This year, the 2010 nominees are:
“Ferngully” meets live action, IMAX 3-D.
“The Blind Side”
Are you ready for some football?
Evidently *not* Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Apocalypse.
May-December romance goes sour in England.
“The Hurt Locker”
War is the most addictive drug.
Tarantino + Pitt + Nazi-killing Jews = Comic perfection.
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Totally different spin on ‘babydaddy’ story.
“A Serious Man”
Coen Brothers. Need I say more?
Best four-minute relationship montage ever. Squirrel!
“Up in the Air”
In-between take-offs and landings, are journeys.
“Avatar” — James Cameron
Billions at box office buys ANYTHING.
“The Hurt Locker” — Kathryn Bigelow
Proof that women belong behind cameras.
“Inglourious Basterds” — Quentin Tarantino
Says “Fuck You!!” to deafening applause.
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” — Lee Daniels
His product consistently outshines his process.
“Up in the Air” — Jason Reitman
Irrefutable evidence that he salvaged ‘Juno’.
Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
It’s about time that Oscar abides.
George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
First ‘Best Actor’ nod for Cloonster.
Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
Playing gay no longer shoo-in, except…
Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
What would Oscar be without biopics?
Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”
The only possible Bridges upset, IMHO.
Actress in a Leading Role
Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
Golden Globe winner is rumored front-runner.
Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
The Dame can do no wrong.
Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
Darling debut from beautiful British bird.
Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Smashing start. Keep casting Sidibe, please.
Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”
15 nominations now. Lifetime achievement, perhaps?
Actor in a Supporting Role
Matt Damon in “Invictus”
Dude! He’s my step-cousin. No, seriously…
Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
You’ve come a long way, Flynt.
Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
His ‘Dragnet’ role was my favorite…
Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
He almost turned this part down.
Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”
His swastika was the most satisfying.
Actress in a Supporting Role
Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
Is there anything she *can’t* do?
Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
Long-deserved Vera, but not this year.
Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
I seriously don’t understand everyone’s fascination…
Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
Called Clooney “old”. That was funny.
Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Hands-down winner. Her own terms, too.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“District 9” — Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
Aren’t we over Armageddon movies yet?
“An Education” — Screenplay by Nick Hornby
Liked it. Despite the predictable twist.
“In the Loop” — Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Read much better than it played.
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” — Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
Triumph over Adversity: Undeniable cinematic gold.
“Up in the Air” — Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Wish Reitman would have polished ‘Juno’.
Writing (Original Screenplay)
“The Hurt Locker” — Written by Mark Boal
This script actually stirred my patriotism.
“Inglourious Basterds” — Written by Quentin Tarantino
Had me with the misspelled title.
“The Messenger” — Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
‘(500) Days of Summer’ Oscar upset!!
“A Serious Man” — Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Best original script since… their last.
“Up” — Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy
O! To write a Pixar-worthy screenplay.
Animated Feature Film
Neil Gaiman strikes again. In 3-D!
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
Wes Anderson + Roald Dahl. Cussin’ genius!
“The Princess and the Frog”
Disney’s best decision: To acquire Pixar.
“The Secret of Kells”
Um. Has anybody seen this film?
Seriously. Pixar folks are brilliant. Squirrel!
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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…
*All apologies to the short filmmakers, documentarians, make-up artists, costume, production and sound designers and editors and all the rest of my fellow BTL homies.Seriously and from the bottom of my heart, I promise, I DO stay for every single last credit and I KNOW how major the role is that you play in the process.xo ~k