Best Supporting Actress nominee Vera Farmiga: Oscars' Red Carpet
Vera Farmiga arrives at the 82nd Academy Awards, held on March 7, '10, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Farmiga was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for her performance in Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, also featuring Oscar nominees George Clooney and, in the supporting category, Anna Kendrick.
As expected, the year's Best Supporting Actress winner was Mo'Nique, the favorite among American critics' groups. She plays Gabourey Sidibe's mother in Lee Daniels' urban drama Precious.
Previous Vera Farmiga movies include Breaking and Entering, Joshua, Nothing But the Truth, and Martin Scorsese's Best Picture Oscar winner The Departed, also featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson.
Vera Farmiga photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Best Actress Academy Award winner Charlize Theron (Monster, 2003) is seen above on the Oscars' Red Carpet. Theron received a second Best Actress nomination for North Country (2005). She lost to Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line.
Charlize Theron photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Fashion designer Tom Ford became an acclaimed filmmaker in 2009 following the release of the psychological drama A Single Man, starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Colin Firth as a gay college professor at a loss after the unexpected death of his companion (Matthew Goode). Also in the cast: Julianne Moore and Nicholas Hoult.
Tom Ford photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
Director Anders Østergaard and producer Lise Lense-Møller, Academy Award nominees in the Best Documentary Feature category for Burma VJ, arrive with U Pyinya Zawta, a leader of Burma's 2007 revolution, Aye Chan Naing, and guests. The winner was Louie Psihoyos' The Cove, about the massacre of dolphins in Japan.
Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Oscar hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin
This year, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin – Meryl Streep's two leading men in Nancy Meyers' It's Complicated – shared duties as Oscar hosts. Martin had previously hosted the 2001 ceremony, when Ridley Scott's Gladiator was selected as the year's Best Picture, and the 2003 ceremony, held shortly after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq – and partly for that reason a ratings dud.
Alec Baldwin had never hosted an Oscar ceremony, but he was a Best Supporting Actor nominee for The Cooler (2003).
Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin image: Matt Pettit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Lee Daniels was a Best Director nominee for Precious, toplining Best Actress nominee Gabourey Sidibe, Best Supporting Actress winner Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey. Precious received a total of six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
Lee Daniels was also nominated for the Directors Guild Award, but lost to Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker, this year's Best Picture and Best Director Oscar winner.
Lee Daniels photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.