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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Death from Above: Minor Update

Between school and work, I'm just exhausted right now. Add on top of that, I am currently feeling under the weather and that would explain my lack of updates recently. This Oscar season has obviously been very difficult for me and I apologize for my horrible coverage this year. I hope to have two more updates before the big show, which is shockingly a week from today. I will say that the Oscar contest is making a run at 100 ballots. We just crossed 70, so it's possible. Only time will tell. For now, I'm just going to try to get better and write something in the next couple days.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Do You Wanna Get Laid Tomorrow?

You can thank me later. This was on the L Magzine site and edited by Matt Zoller Seitz. I have to say this video definitely makes you want to kiss someone.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Oscar Update: 3 Weeks Away

We're less than a month away and it's amazing that many of the top races seem to be all, but over. I'm doing this update just because I partly feel like I have to. Though, I will say that Best Picture is still very much anyone's game. The preferential balloting makes this race very intriguing and complicated. Honestly, it's going to be very difficult to pick with great confidence.

Also, if the Oscar contest is up. Click HERE to enter. The number of entrants is quickly rising, so I think this is going to be real competitive. I'm really curious if anyone will break my record. I'm also curious if I can break my own record.

Best Picture
1. (-) Avatar
2. (-) The Hurt Locker
3. (-) Inglourious Basterds
4. (-) Up in the Air
5. (-) Precious
6. (-) Up
7. (-) The Blind Side
8. (-) An Education
9. (-) District 9
10. (-) A Serious Man

Like I said after nominations came out. Forget about A Serious Man, District 9, An Education, and The Blind Side right away. I've heard some rumors that Up could make some noise due to the preferential ballot. It very well could, but will it win? No way. Up in the Air and Precious are two films that have absolutely no buzz anymore. It's amazing too since these two films seemed like the frontrunners early in the season. The consensus seems to be a three race horse. I firmly believe this to be very accurate. And you wouldn't look like a fool if you ranked these three films in any order.

With Harvey Weinstein behind it, Inglourious has to be seriously considered. This film could benefit a lot from the preferential system by getting many number two votes. It could sneak out of nowhere and pull a big shocker. This film is definitely deserving, it's just that the awards season has been dominated by Avatar and The Hurt Locker.

I was reading the other day that The Hurt Locker won the PGA on a preferential voting system. I'm sure a lot of people don't know that, so I think it is definitely worth noting. Here's why I think Avatar may very well knock off Hurt Locker. There's 10 nominees. Even more than Basterds, Avatar seems to be a number one and number two film. I'll even admit I would put it no lower than number two. If there were only five nominees with the preferential system than I think the advantage shifts strongly to Hurt Locker.

I'm still a little weary about the Academy awarding an Iraq war film. It just doesn't seem right and right now I'm going with Avatar. With a month to go, I'm sure I will be going back and forth on this.

Best Director
1. (-) Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
2. (-) James Cameron, Avatar
3. (-) Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
4. (-) Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
5. (-) Lee Daniels, Precious

Bigelow won the DGA and that is the best Oscar precursor of all the guild awards. Yes, she is a woman and a woman has never won Best Director. Well, a woman has to win eventually. Cameron is her best competition, but he has already won. The Hurt Locker is a critically acclaimed film and I could easily see a Avatar/Hurt Locker Best Picture/Best Director split.

Best Actor
1. (-) Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
2. (-) George Clooney, Up in the Air
3. (-) Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
4. (-) Morgan Freeman, Invictus
5. (-) Colin Firth, A Single Man

Firth is just happy to be here. Freeman was the frontrunner over the summer, but as history tells us that means nothing. Clint's film didn't make any noise this year and Morgan already has an Oscar anyway. Renner has The Hurt Locker on his side, but I feel like he is simply too unknown. Unless the Academy has a serious unknown love for this film, then I can't see him winning. If Clooney didn't have to beat Bridges, then I would say this race is still wide open. Problem is that Bridges is a well respected actor from a family of well respected actors. Plus, it doesn't help that Clooney won an Oscar a few years back. Unlike Mickey Rourke last year, Jeff Bridges is someone the Academy has no problem embracing and I think he is well deserving for his role and career. This seems to be locked up.

