It’s Award season

As much as the Academy Awards are completely pointless and invariably give the gongs to the wrong films, here’s the full list- although quite why they need 10 for best film, especially when one of them is Inglorious Basterds (memorably reviewed by Xiphos here) is a mystery:

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 Messenger

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

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

Animated feature film

Up (Pete Docter and Bob Peterson)

The Princess and the Frog (Ron Clements and John Musker)

Coraline (Henry Selick)

Fantastic Mr Fox (Wes Anderson)

The Secret of Kells (Tomm Moore

Foreign language film

Ajami (Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, Israel)

A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, France)

The Secret of Her Eyes (Juan Jose Campanella, Argentina)

The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, Germany)

The Milk of Sorrow (Claudia Llosa, Peru)


Avatar (James Cameron)

The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)

Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)

Up in the Air (Jason Reitman)

Precious (Lee Daniels)

Writing (adapted screenplay)

District 9 (Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell)

An Education (Nick Hornby)

Precious (Geoffrey Fletcher)

Up in the Air (Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner)

In the Loop (Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche)

Writing (original screenplay)

The Hurt Locker (Mark Boal)

Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)

A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen)

Up (Pete Docter and Bob Petersen)

The Messenger (Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman)

Best picture

Avatar (James Cameron and Jon Landau, producers)

District 9 (Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, producers)

An Education (Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, producers)

The Hurt Locker (nominees to be determined)

Inglourious Basterds (Lawrence Bender, producer)

Precious (Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, producers)

A Serious Man (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, producers)

Up in the Air (Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, producers)

The Blind Side (nominees to be determined)

Up (Jonas Rivera, producer)

Art direction

Avatar (art direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; set decoration: Kim Sinclair)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (art direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; set decoration: Caroline Smith)

Nine (art direction: John Myhre; set decoration: Gordon Sim)

Sherlock Holmes (art direction: Sarah Greenwood; set decoration: Katie Spencer)

The Young Victoria (art direction: Patrice Vermette; set decoration: Maggie Gray)


Avatar (Mauro Fiore)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Bruno Delbonnel)

The Hurt Locker (Barry Ackroyd)

Inglourious Basterds (Robert Richardson)

The White Ribbon (Christian Berger)

Costume design

Bright Star (Janet Patterson)

Coco Before Chanel (Catherine Leterrier)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Monique Prudhomme)

Nine (Colleen Atwood)

The Young Victoria (Sandy Powell)

Documentary (feature)

Burma VJ (Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller)

The Cove (nominees to be determined)

Food, Inc (Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein)

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith)

Which Way Home (Rebecca Cammisa)

Documentary (short subject)

China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province (Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill)

The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner (Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher)

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert)

Music by Prudence (Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett)

Rabbit à la Berlin (Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra)

Film editing

Avatar (Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron)

District 9 (Julian Clarke)

The Hurt Locker (Bob Murawski and Chris Innis)

Inglourious Basterds (Sally Menke)

Precious (Joe Klotz)


Il Divo (Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano)

The Young Victoria (Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore)

Star Trek (Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow)

Music (original score)

Avatar (James Horner)

Fantastic Mr Fox (Alexandre Desplat)

Up (Michael Giacchino)

The Hurt Locker (Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders)

Sherlock Holmes (Hans Zimmer)

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 by Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas

Take it All, from Nine by Maury Yeston

The Weary Kind, from Crazy Heart by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Short film (animated)

French Roast (Fabrice O Joubert)

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty (Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell)

Logoramam (Nicolas Schmerkin)

The Lady and the Reaper (Javier Recio Gracia)

A Matter of Loaf and Death (Nick Park)

Short film (live action)

The Door (Juanita Wilson and James Flynn)

Instead of Abracadabra (Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström)

Kavi (Gregg Helvey)

Miracle Fish (Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey)

The New Tenants (Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson)

Sound editing

Avatar (Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle)

The Hurt Locker (Paul NJ Ottosson)

Inglourious Basterds (Wylie Stateman)

Star Trek (Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin)

Up (Michael Silvers and Tom Myers)

Sound mixing

Avatar (Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson)

The Hurt Locker (Paul NJ Ottosson and Ray Beckett)

Inglourious Basterds (Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano)

Star Trek (Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J Devlin)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Greg P Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson)

Visual effects

Avatar (Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R Jones)

District 9 (Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken)

Star Trek (Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton)

Well, uninspiring to say the least. I’m especially nonplussed with the omission of Emma Stone for her Zombieland performance. Not to mention that of that list for Best Actress, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that Golden Globe Winner Sandra Bullock may win.

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60 responses to “It’s Award season”

  1. koutchboom says :

    Really surprised at the (500) Days of Summer snub.

