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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday Bears: 2010 Oscar Nominees

Two days after the Grammy's shamed the idea of award shows yet again, the Academy Awards released their list of nominees for the year's best in film. James Cameron's super-mega blockbuster Avatar, as expected, led the way with nine total nominations, including Best Picture among the newly expanded ten nominees.

Katheryn Bigelow's Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker, with nine nominations as well, is the early-front runner for Best Picture, claiming space on many end of 2009 lists as the year's best movie. Other nominees include Quentin Tarantino's Nazi remake Inglorious Basterds, Neil Blomkamp's low-budget alien epic District 9, and Pixar's Up, the first animated feature to be nominated for the award in 18 years (Beauty and the Beast), and only the second time in history.

Best Picture Nominees:
  • Avatar
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Precious
  • Up in The Air
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Up
  • District 9
  • An Education
  • A Serious Man
  • The Blind Side
The Blind Side, an unexpected box-office success, was the only real wild-card of the ten films. Despite it's high grossing numbers and career role for actress Sandra Bullock, the film is a little light on critical appeal, compared to the other nine films (70% on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to The Hurt Locker's 97%). Still, the expansion to ten nominees was brought back to get those fan-favorites a little light.

Check out the full list of Academy Award nominees here ...

The 82 annual Academy Awards will be held March 7, at 8 p.m., on ABC.

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