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This morning, nominees for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards were announced, and there were more than a few shockers. Read on and let us know if you agree!
- In the Best Picture category:
The biggest shocker is the nomination of The Blind Side, a movie that many critics disliked but audiences loved; we knew that Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep would be the lead contenders for Best Actress nomination, but we expected Streep's movie (Julie & Julia), not Bullock's, to make the Best Picture list. Speaking of Best Picture, this year marks the first time two movies by female directors have been nominated: The Hurt Locker (directed by Kathryn Bigelow) and An Education (directed by Lone Scherfig)... then again, it could have been four, if Julie & Julia (directed by Nora Ephron) and Bright Star (directed by Jane Campion) had made the cut. And even though Star Trek didn't get a Best Picture nod, it's a good year for sci-fi fans: both Avatar and District 9 were nominated, the first science-fiction films honored with nominations since 1982's E.T.
- In the Best Supporting Actress category:
Penelope Cruz got nominated for her role in the box office bomb Nine and Maggie Gyllenhaal made the ballot for Crazy Heart. But Julianne Moore (A Single Man) and Samantha Morton (The Messenger) -- both Oscar-nominated in the past -- were overlooked in favor of first-time nominees Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick (George Clooney's costars in Up in the Air). As for Mo'Nique's Precious nomination, well, that surprised nobody!
- In the Best Animated Film category:
In a super-competitive year, an underdog still managed to sneak in. Nominated alongside Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess and the Frog and Up is a beautiful little Irish movie called The Secret of Kells (visit the film's official site here.) Surprisingly, A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey was overlooked, as was the box office hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. But Pixar fans will rejoice about Up's five nominations, including Best Picture.
Are you surprised by any Oscar nominations this year? Chime in below!