'Avatar,' 'The Hurt Locker' lead Oscar nominations

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The science-fiction sensation "Avatar" and the war-on-terror thriller "The Hurt Locker" lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and director for James Cameron and ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow.

For the first time the Oscars feature 10 best-picture contenders instead of the usual five.

Also nominated for best-picture Tuesday: "District 9"; the animated comedy "Up"; the World War II saga "Inglourious Basterds"; the football drama "The Blind Side"; the recession tale "Up in The Air," the 1960s drama "A Serious Man," and the teen tales "An Education," and "Precious."

Acting nominees include Sandra Bullock for "The Blind Side," Jeff Bridges for "Crazy Heart," Mo'Nique for "Precious" and Christoph Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds."

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sidney

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Surprising Snubs from the Oscar Nominations

I agree I thought Zoe was excellent... The only worthy acting performance in Avatar...

When the nominations for the Academy Awards were announced this morning in Beverly Hills, it quickly became clear that this year it's a battle between the critical favorite "The Hurt Locker" and "Avatar," the highest-grossing movie in the history of human civilization. Both films nabbed nine noms, including Best Director and Best Picture. Yet while "The Hurt Locker" also garnered a Best Screenplay nomination along with a Best Actor nod for Jeremy Renner, "Avatar" got stiffed for both writing and acting.

Though James Cameron's script has been regularly criticized for being unoriginal, it was solidly structured and it expertly married jaw-dropping action with a remarkably tender love story. His efforts were recognized with a Writers Guild Best Original Screenplay nomination, but it was neglected by the Academy. Of course, the Oscars have a habit ignoring the King of World's scripts; Cameron also failed to get a writing nomination for his last multi-Oscar winning effort, "Titanic."

But the most egregious "Avatar" snub was for Zoe Saldana. Her turn as Neytiri, the blue-skinned alien huntress, is truly the heart of "Avatar." Neytiri's every movement and facial expression was created by Saldana on a motion capture stage. She went through months of training for the physical demands of the role, along with learning an entirely new language for most of her dialogue. Cameron told New York magazine he feels she deserves recognition for her work: "Every second of the performance is Zoe. To carry a film on her shoulders and to step up every day for over a year is no small task." It may just be too early for the Academy to grasp the new technology and recognize how integral live actors are to creating these characters. But maybe Saldana will have another shot when she stars in "Avatar 2."

Here are some other movies, directors, and actors who were unjustly ignored by the Academy:

Best Actor - Robert Downey Jr.
Guy Ritchie's grubby steam punk updating of "Sherlock Holmes" was a quick, entertaining affair, but it wouldn't have been nearly as much fun without A-list star Robert Downey Jr. Just as he did in "Iron Man," Downey's wry, loose performance made a pretty pedestrian script feel alive and even a touch subversive. That's acting.

Best Picture - "Star Trek"
It's an outer space adventure filled with dazzling special effects and featuring a largely unknown cast with a standout performance by Zoe Saldana. Yes, that description fits the Best Picture nominee "Avatar," but it just as well could be talking about the snubbed "Star Trek." While J.J. Abrams' new take on the sci-fi classic didn't create an entirely new world like James Cameron's epic did, but instead it accomplished a feat that is even more impressive. The movie took a 40-year-old franchise and made it brand-new again, without alienating the fans who have adored it for decades.

Best Picture - "The Hangover"
Doubling the number of Best Picture nominees was supposed to make the category more inclusive. But even with the extra slots, the most successful comedy of the year -- not to mention the Golden Globe winner for Best Comedy -- was left off the list. True, "The Hangover," is broader and raunchier than the sort of film the Academy usually goes for, but its inventive story structure and indelible characters made the movie unforgettable.

Best Picture - "Where the Wild Things Are"
Spike Jonze's adaptation of the cherished childhood classic is not a kiddie movie. Instead, it's one of the most complex and raw portraits of childhood ever committed to film. Whether you loved his treatment or hated it, "Where the Wild Things Are" looked and felt like nothing else from this year.

