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My Oscar Noms

The Academy Award nominations will be announced tomorrow morning by Anne Hathaway, and the following aren't so much predictions as preferences. I tried to stay in those categories where I didn't feel too out of my element. Feel free to post your own picks, or protests, in the comments field below. Oh, and the pictures don't necessarily indicate preferences, either. Some are simply dark horses. Some are horses so dark no one can see them.

Best Picture (assuming a U.S. production)

Best Director (assuming not)

  • Olivier Assayas, “L'Heure d'ete”
  • James Cameron, “Avatar”
  • Joel and Ethan Coen, “A Serious Man”
  • Spike Jonze, “Where the Wild Things Are”
  • Steven Soderbergh, “The Informant!”

Best Actor (assuming Bridges; I haven't seen “Crazy Heart” yet)

  • Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
  • Matt Damon, “The Informant!”
  • Robert Downey, Jr., “The Soloist”
  • Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
  • Max Records, “Where the Wild Things Are”

Best Actress (assuming nothing)

  • Abbie Cornish, “Bright Star”
  • Penelope Cruz, “Broken Embraces”
  • Yolonde Moreau, “Seraphine”
  • Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
  • Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Best Supporting Actor (caveat: I never saw “The Messenger”)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Marion Cotillard, “Public Enemies”
  • Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
  • Catherine Keener, “The Soloist,” “Where the Wild Things Are”
  • Mo'Nique, “Precious”
  • Julianne Moore, “A Single Man”

Best Original Screenplay

  • Judd Apatow, “Funny People”
  • Mark Boal, “The Hurt Locker”
  • Joel and Ethan Coen, “A Serious Man”
  • Pete Docter, Bob Peterson and Thomas McCarthy, “Up”
  • Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Adapated Screenplay

  • Wes Anderson and Noah Bambaugh, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
  • Scott Z. Burns, “The Informant!”
  • Susannah Grant, “The Soloist”
  • Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers, “Where the Wild Things Are”
  • Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air”

Best Cinematography (Caveat: I only know so much)

  • Barry Ackroyd, “The Hurt Locker”
  • Lance Acord, “Where the Wild Things Are”
  • Roger Deakins, “A Serious Man”
  • Robert Richardson, “Inglourious Basterds”
  • Dante Spinotti, “Public Enemies”

Best Documentary (Cavet: I only saw so many)

No tagsPosted at 06:54 AM on Mon. Feb 01, 2010 in category Movies - The Oscars  


Reed wrote:

Great list, Erik. I keep thinking that it's been a really weak year, but running down your choices here, there's clearly still a lot worth seeing. Up in the Air finally came out here in Argentina, and I saw it yesterday, but I have to say it really didn't do much for me.

Being out of the country leaves me behind on a lot of the 2009 releases, but I have to say the best movie I saw this year was El Secreto de Sus Ojos (soon to be released in the US - hopefully to be nominated this morning for Best Foriegn Language film). Look for it when it arrives.
Comment posted on Mon. Feb 01, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Erik wrote:

Reed, you got your wish. "El Secreto" was nominated for best foreign-language film. I'll be on the lookout.
Comment posted on Tue. Feb 02, 2010 at 06:59 AM

Daniel Davenport wrote:

I definitely prefer your list to the real one. I'm glad especially to see your regard for "Where the Wild Things Are," Abbie Cornish in "Bright Star" and Cotillard in "Public Enemies." I have to ask, though, if pressed, would you still give "Inglourious Basterds" a nomination for cinematography over "Bright Star?" I would probably choose "Bright Star" over "Public Enemies" as well.
Comment posted on Tue. Feb 02, 2010 at 03:15 PM
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