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Oscars see shadow; 6 more weeks of 'Avatar'



Oscar day used to mean something in this town. They used to pull a studio-owned orphan up on stage and sacrifice it to the box-office-return gods. They wouldn't give Bill Murray an Oscar for Lost in Translation (he should've won for Rushmore) because he tried to blow up a gopher several years earlier. They wouldn't even nominate Jim Carrey for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind because he made his ass talk.

Now you can get an Oscar for anything. Sandra Bullock is up for an Oscar (best actress) for The Blind Side the same freaking year she's up for a Razzie (worst actreess) for All About Steve. The only other actress to do that (according to Wikipedia) was Amy Irving in 1984. She was actually nominated for the same performance, her supporting role in Yentl. Bullock, to be fair, is long overdue for an Oscar, ever since she was snubbed for her brilliant performance in … uh … While You Were Sleeping? The Net? Miss Congeniality 2? Hope Floats? Speed 2?

You know I wrote that as a joke, but now it's a challenge: There has to be at least one watchable Sandra Bullock movie.  The best I can come up with that I've seen is The Lake House, which is at least enjoyable, and even it was probably one of the 100 worst movies I've ever seen. I'm guessing the best thing she was ever in, though I haven't seen it, is 1989 made-for-TV movie Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman

In better news, Up is the second animated film to be nominated for Best Picture after Beauty and the Beast, and the first since the Academy added an animation category. Christoph Waltz and Quentin Tarantino are up for Inglorious Basterds. A whole slew of films that weren't shown here are also nominated, and Punxsatawney Phil saw his stupid rat shadow this morning, but let's try and focus on the positive here:

Sandra Bullock has been to San Antonio before, and now she might win an Oscar!



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 in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)

Performance by an 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"

Performance by an 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"

Performance by an 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"

Performance by an 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"

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

Achievement in art direction
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox)    Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg
Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (Sony Pictures Classics)    Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro
Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
"Nine" (The Weinstein Company)    Art Direction: John Myhre
Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
"Sherlock Holmes" (Warner Bros.)    Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood
Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
"The Young Victoria" (Apparition)    Art Direction: Patrice Vermette
Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

Achievement in 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

Achievement in costume design
"Bright Star" (Apparition)    Janet Patterson
"Coco before Chanel" (Sony Pictures Classics)    Catherine Leterrier
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (Sony Pictures Classics)    Monique Prudhomme
"Nine" (The Weinstein Company)    Colleen Atwood
"The Young Victoria" (Apparition)    Sandy Powell

Achievement in directing
"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

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 documentary short subject
"China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province"
"The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner"
"The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant"
"Music by Prudence"
"Rabbit à la Berlin" (Deckert Distribution)
An MS Films Production    Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Achievement in film editing
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox)    Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
"District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing)    Julian Clarke
"The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)    Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
"Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company)    Sally Menke
"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)    Joe Klotz

Best foreign language film of the year
"Ajami"(Kino International)
"El Secreto de Sus Ojos" (Sony Pictures Classics)
"The Milk of Sorrow"
"Un Prophète" (Sony Pictures Classics)
"The White Ribbon" (Sony Pictures Classics)

Achievement in makeup
"Il Divo" (MPI Media Group through Music Box)    Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
"Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment)    Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
"The Young Victoria" (Apparition)    Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox)    James Horner
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" (20th Century Fox)    Alexandre Desplat
"The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)    Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
"Sherlock Holmes" (Warner Bros.)    Hans Zimmer
"Up" (Walt Disney)    Michael Giacchino

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
"Almost There" from "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney)    Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney)    Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36" (Sony Pictures Classics)    Music by Reinhardt Wagner
Lyric by Frank Thomas
"Take It All" from "Nine" (The Weinstein Company)    Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
"The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight)    Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett





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 in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)    Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

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)    Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter
Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy


Posted by snuff_film on 2/2/2010 10:21:39 AM
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