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And The Nominees Are…Celeb Moms And Dads Headed To The Oscars

OSCARS PREPWe woke up at the crack of dawn to see who the lovely Anne Hathaway (an Oscar nominee herself from last year) would announce as this year’s Oscar contenders.  No big surprises in the acting categories  — but there were a few jaw droppers this year (that have nothing to do with Brad and Angelina…)

While the list was pretty predictable in most categories (we’ll get to see Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock duke it out; Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon go head-to-head) there were a few surprises including the omission of an Oscar darling - Clint Eastwood – for Invictus in the Best Director category and a shocker for most insiders — the announcement that The Blindside was a Best Picture nominee.   (yes sports fans — football trumped Rugby here)

While the film broke box office records and football player Michael Orr and his benefactor Leigh Ann Tuohy have become household names, this little underdog-sports-movie-that-could was not expected to make it this far.  But due to the expanded top-honor category (there are now 10 films nominated)  it did, along with several others including A Serious Man from the prolific Coen brothers.

Why 10 you might ask?  Well…as they mentioned to us last year, the Academy wanted to return to some of its earlier roots, when a wider field competed for the top award of the year.  As Academy President from last year, Sid Ganis, said, “The final outcome, of course will be the same – one Best Picture winner – but the race to the finish line will feature 10, not just five, great movies from 2009.”  Yes – it’s true, there will be more “horses” galloping toward the finish line…but it’s probably a safe bet that regardless of the “wider field” Avatar is still the best bet, with James Cameron taking home armfuls of little gold men.

Here’s a complete list of the nominees to talk about over breakfast and films to put on your “must see” list before March 7:

Best picture

“Avatar”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“Up in the Air”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Up”
“The Blind Side”
“District 9″
“An Education”
“A Serious Man”

Actor

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

Actress

Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”

Supporting actor

Matt Damon, “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Supporting actress

Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique, “Precious”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Penelope Cruz, “Nine”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart”

Director

Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
James Cameron, “Avatar”
Lee Daniels, “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”

Animated feature

“Up”
“Coraline”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“The Secret of Kells”

Original screenplay

“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“The Messenger”
“A Serious Man”
“Up”

Adapted screenplay

“District 9″
“An Education”
“In the Loop”
“Precious”
“Up in the Air”

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