82nd Oscar Nominees Announced
This morning, from Beverly Hills, California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their much coveted Academy Awards nominations for 2009.
Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway joined Academy President Tom Sherak to announce this year's nominees and there were very few surprises within the major categories. Although they have expanded the Best Picture category to include ten nominees, with the hopes of creating a more broad-based appeal to the televised show, which has been bleeding TV ratings for a while.
Among the most anticipated nominees for Best Picture was of course James Cameron's Avatar, and with five additional slots they were able to include some audience favorites like The Blind Side, the critically acclaimed, The Hurt Locker, which only grossed $16 million, Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, Lee Daniels tearjerker, Precious, the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man, District 9, An Education, and surprise dark horse, the animated film Up (which was fantastic), and of course, George Clooney's Up in the Air.
Everyone's favorite categories, Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress held few surprises.
Best Actor Nominees: Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart, George Clooney - Up in the Air, Colin Firth - A Single Man, Morgan Freeman - Invictus, Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker.
Best Supporting Actor nominees: Matt Damon - Invictus, Woody Harrelson - The Messenger, Christopher Plummer - The Last Station, Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones, Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds.
Best Actress nominees: 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