The 2009 Academy Award Nominations!

2 02 2010

Best Picture:
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up in the Air

Best Director:
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
James Cameron, “Avatar”
Lee Daniels, “Precious”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”

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

Best Actress:
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Best Supporting Actor:
Matt Damon, “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Supporting Actress:
Penelope Cruz, “Nine”
Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique, “Precious”

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

Random Factoid #189

2 02 2010

The history of Marshall hearing about the Oscar nominations, part 1:

In the year 2009…
I watched from my kitchen in utter shock as “The Dark Knight” failed to net nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Director, and, most importantly, Picture. I drove to school completely stunned and pissed, and I read the rest of the nominations there.

In the year 2008…
Crap. I can’t remember. Mainly because I had practically no stake in the awards. I had only seen “No Country for Old Men” and “Michael Clayton,” which I was sure would miss.

In the year 2007…
I had an orthodontist appointment in the morning, and I fretted that I wouldn’t be able to hear them live. I found them on Fox News’ XM Radio station and was infuriated when “Dreamgirls” didn’t get a Best Picture nomination. (And I realize this will probably open the floodgates for plenty of “Dreamgirls” hate comments. Bring it on. I’d be happy to receive your comment.)

I remember stories for several more years, but you’re going to have to wait…until NEXT YEAR to hear them. ┬áCheck back for the exciting sequel in 2011!

UPDATED 1/25/2011: Read part 2 HERE!