With James Cameron’s Avatar causing global headlines thanks to its monstrous success at the box office (biggest grossing film of all time, don’t you know) and sweeping the Golden Globes last week, the over sized blue smurfed juggernaut is showing no signs of stopping. Only yesterday it received a whole fresh batch of Oscar nominations.
Avatar has been nominated for 7 awards including the big two: Best Picture and Best Director, and to no surprise it grabbed nods for anything vaguely to do with SFX (cinematography), whilst steering well clear of the Best Screenplay and Acting categories.
Quentin Tarantino’s fantasy World War II masterpiece Inglourious Basterds also faired well, picking up recognition in the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Best Editing and predictably Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Waltz (for which he’s guaranteed a shoe in).
With Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumodog Millionaire’ sweeping everything up from under the red carpet at last year's awards it was always going to be a tough act to follow for the Brits. But Colin Firth, Carey Mulligan and Helen Mirren each get nods in their respective Best Actor categories and there’s also a justified potential Oscar for Armando Iannucia and co for In The Loop for Best Screenplay.
The 82nd Academy Awards take place on March 7th and are hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. Here’s the full list of nominees...
Best Picture: Avatar, District 9, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up in the Air, The Blind Side, Up.
Actor in a leading role: Morgan Freeman in Invictus, Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart, George Clooney in Up in the Air, Colin Firth in A Single Man, Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker.
Actress in a supporting role: Mo'Nique in Precious, Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air, Penélope Cruz in Nine, Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air, Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart.
Actor in a supporting role: Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds Christopher Plummer in The Last Station, Matt Damon in Invictus, Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones, Woody Harrelson in The Messengers
Actress in a leading role: Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, Helen Mirren in The Last Station, Gabourey Sidibe in Precious, Carey Mulligan in An Education.
Animated feature film: Up, The Princess and the Frog, Coraline, Fantastic Mr Fox, Secret of Kells.
Foreign language film: Ajami, A Prophet, The Secret of Her Eyes, The White Ribbon, The Milk of Sorrow.
Directing: Avatar (James Cameron), The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow), Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), Lee Daniels (Precious).
Writing (adapted screenplay): District 9, An Education, Precious, Up in the Air, In the Loop.
Writing (original screenplay): The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, A Serious Man, Up.
Art direction: Avatar, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Nine, Sherlock Holmes, The Young Victoria.
Cinematography: Avatar, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, The White Ribbon.
Costume design: Bright Star, Coco Before Channel, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Nine, The Young Victoria.
Film editing: Avatar, District 9, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious/
Music (original score): Avatar, Fantastic Mr Fox, Up, The Hurt Locker, Sherlock Holmes.
Music (original song): Almost There, from The Princess and the Frog by Randy Newman, Down in New Orleans, from The Princess and the Frog by Randy Newman, Loin de Paname, from Paris 36, Take it All, from Nine by Maury Yeston The Weary Kind, from Crazy Heart by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
Sound editing: Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds , Star Trek, Up.
Sound mixing: Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Visual effects: Avatar, District 9, Star Trek.