Oscars 2010: Nominations announced!

And the Academy Award for biggest surprise goes to...


The most exciting time of year for movie gong geeks has arrived... the Oscars 2010 are here. 

The nominations have been announced, so you can start officially arguing with your mates about whether James Cameron or Kathryn Bigelow should take home Best Director, whether Carey Mulligan is Britain’s brightest hope, and whether Brad Pitt should take out full-page ads in Variety complaining that he missed out on any acting recognition for his Inglourious Basterds accent.

Frankly, we think it’s scandalous that totalfilm.com friend Duncan Jones isn’t up for Best Picture for Moon, and that Sam Rockwell's missed out on a well-deserved Best Actor nod for the same film, but we’re glad that District 9 has been recognised.

But there are no real surprises in there - save for District 9 getting in the Best Picture line-up and In The Loop being written into Oscar history with a Best Adapted Screenplay nom - all the movies and movie people who have been muttered about for the past few months are present and correct.

Oscars 2010

Jason Reitman might be flying home with Best Adapted Screenplay for Up In The Air, Christoph Waltz's glorious Inglourious Basterds supporting turn has been recognised, and Avatar is in with a titanic chance of taking home Best Picture. 

What does surprise us is the fact that, compared to the past few years, Blighty is severely underrepresented, with only Nick Hornby, Colin Firth, Carey Mulligan, Helen Mirren and the In The Loop Boys raising the flag for our fine country.

Still, we’ll be there on 7 March when the winners are announced, slightly bleary-eyed (because we’re tired, NOT because we’re crying with joy if Jeremy Renner wins for Hurt Locker. Okay, maybe a little bit).

Keep your eye on the site for more Oscar goodness. But first, take a gander at the full list of noms below and tell us – who are some of your favourites?


Best Actress In A Supporting Role

Penelope Cruz - Nine

Vera Farmiga - Up In The Air

Maggie Gyllenhaal - Crazy Heart

Anna Kendrick - Up In The Air

Mo'nique - Precious


Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Matt Damon - Invictus

Woody Harrelson - The Messenger

Christopher Plummer - The Last Station

Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones

Cristoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds


Best Actress In A Leading Role

Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side

Helen Mirren - The Last Station

Carey Mulligan - An Education

Gabourey Sidibe - Precious

Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia


Best Actor In A Leading Role

Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart

George Clooney - Up In The Air

Colin Firth - A Single Man

Morgan Freeman - Invictus

Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker


Best Director

James Cameron - Avatar

Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker

Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds

Lee Daniels - Precious

Jason Reitman - Up In The Air


Best Original Screenplay

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

The Messenger

A Serious Man



Best Adapted Screenplay

District 9

An Education

In The Loop


Up In The Air


Best Foreign Language Film


El Secreto De Sus Ojos

La Teta Asus Tada

A Prophet

The White Ribbon


Best Animated Film

The Fantastic Mr Fox


The Princess and The Frog


The Secret of Kells


Best Picture


The Blind Side

District 9

An Education

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds


A Serious Man


Up in the Air


Best Cinematography


The White Ribbon

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds


Best Editing


District 9

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds


Best Art Direction


The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus


Sherlock Holmes

The Young Victoria

Best Costume Design

Bright Star

Coco avant Chanel

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus


The Young Victoria


Best Makeup

Il divo

Star Trek

The Young Victoria


Best Original Score

Avatar - James Horner

Fantastic Mr. Fox - Alexandre Desplat

The Hurt Locker - Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders

Sherlock Holmes - Hans Zimmer

Up - Michael Giacchino


Best Original Song

Crazy Heart - "The Weary Kind"

Faubourg 36 - "Loin de Paname"

Nine - "Take It All"

The Princess and the Frog - "Down in New Orleans"

The Princess and the Frog - "Almost There"


Best Sound Mixing


The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

Star Trek

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen


Best Sound Editing


The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

Star Trek



Best Visual Effects


District 9

Star Trek


Best Documentary, Features

Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land

The Cove

Food, Inc.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Which Way Home


Best Documentary, Short Subjects

China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province

The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant

Królik po berlinsku

Music by Prudence


Best Short Film, Animated

French Roast

Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty

La dama y la muerte


Wallace and Gromit in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death'

Best Short Film, Live Action

The Door

Istället för abrakadabra


Miracle Fish

The New Tenants


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    • theworstseats

      Feb 2nd 2010, 14:05

      The Blind side was far too sweet, although SB was good in it. Hurt Locker and Jeremy Renner FTW.

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    • alowe

      Feb 2nd 2010, 14:16

      Gutted/slightly angry about Sam Rockwell missing out. In what way is Clooney's distinctly Clooney-esque performance in Up In The Air worthy of a Best Actor Oscar?

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    • sashurst

      Feb 2nd 2010, 14:20

      Really, really happy District 9 is in the mix for Best Picture. I'll shoot a pig if it doesn't win. But I won't shoot a fookin' prawn.

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    • disappointed

      Feb 2nd 2010, 14:22

      No Sam Rockwell for Moon? No Sharlto Copley for District 9? No where The Wild Things Are? s**t Batman for Best Actor..? I'm disappointed.

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    • manfromthezoo

      Feb 2nd 2010, 15:05

      Raised a gelatinous proto-claw into the air when I saw District 9 there. Pleased about snobbery bypass Avatar acceptance, too. Let's face it, it's getting cool to 'dislike' Avatar in some circles.

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    • Dortmunder70

      Feb 2nd 2010, 16:13

      'getting cool to "dislike" Avatar?' what does that mean exactly? i think some people don't like it simply because its just not that great. Don't be so precious about it, As for getting a best Pic nomination, it's not exactly in the Schindlers List / The Godfather league is it.

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    • pimpernel

      Feb 2nd 2010, 17:03

      WALLACE AND GROMIT FTW! Brilliant. I just wish I'd seen more of these so I could properly judge! Damn life! Why must it get in the way of cinema-going! (And damn skintness too)

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    • DanRose

      Feb 2nd 2010, 18:07

      'it's getting cool to 'dislike' Avatar'. What are you 18? Worried what other people might think? Either you liked it or you didn't don't conform to what everyone else thinks you schmuck... Anyways, I too am happy District 9 got nominated, shame Sharlto Copley was not mentioned. Thought he was excellent, however I'm pleased that Renner is in there. Personally I would like to have seen Downey Junior in there for Holmes. I thought he was on top form and you get a sense he was thoroughly enjoying himself

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    • joker16

      Feb 2nd 2010, 20:24

      INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS = 8!!!!!!!!!, that's all I have to say.

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    • bentgaga

      Feb 3rd 2010, 3:10

      I'm sick of George Clooney. These aren't the teen choice awards, they should've had Sam Rockwell instead. Its seems like they go "oh that person was pretty good in that movie, lets nominate them" instead of "wow that person's performance was above and beyond, they deserve to be nominated" The process seems so-so these days.

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    • Nickey09

      Feb 5th 2010, 20:09

      Someone want to tell me PLEASE why the BEST PICTURE category has been extended to 10 and yet the BEST VISUAL EFFECTS category and BEST MAKE-UP still remains at 3??? And why the hell wasn't "District 9" nominated for BEST MAKE-UP???

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