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The Oscar nominations have been announced. Nominations were announced by academy president Tom Sherak and 2008 oscar-nominated actress Anne Hathaway just now in Los Angeles at 5.38am PST.

In a first for a Science Fiction film, James Cameron’s Avatar is up for Best Picture and Best Director and 7 other categories.

The Hurt Locker is up for Best Actor, as well as Best Picture, Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow, former wife of James Cameron!) and also 6 other categories.

The other films up for best picture are The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up and Up in the Air.

The following at up for Best Actor: Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart, George Clooney in Up in the Air, Colin Firth in A Single Man, Morgan Freeman in Invictus, and Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker.

The following are up for Best Actress: Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, Helen Mirren in The Last Station, Carey Mulligan in An Education, Gabourey Sidibe in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, and Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia.

Of particular note for Star Trek fans are its four Oscar nominations, for Make-up, Sound editing, Sound mixing and Visual effects.

And here is the list of films with more than one nomination.

Avatar 9 Oscars nominations
The Hurt Locker 9 Oscars nominations
Inglorious Basterds 8 Oscars nominations
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire 6 Oscars nominations
Up in the Air 6 Oscars nominations
Up 5 Oscars nominations
District 9 4 Oscars nominations
Nine 4 Oscars nominations
Star Trek 4 Oscars nominations
Crazy Heart 3 Oscars nominations
An Education 3 Oscars nominations
The Princess and the Frog 3 Oscars nominations
The Young Victoria 3 Oscars nominations
The Blind Side 2 Oscars nominations
Fantastic Mr Fox 2 Oscars nominations
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2 Oscars nominations
Invictus 2 Oscars nominations
The Last Station 2 Oscars nominations
The Messenger 2 Oscars nominations
A Serious Man 2 Oscars nominations
Sherlock Holmes 2 Oscars nominations
The White Ribbon 2 Oscars nominations

Here is the general Press release…


BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced today (Tuesday, February 2) by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway.

Sherak and Hathaway, who was nominated for an Academy Award® for her lead performance in “Rachel Getting Married,” announced the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories at a 5:38 a.m. PT live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives. Lists of nominations in all categories were then distributed to the media in attendance and online via the official Academy Awards Web site, www.oscar.com.

Academy members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominations are selected by vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees; this year that category features 10 nominees instead of 5, as has been the case since 1943.

Nominations ballots were mailed to the 5,777 voting members in late December and were returned directly to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the international accounting firm, for tabulation.

Official screenings of all motion pictures with one or more nominations will begin for members this weekend at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Screenings also will be held at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and in London, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.

All active and life members of the Academy are eligible to select the winners in all categories, although in five of them – Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject and Foreign Language Film – members can vote only if they have seen all of the nominated films in those categories.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online More by Colin Davies

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