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2010 Oscar nominations (with my favorites and predictions)

I have seen all of the nominated films on this list, except those indicated. This year's Oscar nominations (in the major categories I follow most):

Best Original Screenplay

Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman, The Messenger
Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy, Up

I have not yet seen The Messenger in this category.

My favorite: Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
My prediction: Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker

Best Adapted Screenplay

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

I have not yet seen In the Loop or An Education in this category.

My favorite: Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
My prediction: Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

I have not yet seen The Last Station or An Education in this category.

My favorite: Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
My prediction: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Best Actor

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

I have not yet seen Invictus in this category.

My favorite: Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
My prediction: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Best Supporting Actress

Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Mo'Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

My favorite: Mo'Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
My prediction: Mo'Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

Best Supporting Actor

Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

I have only seen The Lovely Bones and Inglourious Basterds in this category.

My favorite: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
My prediction: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Director

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

My favorite: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
My prediction: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Best Animated Film

Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Up

I have not yet seen The Secret of Kells in this category.

My favorite: Fantastic Mr. Fox
My prediction: Up

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

I have not yet seen An Education in this category.

My favorite: The Hurt Locker
My prediction: The Hurt Locker

Hmmm...Let's see. I'm a bit disappointed that Public Enemies was ignored. Marion Cotillard could have been a good Best Actress nominee for that or Nine, not to mention Billy Crudup for Best Supporting Actor as J. Edgar Hoover. Quinton Aaron in The Blind Side would not have been out of place for Best Actor or Supporting Actor. Much too much attention for the slightly overrated District 9, Up and Up in the Air, though some of the nominations for them make good sense. 'Tis a bit odd that District 9 would be recognized as a Best Pic nominee with no Sharlto Copley for Best Actor.

The Oscars will air Sunday, Mar. 7 at 5 p.m. Pacific time on ABC.

Alex
The Magic of the Movies

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