Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Oscar Nominations 2010

So, the Oscars. A few adequate surprises in what is mostly a rehash of nominations we’ve seen over and over again this awards season.

I’m going to come right out and tell you which nomination excites me the most: Hans Zimmer’s Sherlock Holmes for Best Original Score. Say what you will about the film (I personally love it a little more than might be considered healthy), but there’s no denying that the music is superb. I’m so pleased to see it get recognised!

The Best Picture list is a nice, if predictable, list. Very pleased to see District 9 and Up recognised in there, but The Blind Side? Really? It must be a two-horse race between Avatar and The Hurt Locker, but I’d love to see an outsider like An Education steal it! For Best Director, I’m rooting for Kathryn Bigelow. I’ve seen embarrassingly few of this years’ main nominees, but I’m rooting for the lady, hands down.

So pleased to see Colin Firth nominated, but I’m betting Jeff Bridges is almost a certainty in the Best Actor category. I’d say betting against Sandra Bullock would be fairly foolish, too, but damn, if I’m not rooting for Carey Mulligan. Christoph Waltz must surely be another safe bet, and deservedly so, and Mo’Nique must be fairly certain for Best Supporting Actress, in what seems like a decidedly week category (as much as the inclusion of Anna Kendrick makes me happy!).

For Best Original Screenplay I am hoping against hope that Up steals it, even if simply for the line “I was hiding under your porch because I love you.” Similarly, I would love to see District 9 steal away the Best Adapted Screenplay award, and I’m also pleasantly surprised to see In the Loop recognised there.

Best Animated Feature shouldn’t even be up for discussion. Up.

I would get into the technical categories, but to be honest I mostly don’t understand them and would just be picking out my favourite films from the lists. Having said that, I’m still rooting Sherlock Holmes for Best Art Direction ;)

What're your thoughts on the nominations?