The nominations for the 2010 Oscars are in and it’s a good year for Irish animation. Animated movies from this fair isle are represented in both the Animated Feature category, with The Secret of Kells, and the Animated Short category, with Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty. Also up, on the Irish front,  for Short Live Action Film is The Door, a short from Octagon Films, and Peter J Devlin and Richard Banehan for their work on Star Trek and Avatar respectively.

James Cameron’s Avatar and Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker lead the nominations with 9 apiece and there is little surprising in the overall list of nominations with those that have fared well during awards season being well represented. Critic and fan favourite Moon is a notable absentee from the list of nominees, despite heavy internet campaigning to get it included.

Sandra Bullock is still in with the chance of picking up an Oscar and Razzie in the same year as she has been nominated as Best Actress for her role in The Blind Side, which also picked up a somewhat unexpected Best Picture nominee. With 10 movies up for Best Picture the Academy have also found room for Disney-Pixar’s Up, which is also in the running for Best Animated Feature.

I will shortly be doing my predictions in each category so stay tuned for that.

Best Picture
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

Actor
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up in the Air
Colin Firth – A Single Man
Morgan Freeman – Invictus
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

Actress
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

Supporting Actor
Matt Damon – Invictus
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Christopher Plummer – The Last Station
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz – Nine
Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Mo’Nique – Precious Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Direction
James Cameron – Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels – Precious Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Jason Reitman – Up in the Air

Foreign Language Film
Ajami – Israel
El Secreto de Sus Ojos – Argentina
The Milk of Sorrow – Peru
Un Prophete – France
he White Ribbon – Germany

Adapted Screenplay
Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell – District 9
Nick Hornby – An Education
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche – In the Loop
Geoffrey Fletcher – Precious Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner – Up in the Air

Original Screenplay
Mark Boal – The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman – The Messenger
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – A Serious Man
Bob Peterson, Pete Docter and Tom McCarthy – Up

Animated Feature Film
Coraline
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
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

Sound Mixing
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen

Sound Editing
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up

Original Score
Avatar – James Horner
Fantastic Mr Fox – Alexandre Desplat
The Hurt Locker – Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
Sherlock Holmes – Hans Zimmer
Up – Michael Giacchino

Original Song
Almost There from The Princess and the Frog – Randy Newman
Down in New Orleans from The Princess and the Frog – Randy Newman
Loin de Paname from Paris 36 – Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas
Take It All from Nine – Maury Yeston
The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart) from Crazy Heart – Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Costume
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
The Young Victoria

Documentary Feature
Burma VJ
The Cove
Food Inc T
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

Documentary (short subject)
China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Music by Prudence
Rabbit a la Berlin

Film Editing
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Makeup
Il Divo
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

Animated Short Film
French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
Logorama
A Matter of Loaf and Death

Live Action Short Film
The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Kavi
Miracle Fish
The New Tenants

Visual Effects
Avatar
District
9 Star Trek

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