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2010 Academy Award Nominations - By Category

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The nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced the morning of February 2, 2010 by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and previous Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway. The live television broadcast announced nominations in 10 of the 24 categories.

Academy members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominations are selected by vote of multi-branch screening committees.

All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees. This is the first year to have 10 nominees instead of the usual five.

The Academy Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California. The event will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 5pm PT/8pm ET. The ceremony will be hosted this year by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

Many of the nominated movies are still in theaters, or will be making a return visit as a result of being nominated, so it's not too late to see them for yourself! Click on the movie title to view the information and showtimes (if available) for each movie, or you can check out our Academy Award® Winners and Nominees page in Now Showing.

The nominees are listed below by the category of their nomination. If you would like to see them listed by movie, please see the related Journal article 2010 Academy Award Nominations Announced.

Academy Award Nominations by Category

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Penélope Cruz in "Nine" (The Weinstein Company)
  • Vera Farmiga in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight)
  • Anna Kendrick in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
  • Mo'Nique in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

Best animated feature film of the year

Achievement in art direction

  • "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg
    Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
  • "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro
    Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
  • "Nine" (The Weinstein Company)
    Art Direction: John Myhre
    Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
  • "Sherlock Holmes" (Warner Bros.)
    Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood
    Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
  • "The Young Victoria" (Apparition)
    Art Direction: Patrice Vermette
    Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

Achievement in cinematography

  • "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - Mauro Fiore
  • "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (Warner Bros.) - Bruno Delbonnel
  • "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Barry Ackroyd
  • "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) - Robert Richardson
  • "The White Ribbon" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Christian Berger

Achievement in costume design

  • "Bright Star" (Apparition) - Janet Patterson
  • "Coco before Chanel" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Catherine Leterrier
  • "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Monique Prudhomme
  • "Nine" (The Weinstein Company) - Colleen Atwood
  • "The Young Victoria" (Apparition) - Sandy Powell

Achievement in directing

  • "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - James Cameron
  • "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Kathryn Bigelow
  • "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) - Quentin Tarantino
  • "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) - Lee Daniels
  • "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) - Jason Reitman

Best documentary feature

Best documentary short subject

  • "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province"
    A Downtown Community Television Center Production - Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill
  • "The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner"
    A Just Media Production - Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
  • "The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant"
    A Community Media Production - Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
  • "Music by Prudence"
    An iThemba Production - Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
  • "Rabbit à la Berlin" (Deckert Distribution)
    An MS Films Production - Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Achievement in film editing

  • "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
  • "District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing) - Julian Clarke
  • "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
  • "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) - Sally Menke
  • "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) - Joe Klotz

Best foreign language film of the year

  • "Ajami"(Kino International)
    An Inosan Production - Israel
  • "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" (Sony Pictures Classics)
    A Haddock Films Production - Argentina
  • "The Milk of Sorrow"
    A Wanda Visión/Oberon Cinematogràfica/Vela Production - Peru
  • "Un Prophète" (Sony Pictures Classics)
    A Why Not/Page 114/Chic Films Production - France
  • "The White Ribbon" (Sony Pictures Classics)
    An X Filme Creative Pool/Wega Film/Les Films du Losange/Lucky Red Production - Germany

Achievement in makeup

  • "Il Divo" (MPI Media Group through Music Box) - Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
  • "Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) - Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
  • "The Young Victoria" (Apparition) - Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - James Horner
  • "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (20th Century Fox) - Alexandre Desplat
  • "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
  • "Sherlock Holmes" (Warner Bros.) - Hans Zimmer
  • "Up" (Walt Disney) - Michael Giacchino

Listen to samples from the scores:

AvatarFantastic Mr. FoxThe Hurt LockerSherlock Holmes


Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Best motion picture of the year

  • "Avatar" (20th Century Fox)
    A Lightstorm Entertainment Production - James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
  • "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros.)
    An Alcon Entertainment Production - Nominees to be determined
  • "District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
    A Block/Hanson Production - Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
  • "An Education" (Sony Pictures Classics)
    A Finola Dwyer/Wildgaze Films Production - Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
  • "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)
    A Voltage Pictures Production - Nominees to be determined
  • "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company)
    A Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg Production - Lawrence Bender, Producer
  • "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)
    A Lee Daniels Entertainment/Smokewood Entertainment Production - Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
  • "A Serious Man" (Focus Features)
    A Working Title Films Production - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
  • "Up" (Walt Disney)
    A Pixar Production - Jonas Rivera, Producer
  • "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
    A Montecito Picture Company Production - Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Titles available on Blu-ray/DVD:

District 9An EducationThe Hurt LockerInglorious BasterdsPreciousA Serious Man


Best animated short film

  • "French Roast"
    A Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films Production - Fabrice O. Joubert
  • "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty" (Brown Bag Films)
    A Brown Bag Films Production - Nicky Phelan and Darragh O'Connell
  • "The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)"
    A Kandor Graphics and Green Moon Production - Javier Recio Gracia
  • "Logorama" (Autour de Minuit)
    An Autour de Minuit Production - Nicolas Schmerkin
  • "A Matter of Loaf and Death" (Aardman Animations)
    An Aardman Animations Production - Nick Park

Best live action short film

  • "The Door" (Network Ireland Television)
    An Octagon Films Production - Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
  • "Instead of Abracadabra" (The Swedish Film Institute)
    A Directörn & Fabrikörn Production - Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
  • "Kavi"
    A Gregg Helvey Production - Gregg Helvey
  • "Miracle Fish" (Premium Films)
    A Druid Films Production - Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
  • "The New Tenants"
    A Park Pictures and M & M Production - Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Achievement in sound editing

  • "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
  • "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Paul N.J. Ottosson
  • "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) - Wylie Stateman
  • "Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) - Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
  • "Up" (Walt Disney) - Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Achievement in sound mixing

  • "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
  • "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
  • "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) - Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
  • "Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) - Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
  • "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro, Distributed by Paramount) - Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Achievement in visual effects

  • "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
  • "District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing) - Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
  • "Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) - Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Adapted screenplay

  • "District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing) - Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
  • "An Education" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Screenplay by Nick Hornby
  • "In the Loop" (IFC Films) - Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
  • "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) - Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
  • "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) - Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Original screenplay

  • "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Written by Mark Boal
  • "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) - Written by Quentin Tarantino
  • "The Messenger" (Oscilloscope Laboratories) - Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
  • "A Serious Man" (Focus Features) - Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • "Up" (Walt Disney) - Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter
    Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

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