Tuesday, March 2

82nd Oscars Awards 2010 (Annual Academy Awards, March 7)

Oscar Nominated 'The Hurt Locker' on review:

Golden Globes winner and Oscar nominated film The Hurt Locker is about an elite army bomb squad out in Iraq facing many different and dangerous situations.

Avatar and The Hurt Locker landed 9 Academy Award nominations each, foreseeing the former and director James Cameron enjoying a clean sweep. Breaking all box-office records, Avatar is a juggernaut that nobody will be able to stop on Oscar night.

Following are the Oscars nominees and contenders for the Best Pictures are:

Is a 2009 Action/Science Fiction/Thriller film directed by James Cameron, starring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, and Giovanni Ribisi.
The Blind Side
Is a 2009 Drama/Sport film directed by John Lee Hancock, starring Sandra Bullock, Kathy Bates, Kim Dickens, Tim McGraw, and Quinton Aaron.

District 9
Is a 2009 Science Fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp, starring William Allen Young, Robert Hobbs, Sharlto Copley, Vanessa Haywood, and Jason Cope.

An Education
Is a 2009 Drama film directed by Lone Scherfig, starring Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Dominic Cooper, and Rosamund Pike.

Inglourious Basterds
Is a 2009 Action/Adventure/Drama film directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, and Daniel Brühl.

Is a 2009 Drama film directed by Lee Daniels, starring Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, and Lenny Kravitz.

A Serious Man
Is a 2009 Comedy film directed by Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen, starring Simon Helberg, Richard Kind, Adam Arkin, Michael Stuhlbarg, and George Wyner.

Is a 2009 Animation film directed by Pete Docter, and Bob Peterson, starring Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Paul Eiding, Edward Asner, and Jordan Nagai.

Up in the Air
Is a 2009 film directed by Jason Reitman, starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, and Danny R. McBride.

82nd OSCARS Awards Predictions for the Year 2010

Popular Oscars nominee for the major category is Best Actress, Sandra Bullock is the deserving and favorite. But it is likely that repeated-nominee Meryl Steep will prevail in them most difficult contest to handicap.

Predictions for Major Categories OSCARS Winners are:

Best Picture
Anticipated Winner: Avatar
While some say Avatar is only a slight favorite over The Hurt Locker, common sense says a flick which made over billion dollars is a shoo-in.
Deserves to Win: Precious
Overlooked: Taken, Drag Me to Hell and My Sister's Keeper.

Best Director
Anticipated Winner: James Cameron (Avatar)
Since this category is ordinary coupled with Best Picture, that makes James Cameron this critic's, although the oddsmakers have installed his ex, Kathryn Bigelow as a slight favorite for The Hurt Locker.
Deserves to Win: Lee Daniels (Precious)
Overlooked: Pierre Morel (Taken), My Sister's Keeper (Nick Cassavetes) and Sam Raimi (Drag Me to Hell)

Best Actor
Anticipated Winner: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
This is an easy category to handicap, even though it's not Bridges' best performance, because the Academy is inclined to reward never-recognized actors late in their career for their body of work.
Deserves to Win: Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
Overlooked: Liam Neeson (Taken) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer)

Best Actress
Anticipated Winner: Meryl Streep
It's great that Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) got all the early accolades, but Academy-darling Streep's delightful impersonation of Julia Child is apt to prove irresistible when it comes time to cast ballots.
Deserves to Win: Gabby Sidibe (Precious) will be ignored because she's a newcomer, despite being absolutely mesmerizing in her acting debut.
Overlooked: Tilda Swinton (Julia), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Two Lovers) and Zoeey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer)

Best Supporting Actor
Anticipated Winner: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Not much competition here for Waltz's nonpareil performance, other than Woody Harrleson (The Messenger) who will run a distant second.
Deserves to Win: Christoph Waltz
Overlooked: Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker)

Best Supporting Actress
Anticipated Winner: Mo'Nique (Precious)
I said, "Just give Mo'Nique the Oscar!" the same day I saw Precious back in October, and nothing I've seen since has made me regret making that premature call.
Deserves to Win: Mo'Nique (Precious)
Overlooked: Cameon Diaz (My Sister's Keeper) and Famke Janssen (Taken).
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