Best Actress
1. (-) Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
2. (-) Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
3. (-) Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
4. (-) Carey Mulligan, An Education
5. (-) Helen Mirren, The Last Station

Mirren won too recently and no one has even seen The Last Station. Mulligan lost all her buzz. Sidibe did too. Everyone who is following this race knows it's Bullock vs. Streep. This race reminds me a lot of 2006 when Alan Arkin scored an upset over frontrunner Eddie Murphy. Murphy was winning everything, but lost to the veteran. This is obviously a little different. Besides Bullock not releasing Norbit weeks before the Oscars, she also is in a better position to win. The Blind Side obviously has support from the Academy due to the Best Pic nomination. She won the SAG and seems to be friends with everyone. Eddie Murphy had this asshole quality to him. Rourke suffered the same thing. Of course the question is how much does the Academy love Streep? Well, she does have the record for most nominations for an actor. Yes, she has two Oscars, but it's been so long. Do Academy members realize this and vote for her? I honestly question the intelligence of some Academy members, so I would say they have no idea it's been over 25 years since Meryl's last win. To me it comes down to Julie & Julia having no support from the Academy. That's the deal breaker for me. Though, this race is far from over.

Best Supporting Actor
1. (-) Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
2. (-) Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
3. (-) Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
4. (-) Matt Damon, Invictus
5. (-) Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

Like Heath Ledger's path to the Oscars last year, this one is very similar. Waltz has won everything and the competition is even weaker than the one that Ledger faced. I'm not even going to dissect this race anymore for the rest of the season. It's all over.

Best Supporting Actress
1. (-) Mo'Nique, Precious
2. (-) Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
3. (-) Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
4. (-) Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
5. (-) Penelope Cruz, Nine

Can I just write see Best Supporting Actor race? Seriously, both supporting races are all over. Mo'Nique should just get her acceptance speech ready. I wonder what it is like to know you're going to win an Oscar weeks before the show?

Best Original Screenplay
1. (-) Inglourious Basterds
2. (-) The Hurt Locker
3. (-) Up
4. (-) A Serious Man
5. (-) The Messenger

This is one of the most intriguing races this year. It pits Basterds vs. Hurt Locker in a race that could dictate how the show will go. I expect a win for Basterds since I think Tarantino has to go home with something. These screenplay races seem like consolation prizes so many times. Tarantino has also just written an amazing script. A win for Hurt Locker would obviously show how strong support this film has. It wouldn't be a huge upset, but it would send a message and possibly foreshadow a win for Best Picture. The WGA for this will be big for both films. Something that we all have to keep our eye on as it will shift this race.

Best Adapted Screenplay
1. (-) Up in the Air
2. (-) Precious
3. (-) An Education
4. (-) District 9
5. (-) In the Loop

Up in the Air will probably lose every major race, but this one. This is one category that it has been winning throughout the season. Precious could upset, but it seems unlikely. Up in the Air won the Globe, Scripter, and will probably win the WGA. A win at the guild should cement its status as the frontrunner and should give Up in the Air a consolation prize it deserves. We can also all be jealous of Jason Reitman for being an Oscar winner and making three really good movies all before turning 40.

Complete Oscar Predictions

Best Picture: Avatar
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, Precious
Best Original Screenplay: Inglourious Basterds
Best Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air
Best Animated Feature: Up
Best Art Direction: Avatar
Best Cinematography: Avatar
Best Costume Design: The Young Victoria
Best Documentary - Feature: The Cove
Best Documentary - Short Subject: The Last Truck
Best Film Editing: The Hurt Locker
Best Foreign Language Film: The White Ribbon
Best Makeup: Star Trek
Best Original Score: Up
Best Original Song: "The Weary Kind", Crazy Heart
Best Short - Animated: A Matter of Loaf and Death
Best Short - Live Action: The Door
Best Sound Editing: Avatar
Best Sound Mixing: Avatar
Best Visual Effects: Avatar

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

3rd Annual Oscar Contest is Here

Part of me feels like it is too early, but with a little less than a month to go, it's time for the Oscar contest to begin. Click HERE. Prizes and all that jazz are still being determined. I'm actually running this contest on LAMB as well, so I'm hoping there are going to be a lot of submissions. I'm going to give away $100 Fandango bucks to anyone that can break my record of 22 correct picks. Can it be done? I highly doubt it, but never say never.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Oscar Poster

I honestly don't dig this poster at all. Especially if you compare it to last year's, which I think was really well done.

In somewhat related news, expect the Oscar contest to be launched tomorrow. We still have a month to go before the show, so there's no huge rush. I got no class tomorrow, so it leaves plenty of time to post the contest on this blog, LAMB, and facebook.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Watch Best Picture nominees at AMC

I have yet to attend one of these events, but AMC has a great offer where you can watch all the Best Picture nominees and get a popcorn for $40 dollars. Apparently they will be showing Avatar (in 3D where applicable) plus four other nominees. The other films will be decided by fan voting. That more or less eliminates A Serious Man and An Education. I would also say Up in the Air, The Hurt Locker, and Precious may also be in trouble. It really depends what kind of fans vote on this. I feel like this is going to be like the NBA all star game where fans vote in Allen Iverson even though he sucks right now. This may be a wait and see event.

