Avatar, District 9 and Up In The Air lead the Oscar Nominations

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

Well, the Oscars are exciting times around these parts and this list of nominees definitely has some drama to it.  AVATAR leads the way with 9 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for James Cameron.  But the question is whether or not the lack of an acting nomination will hurt its chances to win Best Picture.

In the acting category, there were no real surprises as the Best Actor is really down to Jeff Bridges and George Clooney, both well deserving for their great performances.  Meryl Streep gets her token, yearly nomination, but the real buzz is around Sandra Bullock for THE BLIND SIDE.

That leads us to the surprises and THE BLIND SIDE getting a Best Picture nomination is definitely a surprise for me.  But perhaps the biggest surprise from the list is the mass amount of love the Academy bestowed upon DISTRICT 9, giving the little film 4 nominations.  Perhaps most pleasing is the lack of noticeable snubs.  It seems everyone that deserved a nomination got one.

Let the debate begin about the merits of having 10 Best Picture nominations.  I’m not a fan of it, but I know there are plenty of people out there that love it.  I think it’s a little ironic that in one of the weakest years in memory as far as Oscar-caliber movies go, we get the switch to 10 nominations.

Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin

Check out the complete list of nominations.

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