2010 Oscar Nominees

I think the Oscars are probably one of the few awards shows I actually enjoy.  For the second year in a row, we’ve gone to see the Best Picture nominees put on by AMC in one big binge.  This year due to there being 10 nominations instead of the usual 5, it was split up into two different weekends.  For shits and grins, I’ve posted my own ballot decisions here.  We’ll see how I do later tonight:

Leading Actor: Jeff Bridges (keeping in mind that the Academy remembers and occasionally feels bad for past transgressions)
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (I’ve never seen a more fastidious, evil character than in Inglorious Basterds.)
Leading Actress: Meryl Streep (I never saw Julie & Julia, but again, its been what 16 years since her last win. C’mon…)
Supporting Actress: No’Nique (‘Nuff said.  Wow.)
Animated Feature: Up (Pixar movies can’t do wrong.
Art Direction: Avatar
Cinematography: The Hurt Locker (and seeing this movie again yesterday made me really appreciate each and every shot.  Shaky-cam is something I really dislike, but I’ve gotta say there was enough locked shots that I wasn’t hurting too much.)
Costume Design: Nine (because the Academy loves a musical, even when the public derides it)
Directing: The Hurt Locker (because Avatar will sweep everything else)
Documentary Feature: Food, Inc.
Documentary Short: The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Film Editing: The Hurt Locker
Foreign Language Film: The White Ribbon
Makeup: Star Trek
Original Score: Up
Original Song:  “The Weary Kind” (Crazy Heart)
Short Film, Animated: A Matter of Loaf and Death (AARDMAN! How can you not love Wallace and Grommit?)
Short Film, Live Action: The Door
Sound Editing: The Hurt Locker
Sound Mixing: Avatar
Visual Effects: Avatar
Screenplay, Adapted: Up in the Air (too bad it won’t win anything else.
Screenplay, Original: Inglourious Basterds
Best Picture: Avatar (how can you deny $1 billion dollars?)