Best Director - The Coen Brothers
The Coen Brothers are quite possibly the best filmmakers working today. From "Blood Simple" to "No Country For Old Men," they brilliantly paired morality tales with their trademark sardonic wit. And "A Serious Man," a modern-day retelling of the Book of Job, is the Coens at their most personal and their most pointed. Rarely has a movie made you laugh this hard while giving you a major cast of the existential heebie-jeebies. Their latest flick was justly honored with Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture noms, but these seriously talented directors got seriously snubbed by the Academy.

Best Actress - Abbie Cornish, "Bright Star"
Australian actress Abbie Cornish's understated portrayal of John Keats' true love, Fanny Brawne, in Jane Campion's costume drama "Bright Star" is one of the most striking performances of the year. Cornish brings intelligence, passion, and raw, painful emotion to her character. With her pitch-perfect performance, Cornish steals the show from Ben Wishaw (Keats) as subtly as her character steals his heart.

Best Picture - "A Single Man"
Don't get us wrong, we were thrilled to see Colin Firth receive a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his role in the Tom Ford-directed drama, but we're truly disappointed the Academy chose to overlook the film itself. In a movie year that saw a ridiculous amount of praise awarded to nonsensical sci-fi spectacles, star-focused fluff, and kiddie fare, "A Single Man" was one of the few motion pictures that had a unique sense of style along with an exorbitant amount of substance.

Best Actor - Viggo Mortensen, "The Road"
Respect continues to elude the criminally overlooked leading man, who was also snubbed by the Academy a mere four years ago for his performance in 2005's taut thriller "A History of Violence." Yes, he was rewarded (two years later) with a nomination for "Eastern Promises," but that doesn't let the voters off the hook for bypassing Viggo's haunting (and career best) performance in the year's most harrowing and moving film.

Supporting Actress - Melanie Laurent, "Inglourious Basterds"
"Inglourious Basterds" constructs a collage of revenge and suspense, and Melanie Laurent's performance glues the pieces together. Her sultry, seductive presence as cinema proprietor Shosanna keeps us fixed on every movement of her lips. Her larger-than-life cackling smile, billowing in a wisp of smoke, heralds the movie's fiery climax. And we feel disgust in the pits of our stomachs as Shoshanna shares strudel with the barbaric Nazi Colonel Landa (an impeccable Christoph Waltz) -- a scene that Laurent plays with subtle intensity, acting entirely with her eyes. Mademoiselle Laurent, the Oscars owe you a nom! Those "Basterds"!
 

Hubscrown

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District 9 made Best Picture - Oscars don become useless.

I mentioned it before that Zoe deserves atleast a nomination. Lets see what will happen in Avatar 2. Not that I anticipate it anyway... As we all know it will be unoriginal. Maybe there is a need for unoriginal screenplay. Ouch.. Avatar couldn't even made adaptation.

Seriously, most times Oscar Night is all about the fanfare and fakingly cheering the undeserving winners, not really about who win what or who we expect to win.
 

bigmomma

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District 9 made Best Picture - Oscars don become useless.

I mentioned it before that Zoe deserves atleast a nomination. Lets see what will happen in Avatar 2. Not that I anticipate it anyway... As we all know it will be unoriginal. Maybe there is a need for unoriginal screenplay. Ouch.. Avatar couldn't even made adaptation.

Seriously, most times Oscar Night is all about the fanfare and fakingly cheering the undeserving winners, not really about who win what or who we expect to win.
GBAM. just like the grammys
 
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GBAM. just like the grammys
they picked avatar before it came out!!!! these things are not real votes paper mache fit dey on screen dey talk cameron go win am :teu26:

They snubbed Zoe like they snubbed Beyonce at the MTV awards the only thing now is for Kanye to plead a case for Zoe
 
#6
I for one think these award shows are crap...anything another human being is deciding is never accurate...all kinds of biases and boju boju dey quick full inside...Because someone can vote for an actor/musician just because; maybe they like him/her, or their abs are looking mighty nice....but then will come out and pose like they voted because of the quality of work :rolleyes:
 

The Maverick

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District 9 made Best Picture - Oscars don become useless.

