Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

I admit it, I'm an Award Addict. I love the looks they get
on their faces when their names are announced. I love the
speeches they make, the people they thank; I can almost hear
their hearts thumping away at the excitement of it all.

This morning the Academy announced the nominees in each category.
There was a big change this year. They nominated TEN films for
Best Picture instead of the usual five. The audience, made up
mostly of journalists and early morning eager members, seemed
to like the idea of ten nominees for Best Picture. The one
question I'd like to ask is, WHY do they have it so EARLY in
the morning? What's wrong with NOON ?? Works for me.

The poster for the 82nd Awards hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

Three of our most famous film Directors:
Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg.

The Fairbanks Center, home of The Margaret Herrick Library

The Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study

The site of the future Motion Picture Academy Museum.
They predict it will open in four years. Break ground in two.



Best Picture

The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
UP in the Air

Best Director

James Cameron, 'Avatar'
Kathryn Bigelow, 'The Hurt Locker'
Quentin Tarantino, 'Inglourious Basterds'
Lee Daniels, 'Precious'
Jason reitman, 'Up in the Air'

Best Actor

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

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock, 'Blind Side'
Helen Mirren, 'The Last Station'
Carey Mulligan, 'An Education'
Gabourey Sidibe, 'Precious'
Meryl Streep, juli and julia

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon, 'Invictus'
Woody Harrelson, 'The Messenger'
Christopher Plummer, 'The Last Station'
Stanley Tucci, 'The Lovely Bones'
Christoph Waltz, 'Inglourious Basterds'

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz, 'Nine'
Vera Farmiga, 'Up in the Air'
Maggie Gyllenhaal, 'Crazy Heart'
Anna Kendrick, 'Up'
Mo'nique, 'Precious'

Best Animated Feature Film
'Fantastic Mr. Fox'
'The Princess and the Frog'
The Secret of Kells'

Best Foreign Film

Israel - 'Ajami'
Argentina - 'El Secreto de sus Ojos'
Peru - 'The Milk of Sorrow'
France - 'Un Prophete'
Germany - 'The White Ribbon'

Best Original Screenplay
Mark Boal, 'The Hurt Locker'
Quentin Tarantino, 'Inglourious Basterds'
Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, 'The Messenger'
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, 'A Serious Man'
Peter Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy, 'Up'

Best Adapted Screenplay

'District 9'
''An Education'
'In the Loop'
'Up in the Air'

Best 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


The most fascinating area of the Awards this year, is the apparent success of
Sandra Bullock, when two of the nominees in the same category are no other
than two of the world's Best Actresses ever: Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep.

Can you imagine how Ms.Sandra feels, having bested them both at
The Golden Globes AND at the Screen Actors Guild Awards? I mean,
that last one is voted on by her peers! That's quite a stamp
of approval for her, and if she wins The Oscar, I cannot imagine
that she won't mention her pride at being in the same category
with those two ladies, and then winning.

It all takes place on Sunday night, March 7. Check your local
times for airing on ABC Television Network. Out East it's 8 PM.
I know where I live, it's at 6 PM. Of course, I always have to
watch every Red Carpet Channel to see all the gowns, and the
families and partners of the stars. Quite fun.






Ziegfeld Girls & Marilyn Miller 1929


I like to watch them both at the same time.

What time is it? I think it's NOW. (translated: Eastern Daylight Time)

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