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2009 Oscar Awards

On 24 June 2009, A.M.P.A.S. announced that the nominees for the Best Picture Oscar
will be doubled to ten for the 2010 awards.

Nominations were announced 2 February 2010; voting closed 10 February;
the 82nd Academy Awards show was televised 7 March 2010 on ABC-TV

complete listings of 2010 Academy Awards for films of 2009
A.M.P.A.S. site  •  Internet Movie Database

The science-fiction sensation "Avatar" and the war-on-terror thriller "The Hurt Locker" led the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including Best Picture and Best Director for former spouses James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow. "Inglourious Basterds" received 8 nominations; "Precious" and "Up In The Air" each received 6 nominations; animated comedy "Up" received 5 nominations; "District 9", "Nine", and "Star Trek" each received 4 nominations; "An Education", "Crazy Heart", "The Princess and The Frog", and "The Young Victoria" each received 3 nominations; "A Serious Man", "The Blind Side", "Fantastic Mr. Fox", "Invictus", "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus", "The Last Station", "The Messenger", "Sherlock Holmes", and "The White Ribbon" each received 2 nominations

Best Motion Picture of The Year
For the first time since 1943 the Oscars feature 10 best-picture contenders instead of the usual five.
"A Serious Man", "An Education", "Avatar", "The Blind Side", "District 9", "The Hurt Locker" "Inglourious Basterds",
"Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire", animated comedy "Up", and "Up In The Air"

Best Achievement in Directing
James Cameron, "Avatar"
Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"
Lee Daniels, "Precious"
Jason Reitman, "Up In Ihe Air"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney, "Up In The Air"
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"
Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"
Carey Mulligan, "An Education"
Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious"
Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Matt Damon, "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"
Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"
Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Penelope Cruz, "Nine"
Vera Farmiga, "Up In The Air"
Maggie Gyllenhaal, "Crazy Heart"
Anna Kendrick, "Up In The Air"
Mo'Nique, "Precious"

Best Foreign Language Film of The Year
"Ajami" [Israel]
"El Secreto de Sus Ojos" [Argentina]
"The Milk of Sorrow" [Peru]
"Un Prophete" [France]
"The White Ribbon" [Germany]

Best Adapted Screenplay
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell for "District 9"
Nick Hornby for "An Education"
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche for "In The Loop"
Geoffrey Fletcher for "Precious"
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner for "Up In The Air"

Best Original Screenplay
Mark Boal for "The Hurt Locker"
Quentin Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds"
Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman for "The Messenger"
Joel & Ethan Coen for "A Serious Man"
Bob Peterson, Pete Docter & Tom McCarthy for "Up"

Best Animated Feature Film
"Coraline", "Fantastic Mr. Fox", "The Princess and The Frog", "The Secret of Kells" and "Up"

Best Documentary Feature Film
"Burma VJ", "The Cove", "Food, Inc.", "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg
and The Pentagon Papers", and "Which Way Home"

And the winner is...

won Oscar for Best Picture   won Oscar for Best Director   won Oscar for Best Original Screenplay   won Oscar for Best Editing   won Oscar for Best Sound   won Oscar for Best Sound Editing
"Hurt  Locker"  [2009]
"One of the great war films." — Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow; won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Sound Editing, with noms for Best Actor (JR), Best Cinematography, Best Original Music; also won 6 BAFTA Awards, D.G.A. & P.G.A. & W.G.A. Awards, 5 awards at Venice Film Festival; listed Best of 2009 by TIME Magazine
full credits from IMDb