I mentioned it before that Zoe deserves atleast a nomination. Lets see what will happen in Avatar 2. Not that I anticipate it anyway... As we all know it will be unoriginal. Maybe there is a need for unoriginal screenplay. Ouch.. Avatar couldn't even made adaptation.

Seriously, most times Oscar Night is all about the fanfare and fakingly cheering the undeserving winners, not really about who win what or who we expect to win.
I know say we're all entitled to our opinions, but Hubs, you're just picking on films you didn't like. And you didn't like them for any good reason, just because they were great films and you were having an internal battle to join the bandwagon of praise. Truth is, D9 is an excellent movie, yeah they dissed us, but it doesn't take away the fact that it's an amazing flick. It would have been nominated for best original screeplay sef if not that he adapted it from his own short film.

Why would it be nominated for adapted screenplay???? It's an original story love it or hate it. Dude didn't take any book or existing movie to remake!

They nominate films none of us has ever heard before, we complain, they nominate the ones we go to see and you complain because you didn't like them...ol' boy shut it!

And Go easy on the English!
 

The Maverick

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Best motion picture of the year Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
*“The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined
*“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: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
*“A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
*“Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
*“Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Best actor in a leading role Oscars 2010 nominees
* Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
* George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
* Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
* Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
* Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Best actor in a supporting role Oscars 2010 nominees
* Matt Damon in “Invictus”
* Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
* Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
* Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
* Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Best actress in a leading role Oscars 2010 nominees
* Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
* Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
* Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
* Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
* Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Best actress in a supporting role Oscars 2010 nominees
* Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
* Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
* Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
* Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
* Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Best animated feature film of the year Oscars 2010 nominees:
*“Coraline” Henry Selick
*“Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson
*“The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
*“The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
*“Up” Pete Docter Or like my man Hub - "Hup" :laugh:

Best in art direction Oscars 2010 nominees:
*“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

Best in cinematography Oscars 2010 nominees:
*“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

Best in costume design Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Bright Star” Janet Patterson
*“Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier
*“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme
*“Nine” Colleen Atwood
*“The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell

Best Director Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” James Cameron 1st
*“The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
*“Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino 2nd
*“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels
*“Up in the Air” Jason Reitman

Best documentary feature film Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Burma VJ”
A Magic Hour Films Production Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
*“The Cove”
An Oceanic Preservation Society Production Nominees to be determined
*“Food, Inc.” (Magnolia Pictures) A Robert Kenner Films Production Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
*“The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”
A Kovno Communications Production Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
*“Which Way Home” A Mr. Mudd Production Rebecca Cammisa
Don't give a PHUCK

Best documentary short subject Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province”
A Downtown Community Television Center Production Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
*“The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner”
A Just Media Production Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
*“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” A Community Media Production Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
*“Music by Prudence” An iThemba Production Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
*“Rabbit à la Berlin” (Deckert Distribution) An MS Films Production Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra
Still Don't give a PHUCK

Best in film editing Oscars 2010 Nominees:

*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
*“District 9″ (Sony Pictures Releasing) Julian Clarke
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Sally Menke
*“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate) Joe Klotz
Toss up: Money on Avatar/District 9
This is one of the two that Hurt Locker stands a chance though

Best foreign language film of the year Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Ajami” An Inosan Production Israel
*“El Secreto de Sus Ojos” A Haddock Films Production Argentina
*“The Milk of Sorrow” A Wanda Visión/Oberon Cinematogràfica/Vela Production Peru
*“Un Prophète” A Why Not/Page 114/Chic Films Production France
*“The White Ribbon” An X Filme Creative Pool/Wega Film/Les Films du Losange/Lucky Red Production Germany
Osuofia in London :laugh:

Best in Makeup Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Il Divo” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
*“Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
*“The Young Victoria” Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Best in music written for motion pictures Oscars 2010 Nominees (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

Best in music written for motion pictures Oscars 2010 Nominees (Original song)
*“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
*“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
*“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36″ Music by Reinhardt Wagner. Lyric by Frank Thomas
*“Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
*“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Best in visual effects Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“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
SHYT Beats me - Money on Avatar. Why wasn't 2012 nominated:devil????

