Oscar Nominations – The Films They Overlooked

The backs in Hollywood must be pretty fucking sore from months of slappage but here comes the ultimate recognition reach-around in the form of the 82nd Academy Awards, or Oscars to you and me.

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But instead of a ‘who’s gonna win’ run-down (that’ll come on the week of the awards) or a ‘what this means’ to the industry (fuck if I know) instead enjoy a nonsensical rant about which films I’m upset have been ignored. Because it’s all about me and what I want. Waaaahhhh!!!

The big news this year was the doubling of the quota of Best Picture nominations from five to ten. The plan, to give a little more recognition to some of the smaller movies and, more cynically, to give some more popular ones (at least at the box office) a nod to show that the academy of voters wasn’t as stuffy as first thought. The intention, to get higher viewing figures from the masses.

But bollocks to the masses and whether they think Star Trek is one of the 10 best movies of the year. The Oscars is for film fans, like you and me, saddos that spend 90% of their lives glued to watching other peoples fictional lives. In that case maybe Star Trek should have got a nomination…

The Road
First up my biggest beef; Harry Potter and The Half Bloodied Hymen getting a nod for cinematography. Well, fuck me gently with a chainsaw! Kudos for giving The White Ribbon some praise for what is a gorgeously shot film, but how about some love for The Road. Speaking of which, nothing for Viggo Mortensen? Does Cormac’s adoration for the work of his excellent source material count for nothing?

(500) Days Of Summer
Okay a lot of people don’t like quirky little indie rom-coms. I do. Therefore the toys are out of the pram on this one. In previous years The Academy bent over backwards to heap love on Juno and Eternal Sunshine but this year, in the only category I really care about, Best Original Screenplay contains no lovey-doveyness at all. Except ‘that’ 5 minutes in Up which would have made Mussolini cry.

In fact the only real love story to get any joy is Avatar and as the guy at the bus-stop told me, “It’s fucking wrong innit, they should stick to their own, wot you gonna ‘ave fucking turquoise babies? blah, blah, blah”

Let The Right One In
This was actually snubbed last year but I’ve only just found out about it and I’m fucking furious. If the American remake even gets mentioned at the Oscars next year I’m gonna drain every ounce of blood from Hollywood and force them all to mouth fuck bats complete with pointy teeth until they apologise.

The Full List Of Nominations For The 82nd Academy Awards

BEST PICTURE
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up In the Air

BEST DIRECTOR
James Cameron, Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels, Precious
Jason Reitman, Up In The Air

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up In the Air
Anna Kendrick, Up In the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Mo’nique, Precious

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Matt Damon, Invictus
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones,
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
District 9
An Education
In The Loop
Precious
Up In The Air

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Hurt locker
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
The Messenger
Up

ART DIRECTION
Avatar
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Avatar
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon

COSTUME DESIGN
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
The Young Victoria

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Burma VJ
The Cove
Food Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of A GM Plant
Music By Prudence
Rabbit A La Berlin

FILM EDITING
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Ajami
El Secreto
Desus Ojos
The Milk of Sorrow
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

MAKE-UP
Il Divo
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

MUSIC: ORIGINAL SCORE
Avatar
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes
Up

MUSIC: ORIGINAL SONG
The Princess and The Frog – Almost There
The Princess and The Frog – Down In New Orleans
Paris 36 – Loin de Panane
Nine – Take It All
Crazy Heart – The Weary Kind

SHORT FILM: ANIMATED
French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady And The Reaper
Logorama
A Matter of Loaf and Death

SHORT FILM: LIVE ACTION
The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Kavi
Miracle Fish
The New Tenants

SOUND EDITING
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

VISUAL EFFECTS
Avatar
District 9
Star Trek

BEST ANIMATED PICTURE
Coraline
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Princess And The Frog
The Secret Of Kells
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Owen Nicholls is the Editor of thisfilmison, a website devoted to film news, reviews and swearing that makes him think he’s all grown up.