Anne Hathaway and Academy president Tom Sherak announce Oscar nominees
Anne Hathaway, Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married (2008), and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced the nominees in the top 2010 Oscar categories at the Academy's “nominations event” held at 5:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. (Click on the image above to enlarge it.)
There were no major surprises this year, though eyebrows were raised (there was some clapping as well) when John Lee Hancock's sentimental Sandra Bullock star vehicle The Blind Side was named one of the ten nominees – the first time there have been more than five Best Picture contenders since early 1944.
The other nine movies are:
Dir.: James Cameron.
Cast: Sam Worthington. Zoe Saldana. Sigourney Weaver.
- District 9.
Dir.: Neill Blomkamp.
Cast: Sharlto Copley. Jason Cope.
- An Education.
Dir.: Lone Scherfig.
Cast: Carey Mulligan. Peter Sarsgaard. Alfred Molina. Emma Thompson.
- The Hurt Locker.
Dir.: Kathryn Bigelow.
Cast: Jeremy Renner. Guy Pearce.
- Inglourious Basterds.
Dir.: Quentin Tarantino.
Cast: Brad Pitt. Michael Fassbender. Diane Kruger. Mélanie Laurent. Rod Taylor.
Dir.: Lee Daniels.
Cast: Gabourey Sidibe. Mo'Nique. Paula Patton. Mariah Carey.
- A Serious Man.
Dir.: Joel and Ethan Coe.
Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg. Richard Kind.
Dir.: Pete Docter.
Voice Cast: Edward Asner. Christopher Plummer.
- Up in the Air.
Dir.: Jason Reitman.
Cast: George Clooney. Vera Farmiga. Anna Kendrick.
'The Hurt Locker' vs. 'Avatar'
The two Best Picture favorites this year are the sci-fi adventure Avatar and the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker. Each has nine nominations, including Best Director. The Hurt Locker was also shortlisted in the Best Original Screenplay (Mark Boal) and Best Actor (Jeremy Renner) categories.
For the record, the 1943 Best Picture Oscar winner was Michael Curtiz's Casablanca. Other nominees included George Stevens' The More the Merrier, Clarence Brown's The Human Comedy, Mervyn LeRoy's Madame Curie, and Henry King's The Song of Bernadette.
'Oscar Night America' charities
The 2010 Oscar ceremony will contribute not only to the career of various film artists and technicians, but also to charities across the United States. On Sunday, March 7, official Oscar viewing parties will be hosted by charities in 51 U.S. cities as part of Oscar Night America (ONA), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' grassroots outreach program.
The Academy allows charity institutions throughout the country to host viewing parties on Oscar Night, with proceeds directly benefiting those charities. According to the Academy's press release, all parties will feature the live broadcast of the Oscar presentation, while some will include Hollywood-style party to-dos, including red carpet arrivals, the presence of local celebrities, predict-the-winner contests, live entertainment, and – why not – paparazzi.
Oscar Night 'specials'
The Academy sets these events apart from thousands of others taking place on Oscar Night by providing each ONA party with copies of the official commemorative poster and the official Oscar show program.
Only one charity party in a given media market may take part in ONA. The events are entirely produced by local nonprofit organizations, with the assistance of the local ABC-TV affiliate station.
Oscar Night America charities
The 2010 Oscar Night America charities and cities are (alphabetical by city):
- The Center for Family Resources, Atlanta, GA.
- LifeWorks, Austin, TX.
- AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Baltimore, MD.
- The Ellie Fund, Boston, MA.
- Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY.
- United Family Services, Charlotte, NC.
- Virginia Film Festival, Charlottesville, VA.
- Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
- People Working Cooperatively, Inc., Cincinnati, OH.
- USA Film Festival and KidFilm Festival, Dallas, TX.
- Denver Film Society, Denver, CO.
- Southgate Community Players, Detroit, MI.
- Waterfront Film Festival, Grand Rapids, MI.
- Community Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC.
- Junior League of Greenville, Greenville, SC.
- Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition, Hartford, CT.
- Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu, HI.
- Houston's Ronald McDonald House, Houston, TX.
- United Way of Central Indiana, Indianapolis, IN.
- Variety of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, MO.
- Variety - The Children's Charity of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.
- Wolfe Street Foundation, Inc., Little Rock, AR.
- Family & Children's Place, Louisville, KY.
- Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, Memphis, TN.
- Miami Beach Film Society & Cinematheque, Miami, FL.
- COA Youth & Family Centers, Milwaukee, WI.
- Aegis Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.
- The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN.
- American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter, New Orleans, LA.
- NYC & Company Foundation, New York, NY.
- Ronald McDonald House of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK.
- Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter, Omaha, NE.
- Variety - The Children's Charity of Florida, Orlando, FL.
- Palm Beach International Film Festival, Palm Beach, FL.
- Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, Philadelphia, PA.
- Arthritis Foundation Greater Southwest Chapter, Phoenix, AZ.
- Film Action Oregon, Portland, OR.
- Rhode Island International Film Festival, Providence, RI.
- Theatre In The Park, Raleigh, NC.
- Central Virginia Film Institute, Richmond, VA.
- Capital City AIDS Fund, Sacramento, CA.
- Cinema St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.
- Utah AIDS Foundation, Salt Lake City, UT.
- Special Olympics Texas, San Antonio, TX.
- San Diego Film Foundation, San Diego, CA.
- California Film Institute, San Francisco, CA.
- Starlight Children's Foundation - Washington, Seattle, WA.
- Isabel's House - Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks, Springfield, MO.
- Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL.
- Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation, Tucson, AZ.
- American Red Cross of the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C.
$3 million raised
The Academy's release adds that “last year 52 charities hosted viewing parties for the 81st Academy Awards with more than 16,000 guests in attendance nationwide. More than $3 million was raised, all of it remaining in local communities.”
The release adds that since its inception in 1994, Oscar Night America “has generated nearly $27 million in funding for a wide spectrum of charitable organizations – every cent staying within the community where it was raised.”
For the 17th consecutive year, Concept Marketing Development of Santa Barbara, California, will assist the Academy in coordinating the program.
The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the U.S., the Oscar show will be televised live by ABC.
Ted Sherak and Anne Hathaway photos: Todd Wawrychuk and Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) website.