Best in Adapted screenplay Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“District 9″ Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
*“An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
*“In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
*“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
*“Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Best in Original screenplay Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal
*“Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino
*“The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
*“A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
*“Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter
Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy
Hurt Locker's second chance dies here...Quentin was too much in this one

Best animated short film Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“French Roast”A Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films Production Fabrice O. Joubert
*“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” A Brown Bag Films Production Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
*“The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” A Kandor Graphics and Green Moon Production Javier Recio Gracia
*“Logorama” (Autour de Minuit) An Autour de Minuit Production Nicolas Schmerkin
*“A Matter of Loaf and Death” An Aardman Animations Production Nick Park
I will never give a PHUCK

Best live action short film Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“The Door” An Octagon Films Production Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
*“Instead of Abracadabra” A Directörn & Fabrikörn Production Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
*“Kavi” A Gregg Helvey Production Gregg Helvey
* “Miracle Fish” A Druid Films Production Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
*“The New Tenants” A Park Pictures and M & M Production Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson
These people are not hearing me...I DON'T GIVE A FLYING PHUCK

Best in sound editing Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
*“The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
*“Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman
*“Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
*“Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers
2012 Should have nominated IMHO

Best in sound mixing Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
*“The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. 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
2012 Should have nominated IMHO
 

Hubscrown

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I know say we're all entitled to our opinions, but Hubs, you're just picking on films you didn't like. And you didn't like them for any good reason, just because they were great films and you were having an internal battle to join the bandwagon of praise. Truth is, D9 is an excellent movie, yeah they dissed us, but it doesn't take away the fact that it's an amazing flick. It would have been nominated for best original screeplay sef if not that he adapted it from his own short film.

Why would it be nominated for adapted screenplay???? It's an original story love it or hate it. Dude didn't take any book or existing movie to remake!

They nominate films none of us has ever heard before, we complain, they nominate the ones we go to see and you complain because you didn't like them...ol' boy shut it!

And Go easy on the English!
I got the right to hate on whoever and use words as they sound usable. :knuck

What happen to that short film you did awhile ago. The one with a guy with a gun or something..
 
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Best motion picture of the year Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
*“The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined
*“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: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
*“A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
*“Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
*“Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

The Maaavvvv!!

Wassup na? You think Avatar should win best director and best movie? I have no problem with it winning all the technical awards o, but the underlying story was kinda weak and unoriginal. Don't u think the dude should lose some points for that?

Oya, discuss!!stretch:
 

sidney

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1st choice
2nd choice

Best motion picture of the year Oscars 2010 Nominees:
  • *“Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
  • *“The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined
  • *“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: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
  • *“A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
  • *“Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
  • *“Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Best actor in a leading role Oscars 2010 nominees
  • * Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
  • * George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
  • * Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
  • * Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
  • * Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Best actor in a supporting role Oscars 2010 nominees
  • * Matt Damon in “Invictus”
  • * Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
  • * Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
  • * Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
  • * Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Best actress in a leading role Oscars 2010 nominees
  • * Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
  • * Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
  • * Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
  • * Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
  • * Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Best actress in a supporting role Oscars 2010 nominees
  • * Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
  • * Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
  • * Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
  • * Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
  • * Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Best animated feature film of the year Oscars 2010 nominees:
  • *“Coraline” Henry Selick
  • *“Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson
  • *“The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
  • *“The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
  • *“Up” Pete Docter

Best in art direction Oscars 2010 nominees:
  • *“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

Best in cinematography Oscars 2010 nominees:
  • *“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


Best Director Oscars 2010 Nominees:
  • *“Avatar” James Cameron
  • *“The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
  • *“Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino
  • *“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels
  • *“Up in the Air” Jason Reitman

Best documentary feature film Oscars 2010 Nominees:
  • *“Burma VJ” A Magic Hour Films Production Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
  • *“The Cove” An Oceanic Preservation Society Production Nominees to be determined
  • *“Food, Inc.” (Magnolia Pictures) A Robert Kenner Films Production Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
  • *“The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” A Kovno Communications Production Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
  • *“Which Way Home” A Mr. Mudd Production Rebecca Cammisa

Best in visual effects Oscars 2010 Nominees:
  • *“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

Best in Adapted screenplay Oscars 2010 Nominees:
  • *“District 9″ Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
  • *“An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
  • *“In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
  • *“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
  • *“Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Best in Original screenplay Oscars 2010 Nominees:
  • *“The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal
  • *“Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino
  • *“The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
  • *“A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • *“Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy
 

The Maverick

Well-Known Member
#14
The Maaavvvv!!

