MOVIES | Academy Award nominees announced, with Meryl Streep setting another record


Precious is one of ten nominees for Best Motion Picture of the Year for 2009, announced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday.

The film’s star, Gabourey Sidibe in the title role, is also nominated for Actress in a Leading Role. Mo’Nique, portraying Precious’s mother, is vying for Actress in a Supporting Role. Mo’Nique won a Golden Globe for her portrayal. The Academy also nominated Precious in the Writing (Adapted Screenplay) category. First-time director nominee Lee Daniels is also included.

Precious joins an expanded list of contenders for Best Motion Picture Award. The Academy voted to increase the number of nominated best pictures from five to ten this year. Academy President Sid Ganis said the increase of nominated feature films goes back to the early days of the Oscars, when a wider field competed for the top award. “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,” he said at a previous Academy press conference.

Actress Meryl Streep set another record with her nomination in the Actress in a Leading Role category for Julie and Julia. It is her 16th nomination. Trailing Streep for lifetime nominations are actors Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, who are tied at 12 nominations each, according to the Academy Awards. In addition, Streep is one of two performers nominated last year as well as this year.

Other notable facts about this years nominees:

  • Up is the second fully animated feature film nominated for Best Picture. The first was Beauty and the Beast (1991).
  • Kathryn Bigelow is the fourth woman to be nominated for directing, and the second American woman after Sofia Coppola (nominated in 2003 for Lost in Translation). The other nominated directors are Lina Wertmüller (Italy) for Seven Beauties (1976) and Jane Campion (New Zealand) for The Piano (1993).
  • With her 16th nomination this year, Meryl Streep extends her lead as the most nominated performer. Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson are tied at 12 nominations each.
  • In the acting categories, 12 individuals are first-time nominees. Five of the nominees (George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Penélope Cruz, Helen Mirren, and Meryl Streep) are previous acting winners. Matt Damon received an Oscar for Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997).
  • Meryl Streep and Penélope Cruz are the only performers who were also nominated last year. Meryl Streep was nominated for her leading role in Doubt, and Penélope Cruz won the Oscar for her supporting role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
  • Pete Docter is the fifth person to have more than one nomination in the Animated Feature Film category. John Lasseter, Hayao Miyazaki, Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton each have two nominations in the category.
  • The White Ribbon is the ninth predominantly black-and-white film to be nominated for Cinematography since 1967, when the separate category for black-and-white cinematography was eliminated. Previously nominated films were In Cold Blood(1967), The Last Picture Show (1971), Lenny (1974), Raging Bull (1981), Zelig (1983), Schindler’s List (1993), The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) and Good Night, and Good Luck (2005).

The complete list of nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards:

Best Picture

  • Avatar James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
  • The Blind Side Nominees to be determined
  • District 9 Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
  • An Education Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
  • The Hurt Locker Nominees to be determined
  • Inglourious Basterds Lawrence Bender, Producer
  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
  • A Serious Man Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
  • Up Jonas Rivera, Producer
  • Up in the Air Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

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

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 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

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

Animated Feature Film

  • Coraline Henry Selick
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox Wes Anderson
  • The Princess and the Frog John Musker and Ron Clements
  • The Secret of Kells Tomm Moore
  • Up Pete Docter

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


  • Avatar Mauro Fiore
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Bruno Delbonnel
  • The Hurt Locker Barry Ackroyd
  • Inglourious Basterds Robert Richardson
  • The White Ribbon Christian Berger

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


  • 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

Documentary (Feature)

  • Burma VJ Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
  • The Cove Nominees to be determined
  • Food, Inc. Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
  • Which Way Home Rebecca Cammisa

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
  • The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
  • The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
  • Music by Prudence Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
  • Rabbit à la Berlin Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

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


  • 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