"Amelia" [Fox Searchlight Oct 2009]
2009 Amelia Earhart movie poster  PREDICTION 10/2009: Having seen the trailer but not the film, it is still obvious that this movie is a loving big-budget epic set in the 1930s, the very kind of film that is a favorite for Academy members; director Mira Nair and actors Hilary Swank & Richard Gere can easily expect Oscar nominations.Aviator Amelia Earhart [1897-1937] followed her dream of flying, from the first woman to fly across the Atlantic to the first woman to fly around the world. Her tragic disappearance over the South Pacific in July 1937 cemented the legend that she wanted to become. • Co-produced by Ronald Bass, Hilary Swank & others; directed by Mira Nair; written by Ronald Bass & Anna Hamilton Phelan, officially based on two books; starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Mia Wasikowska, Christopher Eccleston, Joe Anderson & Cherry Jones
Fox widescreen color Blu-ray [2/2010] 2 disks for $26.49
Fox widescreen color DVD [2/2010] for $17.49
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site
Gabriel Yared soundtrack CD from Varese Records [11/2009] for $17.98
East to the Dawn biography of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler  
"East To The Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart" [1997] by Susan Butler
Da Capo Press 8¾x6 movie tie-in pb [8/2009] for $10.85
Da Capo Press 8¾x6 pb [5/99] for $17.95
Da Capo Press 8¾x6½ hardcover [10/97] out of print/used
Sound of Wings biography of Amelia Earhart by Mary S. Lovell  "The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart" [1989] by Mary S. Lovell
St. Martin's Griffin 9x6 pb [9/2009] for $12.23
St. Martin's Griffin 8¾x5¾ pb [2/91] out of print/many used
St. Martins Press 8½x6 hardcover [10/89] out of print/many, many used

"Avatar" [Fox Dec 2009] /tt0499549/
James Cameron’s “Avatar” will be returning to movie theaters in August 2010, with
eight minutes of never-before-seen footage, exclusively in Digital 3-D and IMAX 3-D

"Crazy Heart" [Fox Searchlight Dec 2009]
Crazy Heart movie starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal & Robert Duvall  An alcoholic country music star has become third-rate, reduced to grabbing a gig as opening act for a rising star that he mentored; but a new relationship with a female reporter and her son helps him get his life together. Co-produced, adapted & directed by Scott Cooper; based on the novel by Thomas Cobb; original music by T-Bone Burnett; starring Colin Farrell, Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal & Robert Duvall; filmed in Albuquerque, Española, Pecos & Santa Fe in New Mexico
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available; full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
Crazy Heart 1988 novel by Thomas Cobb  "Crazy Heart: A Novel" [1988] by Thomas Cobb
HarperCollins mass pb [9/88] out of print/used
Bookthrift Co. 9½x6¼ hardcover [5/89] out of print/many used

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" animated feature [2009]
"Best American Film of 2009." — critic Stuart Klawans
full credits from IMDb

"In The Loop" [B.B.C./I.F.C. July 2009]
In The Loop comedy directed by Armando Iannucci  PREDICTION 10/2009: This movie is a howler of a comedy! Look for best script nominations.
During an international crisis, a British official opposed to war accidentally backs military action on TV; he suddenly has friends in Washington, DC and decides to use his new access to stop the British PM's spin-doctor from rigging the vote at the United Nations. Co-written & directed by Armando Iannucci; starring Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini, Chris Addison, David Rasche, Zach Woods & Anna Chlumsky; won British Independent Film Award, nominated for Best Adapted Script Oscar & two BAFTA awards
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"Invictus"  [Malpaso/Spyglass/Warner Bros. Dec 2009]
Invictus movie directed by Clint Eastwood  PREDICTION 12/2009: Oscar nomination for Best Actor to Morgan Freeman
Working title was "The Human Factor"; the true story of Nelson Mandela's use of the all-white national rugby team to unite post-apartheid South Africa. Co-produced & directed by Clint Eastwood; script by Anthony Peckham, based on a book by John Carlin {below}; co-produced by & starring Morgan Freeman; also starring Matt Damon
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"Julie & Julia" [Sony/Columbia Aug 2009]
Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep & Amy Adams  PREDICTION 8/2009: Best Actress Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep, of course
Based on two true stories: The parallel lives of television chef & author Julia Child [1912-2004] and years-later Julie Powell who decides to write a weblog about cooking all 524 recipes in Julia's cook- book in 365 days. Co‑produced, written & directed by Nora Ephron; based on books by Julie Powell & Julia Child; starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Helen Carey, Jane Lynch, Joan Juliet Buck & Deborah Rush
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits from IMDbSony's official movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
Julie & Julia / My Year of Cooking Dangerously book by Julie Powell  
"Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously" [2005 bestseller]
by Julie Powell

