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Teh Academy Awards

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Oh my goodness, guys. I'm actually goings to watch the Oscars for the first time this year. They've been absolutely useless to me in the past. Oscar-bait movies that pretend to make a superficial statement about something or other always win over actual quality movies that mean something. And then I get to watch some of my favorite comedians bomb in front of a hall of actors with sticks wedged up their asses. But I am so impressed with the nominations this year (mostly due to the ten nomination best picture category) that I'm going to subject myself to the ceremonies.

Here be the major award nominees.

Best Picture


The Blind Side

District 9

An Education

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire

A Serious Man


Up in the Air

Best Director

Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker

James Cameron – Avatar

Lee Daniels – Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire

Jason Reitman – Up in the Air

Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

Best Actor

Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart as Bad Blake

George Clooney – Up in the Air as Ryan Bingham

Colin Firth – A Single Man as George Falconer

Morgan Freeman – Invictus as Nelson Mandela

Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker as Sgt. William James

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side as Leigh Anne Tuohy

Helen Mirren – The Last Station as Sofya Tolstoy

Carey Mulligan – An Education as Jenny Miller

Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire as Clarieece "Precious" Jones

Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia as Julia Child

Best Supporting Actor

Matt Damon – Invictus as François Pienaar

Woody Harrelson – The Messenger as Capt. Tony Stone

Christopher Plummer – The Last Station as Leo Tolstoy

Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones as George Harvey

Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds as Col. Hans Landa

Best Supporting Actress

Penélope Cruz – Nine as Carla Albanese

Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air as Alex Goran

Maggie Gyllenhaal – Crazy Heart as Jean Craddock

Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air as Natalie Keener

Mo'Nique – Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire as Mary Lee Johnston

Best Original Screenplay

The Hurt Locker – Mark Boal

Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino

The Messenger – Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman

A Serious Man – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Up – Tom McCarthy, Bob Peterson and Pete Docter

Best Adapted Screenplay

District 9 – Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell from Alive in Joburg by Neill Blomkamp

An Education – Nick Hornby from An Education by Lynn Barber

In the Loop – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Ianucci and Tony Roche from The Thick of It created by Armando Iannucci

Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire – Geoffrey Fletcher from Push by Sapphire

Up in the Air – Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner from Up in the Air by Walter Kirn

Best Animated Feature

Coraline – Henry Selick

Fantastic Mr. Fox – Wes Anderson

The Princess and the Frog – Ron Clements and John Musker

The Secret of Kells – Tomm Moore

Up – Pete Docter

Best Foreign Language Film

Ajami (Israel) in Arabic and Hebrew – Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani

El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Argentina) in Spanish – Juan José Campanella

The Milk of Sorrow (Peru) in Spanish and Quechua – Claudia Llosa

Un Prophète (France) in French, Corsican and Arabic – Jacques Audiard

The White Ribbon (Germany) in German – Michael Haneke

Edited by Chickenman

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Yeah, Oscars!

It's the only awards show I actually try to watch anymore.

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