Wassup na? You think Avatar should win best director and best movie? I have no problem with it winning all the technical awards o, but the underlying story was kinda weak and unoriginal. Don't u think the dude should lose some points for that?

Oya, discuss!!stretch:
Discuss? Do you have the time? :)

but the underlying story was kinda weak and unoriginal.
This is your main bone of contention I believe, and therein lies the focal point of this discourse I suppose. "Unoriginal" you say...and my question to you is to tell me one best picture winner in the last 20 years that was predicated on a truly original story. No story is original, just retold in a different light or varying angles and perspectives.

However, I've heard people make similar comments like yours regarding the "weak" story. I beg to differ, what is weak about a story that tugs at the very core of existence and survival? Because they're 10' tall blue people, we fail to see the parallels to our own nature? What is the difference between the Nav'i and us (Africans), what is the difference between Natari and Pocahontas? The story is definitely not weak in my humble opinion, people might argue that they don't think it's strong enough, but certainly not WEAK. perhaps most viewers equate it as a weak story because they are blown away by the visuals they're witnessing and fail to see the scores of allegories and subjective undertones in the storyline.

The strength of the story is relative though. It depends on the viewers ideologies and beliefs. We've seen the story template many times both in real life and in the movies. "A powerful ___________ [corporation, government, entity], invades a foreign land/territory in search of something precious/important to their survival/growth, at the expense of the locals. Colonization of Africa, Pilgrim's take over of America, Cortez & his Spaniard hordes toppling the Aztec kingdom for gold, USA over Iraq for oil...a human corporation invades an alien planet for a precious metal...the list goes on.

When movies like Lost in Translation, Mystic River, Michael Clayton, Milk have won the best picture award, I don't see any reason why Avatar shouldn't have a shot at it. For the record, the movies I listed are utterly useless save for Mystic River, it's ok...
 

sidney

Well-Known Member
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Discuss? Do you have the time? :)


This is your main bone of contention I believe, and therein lies the focal point of this discourse I suppose. "Unoriginal" you say...and my question to you is to tell me one best picture winner in the last 20 years that was predicated on a truly original story. No story is original, just retold in a different light or varying angles and perspectives.

However, I've heard people make similar comments like yours regarding the "weak" story. I beg to differ, what is weak about a story that tugs at the very core of existence and survival? Because they're 10' tall blue people, we fail to see the parallels to our own nature? What is the difference between the Nav'i and us (Africans), what is the difference between Natari and Pocahontas? The story is definitely not weak in my humble opinion, people might argue that they don't think it's strong enough, but certainly not WEAK. perhaps most viewers equate it as a weak story because they are blown away by the visuals they're witnessing and fail to see the scores of allegories and subjective undertones in the storyline.

The strength of the story is relative though. It depends on the viewers ideologies and beliefs. We've seen the story template many times both in real life and in the movies. "A powerful ___________ [corporation, government, entity], invades a foreign land/territory in search of something precious/important to their survival/growth, at the expense of the locals. Colonization of Africa, Pilgrim's take over of America, Cortez & his Spaniard hordes toppling the Aztec kingdom for gold, USA over Iraq for oil...a human corporation invades an alien planet for a precious metal...the list goes on.

When movies like Lost in Translation, Mystic River, Michael Clayton, Milk have won the best picture award, I don't see any reason why Avatar shouldn't have a shot at it. For the record, the movies I listed are utterly useless save for Mystic River, it's ok...
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One of the greatest movies of all time "West Side Story", winner of multiple Oscars, was only the modern day retelling of Romeo and Juliet...
 
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