Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Blind Side (2009)
District 9 (2009)
An Education (2009)
A Serious Man (2009)
Up in the Air (2009/I)
The Blind Side?? Huh!? OK, that one aside, this is actually a really strong line-up (I saw Precious for the second time last night and it improved significantly). The Academy could have easily screwed this up, but overall, they made GREAT choices (a big YAY for A Serious Man). Oh, and the District 9 nomination? Now that's what I call EPIC. I felt really weird making that prediction yesterday, but I guess sometimes it pays to go with your gut feelings.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Achievement in Directing
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
I haven't seen The Messenger, but overall this is a great set; I'm so glad the Coens made it in here.
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
IN THE LOOP!!!!!!!!! That is all.
Best Achievement in Cinematography
About time they nominated a Potter film, especially since these past two have been the strongest artistically. Nice to see that The White Ribbon made it in as well, though the snubbing of Nine's Dion Beebe (that man knows how to play with light) is disheartening. Yay for Inglourious Basterds, though.
Best Achievement in Editing
One of the things that improved the most when I saw both The Hurt Locker and Precious the second time was the editing, so this is actually a GREAT call in this category; good job, Academy.
Best Achievement in Art Direction
Haven't seen Doctor Parnassus or Young Victoria, but from what I can tell, they're worthy nominees along with the other three (sort of...CG "art direction" still confuses me)
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Bright Star actually got something! Yay! Oh, and good for the Academy for not giving Nine the Australia-treatment in the artistic categories.
Best Achievement in Makeup
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
I really love The Hurt Locker, and what little music is in it is very good, but I'm not sure it needed to be nominated. I'm glad that Hans Zimmer's hugely engaging Holmes score got in, but WHERE IS THE NOMINATION FOR A SINGLE MAN? WHERE!? Or The Road for that matter. The music branch really needs to get its sh*t together.
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Best Achievement in Sound
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Best Documentary, Features
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (2009) (TV)
Królik po berlinsku (2009)
Music by Prudence (2010)
Best Short Film, Animated
French Roast (2008)
La dama y la muerte (2009)