Preferential System Could Mean "Upset"

As many people already know, with 10 best picture nominees, there is a new voting system being used for Best Picture. Rather than simply check out one film, members will be forced to rank them in order. This is confusing some people. Most assume this is just simply a head to head battle between Avatar and The Hurt Locker. This year more than any other there is a greater chance of an upset from Inglourious Basterds, Up in the Air, Precious, etc. The point is, Best Picture is going to be tough to call with great confidence. The safe bet is Avatar or Hurt Locker, but don't be surprised.

Steve Pond at USA Today did a great job looking at this process. I found it very interesting as he provided an example where the film with the second most number one votes wins Best Picture rather than the one with the most. Click HERE to check it out.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

It's Time to Get Serious in Oscar Land

Here are the nominees, ladies and gentlemen. After months of speculation, we finally actually can get really serious in looking at these races and figuring out exactly who and what have legit shots at Oscar glory. My first reaction this morning was simply the watered down Best Picture race. I wasn't the only one, but I told you so. The Blind Side does not deserve a nomination. I don't care what you say. It doesn't belong there. Otherwise, somewhat predictable list. Nice to see a film like District 9 get nominated and as expected an animated film (Up) joined the ten nominees. Still at the end of the day how great would have the five nominees of Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, and Up in the Air looked all by themselves. It's quite possible the Academy would have screwed up and replaced one of the aforementioned films with The Blind Side, but still it's fun to think of how much stronger five nominees look. Not only that, it looks more prestigious. Now, we have to listen to commercials for the next month saying The Blind Side and Best Picture nominee in the same sentence. Oh well...

When you look at the Best Picture race though, it's still rather easy to get a real good idea of what actually has a chance. Automatically eliminate The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, A Serious Man, and Up. If you want to get really bold, then eliminate Precious and Up in the Air as well. Both films peaked way too early and the buzz is almost dead for them. It really comes down to a three way race of Avatar, Hurt Locker, and Basterds. With the preferential ballot (rank the films rather than choose one) this year, I could see either of these films winning. It's possible there could be a huge upset, but I'm not buying it right now. Basterds is the upset to me and I think it has a legit shot to win Picture. Though, most people will probably be debating between the two most dominate films this awards season. Each got nine nominations this morning, so throw out the theory that the film with the most nominations has the edge. It looked like Avatar was going to run away with this after the amazing box office and Golden Globe win, but The Hurt Locker has bounced back and is stronger than ever with the guild wins. For that reason, I have to go with Ms. Bigelow's film right now. It just feels right even though a war film does scare me a little.

Speaking of Ms. Bigelow, it's hard to also not go against the DGA and pick against her. Yes, she is a woman, but I think the Academy is ready to give it to her. I also think some people just find James Cameron pretentious and the guy already has an Oscar. The DGA is the best guild predictor and I don't see them being wrong. This is a two person race all the way in my mind and one of the more intriguing stories of the awards season considering the two of them were married for a short period of time in the late '80s.

The acting races are really boring this year as I feel like three out of the four are more or less locked up. Especially the supporting roles, which seem to be all about Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds and Mo'Nique in Precious. They have each been winning everything and I don't think that is going to change on Oscar night. The Supporting Actor race I personally think is even weaker than last year when the late Heath Ledger dominated the season. Would I love to see Anna Kendrick win an Oscar? Of course, but I'm going to have to wait another year. The Best Actor race has also turned out to be a boring one as Jeff Bridges just picked up steam and basically started to win everything. Early frontrunners such as Clooney and Freeman have done almost nothing this season. I'd make an argument that I think Jeremy Renner has a better shot at winning this than George and Morgan. Clearly, the Academy likes The Hurt Locker, so maybe it can pull off a huge upset and take an acting prize.

The only race on the acting side seems to be Best Actress, but even that is turning into the Sandra Bullock show. The Blind Side is well liked and Sandra Bullock is well liked. Due to a weak field, it just feels like a golden opportunity to give her the actress prize. Do I agree with it? Not really, but looking at the nominees, who else is there really? Both Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe peaked way too early. Mulligan couldn't even win the Globe for a British film, which is voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press. Helen Mirren won too recent and The Last Station is not a very well known film. Or at least I haven't seen it yet. That leaves Streep as the person to take out Bullock. For some reason, people love nominating her, but she never wins. Her last win was Sophie's Choice back in '82. This could be a situation similar to 2006 when Alan Arkin lost to Eddie Murphy in every award show, but took home the Oscar. I could easily see that happening here. Meryl is due, but the biggest problem is that Julie & Julia is not that great of a film. Best Actress is the film's only nomination. That creates an immediate problem and that is my problem with going with Streep right now.