  2. koutchboom says :

    Also Star Trek for Makeup? How? Where? Painting a girl green? Fuck Galaxy Quest shit all over this film in terms of makeup.

  3. koutchboom says :

    Cinematography – Harry Potter????

    I guess filming all black scenes is considered good? Its like when shacky cam got editing got an oscar.

  4. just pillow talk says :

    Shit…I’ve only seen like 5 of those movies from that entire list.

    How the fuck is Up nominated for best pic? C’mon…that can’t be serious?

  5. xiphos0311 says :

    HAHAHAHAHAha! where’s the real list?

    • xiphos0311 says :

      No really where’s the real list? The Crap Locker, Cokey’s shit pile, Avatard, the grandma from JOKER! staring that guy in the flying rodent suit with the stupid voice that had nothing to do with the Dark Knight, a cartoon? C’mon the academy is pulling my leg right?

      • koutchboom says :

        the grandma from JOKER! staring that guy in the flying rodent suit with the stupid voice that had nothing to do with the Dark Knight,

        Am I missing something? What was Christian Bale in this year you didn’t like?

  6. koutchboom says :

    Well 2009 did give us the highest grossing film directed by a female (in American anyways). Alvin and the Chipmunks 2. For world wide gross that goes to Mamma Mia.

    The Oscars are like March 2nd or 12th.

    • lordbronco says :

      You Sir, are missing out on some primo, a-list schlock.

      Painful schlock, millionaire schlock!

      I stand by my assertion that a movies gross profits do justify it’s worth objectively when considered as True, Lasting ART.

      My, My *mumbles some ABBA*

  7. xiphos0311 says :

    You know what Frank you’re right, I now want Bigelow win, not to give credence to that crappy BS movie, but to see the look on that Smurf pushers face when he loses the Oscar to his an ex old lady.

    Then I want Bigelow go over to Camtard bash him in the ego with the Academy award and scream at the asshole “THAT’S FOR ALL THE TIMES YOU KICKED THE SHIT OUT OF ME MOTHERFUCKER”

    She manages to break a couple of ribs with some snap kicks before security takes her down. Now that’s an Academy Award that would mean something.

  8. Droid says :

    IB and The Blind Side? Best Picture? See that’s a case in point why 10 noms don’t fucking work.

  9. Droid says :

    Despite not having seen a lot of these, I will put forth some predictions of who I think will win (I’ll put who I want to win in brackets if it’s necessary)…

    Actress in a supporting role
    Mo’Nique in Precious (I haven’t seen any of the performances except for Farmiga, which was unexceptional)

    Actor in a supporting role
    Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (Woody Fucking Harrelson in The Messenger. Awesome performance. Waltz was very good though.)

    Actress in a leading role
    Golden Globe winner Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side (Anyone but her)

    Actor in a leading role
    Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart (Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker. Although I’d be fine with Bridges finally getting his oscar for his performance as The Dude.)

    Animated feature film
    Up (Fantastic Mr Fox. By far. I liked Up a lot, but I loved FMF)

    Kathryn Bigelow (would prefer this, or out of the others it must be JC)

    Writing (adapted screenplay)
    Up in the Air (District 9. Just to shut Koutch up.)

    Writing (original screenplay)
    The Hurt Locker (Either this or The Messenger)

    Best picture
    Avatar (would like to see THL win, but I would be happy for Avatar to get it).

  10. Jarv says :

    I was pissed at that as well. He should have been nominated, and he probably deserves to win for that.

    Moon’s been universally snubbed.

  11. Droid says :

    Xi, you got to see Avatar yet?

    • xiphos0311 says :

      Yes and yes.
      thoroughly underwhelmed by both.

    • Jarv says :

      What’ve you got against Avatar?

      Just curious- I’m the first to say that on every critical level it’s a fail, but it’s also the most entertaining thing I’ve seen in yonks.

      • xiphos0311 says :

        First let me preface this by saying i didn’t see Avatard in IMAX I watched it on “liberated” DVD a few days ago, so I can’t judge how much the SPX might help.

        Although in my case I could care less about SPX they were never really my thing. I can appreciate special effects but they aren’t the end all be all for my movie going experience. I read a line years ago in a Phantom Menace review that stuck with me. If there are special effects in every scene they cease to be special and are merely effects. Okay preface over.

        I had to judge Avatard on the quality of the story, the characters and the acting. All of which were woeful. The Aussie kid is bland as Vegemite and can’t control his accent. I liked the story better when it was called Alien and outside of Michelle Rodriquez I could care less about any of the characters. The overall idea of the “nobility” of the savage and the Gaia BS wore on my nerves.

