Oscar Nominations Are Out! Sandra & Meryl Will Battle It Out for Best Actress!

Tue, February 2, 2010 9:01am EST by 1 Comment

0119109_sandra_bullock_teaser_544_5845047Oscar nomations were just announced in Hollywood, and there were no big surprises — except for in the new supersized Best Picture category, where sci-fi flick District 9 got a nod and Golden Globe winner The Hangover didn’t!

First-time nominee Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep led the Best Actress nominees for their roles in The Blind Side and Julie & Julia, and Kathryn Bigelow became only the fourth woman in the history of the Oscars to get a Best Director nomination for The Hurt Locker.

Sandra told the Today show just after she learned of her nom that the honor was “overwhelming” and that she’s going to do a lot of preparation before the Oscars on Mar. 7: “I do believe some liposuction is in order, a very strict diet, and I will acquire a very light English accent.”

The stars of Precious, Mo’Nique and Gabourey Sidibe, were also nominated, for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, respectively, as was their movie, for Best Picture.

Jeff Bridges was nominated for an Oscar for the fifth time for his performance in Crazy Heart, along side Morgan Freeman for his fourth Oscar nomination for Invictus.

The Hurt Locker and Avatar got the big nomination haul, with nine nominations each.

And the nominations are…

Best Motion Picture Of The Year
“Avatar” A Lightstorm Entertainment Production James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers (20th Century Fox)
“The Blind Side” An Alcon Entertainment Production Nominees to be determined (Warner Bros.)
“District 9” A Block/Hanson Production Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers (Sony Pictures Releasing)
“An Education” A Finola Dwyer/Wildgaze Films Production Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers (Sony Pictures Classics)
“The Hurt Locker” A Voltage Pictures Production Nominees to be determined (Summit Entertainment)
“Inglourious Basterds” A Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg Production Lawrence Bender, Producer (The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures)
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
A Lee Daniels Entertainment/Smokewood Entertainment Production
Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
“A Serious Man” A Working Title Films Production
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers (Focus Features)
“Up” A Pixar Production Jonas Rivera, Producer (Walt Disney)
“Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) A Montecito Picture Company Production
Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role
Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)
George Clooney in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
Colin Firth in “A Single Man” (The Weinstein Company)
Morgan Freeman in “Invictus” (Warner Bros.)
Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)

Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role
Matt Damon in “Invictus” (Warner Bros.)
Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones” (DreamWorks in association with Film4, Distributed by Paramount)
Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role
Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side” (Warner Bros.)
Helen Mirren in “The Last Station” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Carey Mulligan in “An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia” (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role
Penélope Cruz in “Nine” (The Weinstein Company)
Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)
Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Best Animated Feature Film Of The Year
“Coraline” (Focus Features) Henry Selick
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” (20th Century Fox) Wes Anderson
“The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney) John Musker and Ron Clements
“The Secret of Kells” (GKIDS) Tomm Moore
“Up” (Walt Disney) Pete Docter

Original Screenplay
“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Written by Mark Boal
“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Written by Quentin Tarantino
“The Messenger” (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
“A Serious Man” (Focus Features) Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Up” (Walt Disney) Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter
Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Achievement In Directing
“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) James Cameron
“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Kathryn Bigelow
“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Quentin Tarantino
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate) Lee Daniels
“Up in the Air” Spring Pictures and DW Studios) Jason Reitman

More to come …

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