one year…”

    Pixar has lost the Animated Feature award twice already.

  • The Man

    Oh sorry lol I get you to confused for some reason. Thats last comments for you Rus!!!

    Carry on Henrik.

  • I would love to see Fantastic Mr. Fox or Coraline win for Best Animated, but wouldn’t that seem a little weird since Up is the only animated movie to also get nominated for Best Picture? Seems like that already indicates that the Academy thinks it’s the best of the bunch.

  • The people who vote for Best Picture and Best Animated feature are different though.

  • What I want to win

    Picture: Up in the Air
    Director: Tarantino
    Actor: Clooney
    Actress:C. Mulligan
    S. Actor: C. Waltz
    S. Actress: A. Kendrick
    Animated Feature: Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • Ewan R.

    Hey Greg in Toronto…you do realise that their was absolutely no possibility for Henry Selick to get a Best Picture award…why? The producers take the award, not the director. Next time think before you post, and after thinking it through don’t post.

  • I’ve read American Cinematography and Cinefex’s complete articles on the making of Avatar and there are NO big sets shot for that movie! the only real things shot are people inside the rooms with green screen in every window and door. Why give it a nom. and take a nom. away from another film with actual great cinematography and some amazing shots done in real locations? I just feel Avatar is getting a Cinematography Nom. to round out the total nominations and there is a big problem with these type films. Again, someone enlighten me – do films get Cinematography noms for the lighting composition in total CGI scenes?!

  • Henrik

    Re-posted response to rus, maybe you missed it 10 comments ago:

    “The people who photographed Avatar did something that nobody else in the idustry (self-admittedly) has any idea of how to do. I would suppose that is why.”

  • I read it, don’t understand it, and it actually goes to my point. what they did that no one else can do is develop a new virtual camera for seeing rough CGI in a free form green screen stage. but that is a process achievement, or more in line with a technical Oscar. they also developed a new 3D camera, again, technical award stuff.

  • Henrik

    People are impressed with things that they can’t do themselves. There was a quote about ROboCop in 3D where one of the complaints from the people involved with the production was that none of them had any idea how to do that.

    To suggest that the reason is rather to round out the nominations is ridiculous. I’m not saying my suggestion is right, but it at least makes a hell of a lot more sense to me than what you’re saying.

  • Teo

    btw why isnt avatar nominated for best animated feature film??????