        Also I don’t need to be lectured on ecological issues by a billionaire that flies around the world on a private jets that have a larger “carbon footprint” in one trip then I will have in my entire life. Cameron takes his jet, goes on wallowing tubs in the oceans that leak oil everywhere so he can take his private subs which disrupt ocean life to make home movies. Fuck you, you hypocrite.

        Without the “more” special effects the Nav’ii and Pandora DID look like a video game to me. I really think that when you guys see this without the 3D you might feel a bit let down.

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah my biggest problem with Avatar is that it will suck at home.

      • Tom_Bando says :

        I saw it in a crappy 6 screen Loews theatre in Claremont NH where the film breaks more often than not and the only thing they had about 3-D and this movie was a sign that said ‘we aren’t showing this in 3-D’. Well no kidding guys that’s why you are next door to Market Basket. Now shaddap and let’s us go watch some big Bloo ThunderKats do their things…

        I liked this much more than you did Xiphos, I kinda pushed Cameron’s arrogant ass outta the way and just enjoyed the Pocohantas movie that he foisted on us. I always like Stephen Lang and this showed him to a good effect.

        Plus the walkers were more or less giant Robots. I like that.

      • Jarv says :

        That sounds a lot like Mrs. Jarv’s criticisms of it.

      • xiphos0311 says :

        Mrs Jarv is a wise lady.

      • Droid says :

        It’s no surprise that you didn’t like it on a dodgy dvd.

        That’s like the difference between seeing Muse in concert or hearing it through the walls as your next door neighbour blares it at 3am on a tuesday.

      • xiphos0311 says :

        Who’s Muse?

      • Droid says :

        Okay, I’ll rephrase…

        That’s like the difference between seeing [insert name of band you like here (The Village People?)] in concert or hearing it through the walls as your next door neighbour blares it at 3am on a tuesday.

      • xiphos0311 says :

        I subscribe to the Dean Winchester music catalog thank you very much.

      • Droid says :

        70’s/80’s rock. I do love me some AC/DC.

      • xiphos0311 says :

        It’s no surprise that you didn’t like it on a dodgy dvd.

        I’m bored as hell on a hospital ship. I had to watch something. I would have preferred to see it in a theater but it didn’t work out that way. It was down to Avatar or 500 Days of summer which I ended up watching also, I don’t recommend that movie.

      • Droid says :

        I’m not saying that you’re wrong. I’m saying I can understand that you didn’t like it on a dodgy copy. I’ll very freely admit that it’s a big screen movie. A lot of it’s impact is the world it creates, and on a dodgy copy that won’t be represented. And the other aspects (acting, writing etc) will be much more noticable. That’s all.

        500 Days was better than I expected. And the scene where he breaks in to a dance number was a highlight.

      • xiphos0311 says :

        I watched 500 Days yesterday and about all I remember from it is why was Summer so highly sought after? and that it had Minka Kelly in and she’s mighty purty.

      • Droid says :

        Is that the chick at the end? What else is she in?

      • xiphos0311 says :

        Yes that’s her, she was on the Friday Night Lights TV show.

  12. Droid says :

    Rockwell > Clooney, Freeman and Floppy haired twat (haven’t seen his performance, but he’s a floppy haired twat, so I can assume).

    Moon definitely got snubbed.

  13. Droid says :

    “Thats equivalent of 400 tickets to avatar.” Funny. And true.

  14. Jarv says :

    Also, what’s the point of putting UP! in as best film when it’s already been put in Best Animated Film? Why bother making the category if you’re going to do that.

    That nomination should have gone to Moon,

  15. Droid says :

    And can I just point out one thing.


    Not even adapted fucking screenplay.

    But hey, The Fucking Blind Side with Golden Globe wench Sandra Fucking Bollocks is worthy of a Best Picture nom.

    Fuck me.

    • Jarv says :

      But hey, The Fucking Blind Side with Golden Globe wench Sandra Fucking Bollocks is worthy of a Best Picture nom.

      Did she kick your koala or something? I hate her, but this has been some sustained venom in her direction.

      If she took her top off in a film, would you let her off?

    • Droid says :

      Costume design for fucks sake!?!?!?!

      Put some fucking actress in a period dress and film her in an english cottage and you’ve got yourself a fucking nomination. But create a living breathing character out of nothing and you get snubbed.

    • koutchboom says :

      Imaginarium took Where the Wild Things Are noms.

  16. Jarv says :

    Costume design is a pretty bad list- Chanel, Bright (pukes) Star, Nine and The Young Victoria are all period films. So I hope Parnassus wins by default.

  17. Droid says :

    Jarv, you should put up the Razzies as well.

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