Oscar nominations: 'Avatar,' 'The Hurt Locker' take the lead
But some fresh faces appear in the Best Actress category with Carey Mulligan (‘An Education’) and Gabourey Sidibe (‘Precious’).
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Beyond the marquee awards, animation has made a significant showing this year, says Yahoo! Movies industry analyst Sean Phillips. Noting that the number of categories expanded from three to five, he adds that none of the titles is filler. “They’re all good films that, more important, appeal to adults and children alike.” This trend, which began with “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991, has been helped along by such TV shows as “The Simpsons” and “The Family Guy.”Skip to next paragraph
“Those have all expanded the idea that animation is no longer the sole province of children and Saturday morning cartoons,” he says.
Veteran Oscar fan Joan Mikkelsen, who watched the nomination announcements this morning, applauds the academy’s efforts to be more inclusive. “There used to be a limited number of categories like the period film, the tear-jerker, and the explosion movies, but now with this bigger list, there’s really a lot for people to tune in and care about,” she says by phone from her home in Berkeley, Calif.
Here are the top four categories:
“The Hurt Locker”
James Cameron, “Avatar”
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”
Lee Daniels, “Precious”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe,” Precious”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
For a complete list, go to www.oscars.org.