While Up in the Air may struggle to win Picture, Directing, and Acting, I do see it taking Best Adapted Screenplay. The WGA is in a couple weeks and that should shed further light on this situation. I have always seen these writing awards as a consolation prize. Ask Lost in Translation, Sideways, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Milk, etc. Up in the Air could very well join that list of films. The only film that could give it a little trouble is Precious, but that film just peaked way too early (I know I've already said that). Original Screenplay is a little more interesting as this is going to be interesting between The Hurt Locker and Basterds. I want to go with Basterds as I think Tarantino deserves something, but The Hurt Locker is so strong right now. This early showdown could be an early indicator of whether or not, Hurt Locker will have a huge night. My heart says Basterds, but my brain says Locker. My brain managed to get 22 out of 24 categories correct last year. For that reason, I'm sticking to my brain.

I'm not going to get into individual initial thoughts on many of the other technical races yet. Though, expect a huge showing from Avatar. That will come soon with the Oscar Series. I'm not 100% sure when that will be launched. I'm also not sure when the Oscar contest will be launched. Stay tuned for that. Hopefully, I'll have it ready to go by the weekend. Here's a complete list of my predicted winners if I had to pick right now.

Complete Oscar Predictions:

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, Precious
Best Original Screenplay: The Hurt Locker
Best Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air
Best Animated Feature: Up
Best Art Direction: Avatar
Best Cinematography: Avatar
Best Costume Design: The Young Victoria
Best Documentary - Feature: The Most Dangerous Man in America
Best Documentary - Short Subject: The Last Truck
Best Film Editing: The Hurt Locker
Best Foreign Language Film: The White Ribbon
Best Makeup: Star Trek
Best Original Score: Avatar
Best Original Song: "The Weary Kind", Crazy Heart
Best Short - Animated: A Matter of Loaf and Death
Best Short - Live Action: The New Tenants
Best Sound Editing: Avatar
Best Sound Mixing: Avatar
Best Visual Effects: Avatar

82 Annual Academy Award nominees

Thoughts coming very soon, but here are the complete list of nominees this year.

Best Picture

* “Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
* “The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined
* “District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
* “An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
* “The Hurt Locker” Nominees to be determined
* “Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
* “A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
* “Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
* “Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Actor in a Leading Role

* Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
* George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
* Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
* Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
* Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Actor in a Supporting Role

* Matt Damon in “Invictus”
* Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
* Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
* Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
* Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Actress in a Leading Role

* 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”
* Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Actress in a Supporting Role

* Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
* Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
* Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
* Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
* Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Animated Feature Film

* “Coraline” Henry Selick
* “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson
* “The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
* “The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
* “Up” Pete Docter

Art Direction

* “Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
* “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
* “Nine” Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
* “Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
* “The Young Victoria” Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray


* “Avatar” Mauro Fiore
* “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel
* “The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd
* “Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson
* “The White Ribbon” Christian Berger

Costume Design

* “Bright Star” Janet Patterson
* “Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier
* “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme
* “Nine” Colleen Atwood
* “The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell


* “Avatar” James Cameron
* “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
* “Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels
* “Up in the Air” Jason Reitman

Documentary (Feature)

* “Burma VJ” Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
* “The Cove” Nominees to be determined
* “Food, Inc.” Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
* “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
* “Which Way Home” Rebecca Cammisa

Documentary (Short Subject)

* “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
* “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
* “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
* “Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
* “Rabbit à la Berlin” Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Film Editing

* “Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
* “District 9” Julian Clarke
* “The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
* “Inglourious Basterds” Sally Menke
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Joe Klotz

Foreign Language Film

* “Ajami” Israel
* “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Argentina
* “The Milk of Sorrow” Peru
* “Un Prophète” France
* “The White Ribbon” Germany


* “Il Divo” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
* “Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
* “The Young Victoria” Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Music (Original Score)

* “Avatar” James Horner
* “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat
* “The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
* “Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer
* “Up” Michael Giacchino

Music (Original Song)

* “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
* “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
* “Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
* “Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
* “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Short Film (Animated)

* “French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert
* “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
* “The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia
* “Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
* “A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

Short Film (Live Action)

* “The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
* “Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
* “Kavi” Gregg Helvey
* “Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
* “The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Sound Editing

* “Avatar” Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
* “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
* “Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman
* “Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
* “Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Sound Mixing

* “Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
* “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
* “Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
* “Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
* “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Visual Effects

* “Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
* “District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
* “Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

* “District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
* “An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
* “In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
* “Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Writing (Original Screenplay)

* “The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal
* “Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino
* “The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
* “A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
* “Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy