Sunday, December 6, 2009

D.C. Critics Name Their Nominees

The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association announced their nominations, and the big winners seem to be the films that could dominate the entire Awards season. Up in the Air led the way with 8 nominations, while Precious and The Hurt Locker both received 7 nods each. 
Once again, I am delighted to see Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds receiving the recognition it deserves, and hopefully the Academy will continue that trend. The only nomination that struck me as strange was Maya Rudolph in the Best Actress category for Away We Go. It was a decent performance, but I haven't heard any Awards buzz for that film, and rightfully so. 

Anyway, take a look at the full list of nominees below and be sure to check back as more associations are likely to name their favorites as well in the coming days. 

Best Film
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Up in the Air”

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
Lee Daniels, “Precious”
Clint Eastwood, “Invictus”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Actor
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
Viggo Mortensen, “The Road”
Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”

Best Actress
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Maya Rudolph, “Away We Go”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Best Supporting Actor
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
Anthony Mackie, “The Hurt Locker”
Alfred Molina, “An Education”
Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Supporting Actress
Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique, “Precious”
Julianne Moore, “A Single Man”
Samantha Morton, “The Messenger”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Blind Side”
“An Education”
“The Road”
“Up in the Air”

Best Original Screenplay
“(500) Days of Summer”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“A Serious Man”

Best Breakthrough Performance
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Christian McKay, “Me and Orson Welles”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Jeremy Renner, The HUrt Locker”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”

Best Animated Film
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”

Best Foreign Film
“Broken Embraces”
“Red Cliff”
“Sin Nombre”
“Summer Hours”
“The White Ribbon”

Best Documentary
“Anvil! The Story of Anvil”
“Capitalism: A Love Story”
“The Cove”
“Food, Inc.”
“Good Hair”

Best Art Direction
“The Lovely Bones”
“Star Trek”
“Where the Wild Things Are”
“The Young Victoria” 


Candice Frederick said...

i'm actually pleasantly surprised and thrilled to see Maya Rudolph here. i really liked her in Away We Go. I've said it before, and i'll say it again, Inglourious Basterds is overhyped. but it would be interesting to Oscar recognize this film.

Danny King said...

@ Candice: I will say that the acting was the best part of Away We Go, but the film as a whole didn't do much for me. Surprised you didn't like Inglourious Basterds, it's one of my favorites of the year.

joe burns said...

I'm happy that Moore is getting some awards attention. Haven't seen A Single Man,but she's one of the best actresses ever and I'm happy that her career is getting revived again.

Danny King said...

@ joe burns: I agree. The early buzz for her performance has been outstanding, hopefully it keeps up.

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