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February 2, 2010, 8:34 am  The 82nd Annual Oscar Nominations

 THE NEW YORK TIMES…The 82nd Annual Oscar Nominations The stage is set for a David vs. Goliath battle at the Oscars, as independently made Iraq-war drama “The Hurt Locker” faces off with the most expensive movie of all time, “Avatar.” Both movies were nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture in a newly expanded field of 10, and best director.

Other best picture nominees include “Precious – Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “The Blind Side,” “District Nine,” “An Education,”  “A Serious Man,” “Up,” and “Up in the Air.” In the top categories, “Up in the Air” scored the most nominations with 5, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapated Screenplay, as well as Best Actor, for which George Clooney was nominated, and Best Supporting Actress nods for both Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick.

Avatar and The Hurt Locker Both Received 9 Oscars Nominations
The Hurt Locker


Here Goes The Nominations…
Best Picture… “Avatar” “The Blind Side” “District 9″ “An Education” “The Hurt Locker” “Inglourious Basterds” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” “A Serious Man” “Up” “Up in the Air”

Best Direction… “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

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”

Actress in a Leading Role… 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”

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 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”

5 Animated Feature Film instead of 3… “Coraline” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” “The Princess and the Frog” “The Secret of Kells” “Up” 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


— Mauro Fiore  “Avatar”

— Bruno Delbonnel “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

— Barry Ackroyd “The Hurt Locker”

— Robert Richardson “Inglourious Basterds”

— Christian Berger “The White Ribbon”

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

Documentary (Feature) “Burma VJ” “The Cove” “Food, Inc.” “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” “Which Way Home”

Documentary (Short Subject) “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” “Music by Prudence” “Rabbit à la Berlin”

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

Makeup * “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

Here Goes The Link To The CarpetBagger Blog For The Complete List of Nominations
Carpetbagger Blogs N.Y.Times

Question: What Film or Films Do You Think Should Have Been Nominated of The Ten Film Nominated?  What Films Do You Think Shouldn’t Have Been Nominated?

By the way, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow…6 More Weeks of Wintry weather. Well…Depending On Where You Live…Happy GroundHog Day!

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by Allan Fish

(USA 1917 24m) DVD1/2

Liberty, O liberty!

d/w  Charles Chaplin  ph  William C.Foster, Rollie Totheroh  m  Carl Davis

Charles Chaplin (immigrant), Edna Purviance (girl), Albert Austin (diner), Henry Bergman (artist), Eric Campbell (head waiter),

When discussing Charles Chaplin’s series of short masterpieces made at the Mutual studio from 1916-1917, everyone has their favourites.  My own would have to be Easy Street, as it is the most perfect comedy of the bunch.  However, if asked to name the most important, most professionally and personally, there are no other candidates than this masterpiece from 1917.  The Immigrant is the first film in which Chaplin’s political standpoint can be glimpsed, the first film in which his abhorrence for authority figures surfaces and the film in which the seeds of what would later be called by the McCarthy and Hooverites Chaplin’s unAmericanism were first planted. 

            Of course Chaplin was being naïve to think that his status as the one true movie icon of the time gave him carte blanche, irrespective of the horrific war raging through his contemporaries on the battlefields of the Somme.  He perhaps believed he was beyond reproach, or that he could say and do what he wanted on screen.  Not that there’s anything blatant about Chaplin’s message, it’s all very symbolic, very subtle.  Into a simple tale of the coming together of Chaplin’s vagrant and a dying widow’s young daughter on the boat bringing immigrants to New York, Chaplin makes several quite obvious attacks on the status quo.  He always backed the underdog, coming as he did from such an underprivileged east end background, but what he was doing with The Immigrant was really attacking the US Immigration board.  It’s a big two fingers of a comedy aimed at the government that cannot have been lost on them.  When we first see Chaplin, it’s only his arse we see, leaning far over the edge of the ship to catch a fish.  Later on he hits an immigration official, treating them with disdain.  Yet he could also be more subtle, as when he first meets Purviance’s young heroine.  She’s obviously got no money and he wants to help her.  Unbeknownst to her, he places his last few dollars in her pocket, but then he thinks better of it, takes roughly half back for himself, then puts the other half back in her pocket.  Unfortunately, he’s been seen by an official, who accuses him of being a pickpocket.  It’s a perfect indictment of seeing only what you want to see as could be offered, told with pathos, for sure, but also with near satire.  (more…)

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