My Oscar Nominations Wish List

The Academy Award nominations will be announced in about one week on Tuesday, February 2 at 5:30am PST. For now, I have compiled my own list of the major categories. Check them out and let me know what your nominations are! The bolded ones are my picks!

The Academy Awards will air Sunday, March 7, 2010.

Best Picture

  • (500) Days of Summer
  • An Education
  • A Single Man
    • This film will certainly not receive the statue and it may not even receive the nomination it rightfully deserves. When I think Best Picture, I think Best Everything, and this film has it all. The performances are incredible and the adaptation from script to screen is extremely gratifying. What Isherwood completes in writing Tom Ford enhances in both the script and the visuals of the film. The range of emotions in the film is simple yet it holds such an incredible tone of beauty throughout its entirety.
  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Los abrazos rotos
  • Nine
  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
  • Up in the Air

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Colin Firth — A Single Man
    • You can bet he won’t win it. Jeff Bridges will certainly take this statue home (I still have yet to see him in Crazy Heart), but I firmly believe Firth’s turn as a single, lonely, recovering man is incredible. Firth accomplishes so much emotion without even opening his mouth, and when he does – to only mutter a simple sentence – it flows confidently and desperately.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis — Nine
  • George Clooney — Up in the Air
  • Jeff Bridges — Crazy Heart
  • Willem Dafoe – Antichrist

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Carey Mulligan — An Education
    • Sandra Bullock has been taking home the awards lately. It seems to be that Bullock and Streep have been going head to head (and tying for the Critic’s Choice Award). But the real star in this category is Mulligan. There is such confident in her character, but Mulligan places the ignorance and naivety of a teenager right alongside it. Mulligan has truly made a breakthrough with this performance but, unfortunately, she will not receive proper recognition. Sandra Bullock, if you even get a nomination… >.<
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg — Antichrist
  • Emily Blunt — The Young Victoria
  • Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe — Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
  • Meryl Streep — Julia & Julia

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian McKay — Me and Orson Welles
  • Christoph Waltz — Inglorious Basterds
    • He’s been sweeping the awards and he deserves them all entirely. Waltz’s turn as a Nazi killer in Tarantino’s masterpiece is haunting and hilarious. There is so much joy watching this character unfold his cringing words with a smirk on his face. Waltz will get it, don’t you fret.
  • Matt Damon — Invictus
  • Stanley Tucci — The Lovely Bones

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Anna Kendrick — Up in the Air
  • Julianne Moore — A Single Man
  • Mo’Nique — Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    • As I said before, Mo’Nique is really the only woman in this category who has blown me away. Her transition from comedy to drama is impeccable – she embraced this role more than almost any role I’ve seen on film (however, nothing can beat Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose). As I said in my review of the film in November: Mo’ Nique will nab the Oscar.
  • Penelope Cruz — Nine
  • Vera Farmiga — Up in the Air


  • James Cameron — Avatar
    • Avatar, despite its incredibly lame and unoriginal script, is an original masterpiece of filmmaking. It’s the future, and James Cameron carried it.
  • Jason Reitman — Up in the Air
  • Lars von Trier – Antichrist
  • Lee Daniels – Precious: Based on the story Push by Sapphire
    • I know I’m stretching it here, putting six nominees, but I would like to say that, out of respect for Mr. Daniels, we need more black men in cinema. And we need more gay men in cinema. And he did an outstanding job with Precious.
  • Quentin Tarantino — Inglorious Basterds
  • Tom Ford – A Single Man

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • (500) Days of Summer – Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
  • Antichrist – Lars von Trier
  • A Serious Man – Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • The Hurt Locker — Mark Boal
  • Inglorious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino
    • He’ll get it.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • An Education – Nick Hornby
  • District 9 – Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tachell
  • Julia & Julia – Nora Ephron
  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire –
  • Up in the Air – Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner
    • They’ll get it.

Foreign Language Film

  • Los abrazos rotos
    • Out of the films that have been nominated for past awards, this is the only one I have seen. The only other one I’m really looking forward to is The White Ribbon.

Music (Score)

  • Avatar — James Horner
  • A Single Man –Abel Korzeniowski
    • Screw you, Up. This score is impeccable!
  • Up – Michael Giacchino
  • Where the While Things Are — Carter Burwell, Karen Orzolek

Music (Song)

  • Avatar — James Horner, Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrel (“I See You”)
  • Nine — Maury Yeston (“Cinema Italiano”)
  • Where the Wild Things Are — Karen Orzolek, Nick Zinner (“All Is Love”)


  • Avatar
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Nine
  • A Single Man


  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Nine

Costume Design

  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Nine
  • A Single Man
  • The Young Victoria

Art Direction

  • Avatar
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • A Single Man
  • The Young Victoria

Visual Effects

  • Avatar (duh)

Animated Feature Film

  • Coraline
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
    • This film is stunning with its animation. It’s one-of-a-kind yet Up keeps taking this category, when it is absolutely nothing new for Pixar.
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Up

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