The Nominees Should Be…

Today was the deadline for the 5,777 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to turn in their completed nominations ballots for the 2010 awards. The resulting nominations will be announced February 2 and the ceremony will be March 7.

I’m sure I’ll be mostly disappointed when the nominations are actually announced (and Avatar gets 9 nominations), so I’ll take this opportunity to put forth the nominations I’d like to see, if I could have my way:

Best Picture

Summer Hours
The White Ribbon
Inglourious Basterds
The Hurt Locker
A Serious Man
Invictus
The Last Station
The Road
Up
Bright Star

Best Director
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Michael Haneke, The White Ribbon
Jane Campion, Bright Star
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Lorna’s Silence

Best Actor
Viggo Mortenson, The Road
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Joaquin Phoenix, Two Lovers
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Best Actress
Tilda Swinton, Julia
Abbie Cornish, Bright Star
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Arta Dobroshi, Lorna’s Silence

Best Supporting Actor
James McAvoy, The Last Station
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Paul Schneider, Bright Star

Best Supporting Actress
Gwenyth Paltrow, Two Lovers
Melanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds
Rachel Weisz, The Brothers Bloom
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Julianne Moore, A Single Man

Best Foreign Film
Still Walking (Japan)
Letters to Father Jacob (Finland)
The White Ribbon (Germany)
The Headless Woman (Argentina)
Gomorra (Italy)

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8 responses to “The Nominees Should Be…

  1. Amen to nominating Paul Schneider for “Bright Star.”

    Your suggestion of “The White Ribbon” for both Best Foreign Film and Best Picture raised a question–is it even possible for a foreign film to be nominated for Best Picture?

  2. I’m already preparing myself for anger when Avatar sweeps.

  3. I know Brett, why isn’t Avatar on your list at all? I mean with writing that unbelievable, why even have any other nominees at all? ;)

    I believe that Foreign Films can absolutely be nominated for best picture. Wasn’t “Life is Beautiful”?

  4. According to Wikipedia, only eight foreign-language (which is apparently the big distinction the Academy makes, because British, Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand films aren’t put in the ‘foreign’ category– although Letters from Iowa Jima was ineligible for Best Foreign Language Film because it was an American production) films have been nominated for best picture.

  5. Jacob Andrew Wilson

    i totally agree with Rachel Weisz and Melanie Laurent for Best Supporting Actress. i can’t believe they haven’t been getting more attention. i would also definitely throw in Samantha Morton for The Messenger as well.

  6. Did you watch Crazy Heart? are you one of those that just does not get Jeff Bridges, assuming his lack of histrionics is a lack of acting chops?

    • Rick, I am usually a fan of Jeff Bridges. He’s a great actor. But his work in Crazy Heart–praiseworthy though it is–didn’t strike me as among his personal best, let alone among the 5 best performances of the year. To me the role was mostly an amalgam of cliches–grizzled, alcoholic, past-his-prime curmudgeon finds a bit of redemption after hitting rock bottom. Bridges played it as well as anyone could, but for me it just wasn’t all that compelling.

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