Little, Brown movie ie-in mass pb [7/2009] for $7.99
Back Bay Books 8x5½ pb [9/2006] for $10.19
Little, Brown 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/2005] out of print/many used
Julie Powell's blog at Salon
Mastering The Art of French Cooking cookbook by Julia Child   "Mastering The Art of French Cooking" cookbook [Knopf 1961 bestseller]
by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle & Simone Beck

Volume 1: Knopf 10x7 pb [9/83] for $19.80
Volume 1: Knopf 10x7¼ hardcover [10/2001] for $22.00
Volume 2: Knopf 10x7 pb [9/83] for $19.50
Volume 2: Knopf 10¼x7½ hardcover [10/70] for $37.80
book entry at Wikipedia

"Nine" [Weinstein Dec 2009]
Nine musical feature film directed by Rob Marshall  PREDICTION 12/2009: Oscar nomination for Best Picture, maybe Best Script Adaptation
Fellini's 1963 movie "8½" was the 'inspiration' for the Italian stage musical "Nine" which was the basis for the 1982 Broadway musical which is the basis for this musical feature film. A desperate movie director struggles to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor, which begins shooting in only a week. He searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, former lovers, colleagues, his muse, and his mother, while balancing the demands of his art, his profession and his personal life. Co-produced & directed by Rob Marshall; adapted by Michael Tolkin & Anthony Minghella; starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Sophia Loren & Stacy Ferguson; already nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"The Time Traveler's Wife" [New Line Cinema Aug 2009]
Time Traveler's Wife starring Eric Bana & Rachel McAdams  PREDICTION 8/2009: Oscar & WGA nominations for Best Script Adaptation
Makes you think, about love and death. About time. And about being alive. Co-produced by Brad Pitt; directed by Robert Schwentke; script by Bruce Joel Rubin, based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger; cinematography by Florian Ballhaus; starring Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Arliss Howard, Michelle Nolden, Jane McLean, Ron Livingston, Brooklynn Proulx, Hailey McCann, Tatum McCann & Stephen Tobolowsky
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits from IMDbofficial movie site
Time Traveler's Wife novel by Audrey Niffenegger  "The Time Traveler's Wife" novel [2003 bestseller]
by Audrey Niffenegger

Mariner Books 8x5¼ pb [5/2004] for $8.22
Vintage UK 7½x5 pb [5/2004] out of print/used
MacAdam/Cage 9x6½ hardcover [9/2003] for $16.50

"Up In The Air" [Paramount Dec 2009]
Up In The Air movie directed by Jason Reitman, starring George Clooney  PREDICTION 1/2010: Clooney is great, as usual, but the real surprise is the superb direction by young Jason Reitman, even including scenes that reminded me of Jacques Tati. Oscar & DGA nominations for Best Director, plus Oscar nom for Best Cinematography.
The cherished 'on the road' lifestyle of a corporate downsizing expert is threatened by internet conferencing just as he is on the brink of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he finds that he has fallen for the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.
Co-produced, co-written & directed by Jason Reitman; co-adapted by Sheldon Turner, from Walter Kirn's 2001 novel; cinematography by Eric Steelberg; starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Amy Morton, Melanie Lynskey, Danny McBride & Sam Elliott; nominated for D.G.A. Award, 3 S.A.G. Awards, W.G.A. Award, and 6 BAFTA Awards, including Best Picture
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site
Up In The Air 2001 novel by Walter Kirn  
"Up In The Air" [2001 novel] by Walter Kirn
Anchor movie tie-in mass pb [10/2009] for $7.99
Anchor movie tie-in 7¾x5 pb [10/2009] for $10.17
Doubleday 8½x5¾ hardcover [7/2001] out of print/used

"--" [2009]
full credits from IMDb

"--" [2009]
full credits from IMDb

"--" [2009]
full credits from IMDb

Screen World Volume 61 / Films of 2009 book edited by Barry Monush  
"Screen World Volume 61: The Films of 2009" [2010]
Edited by Barry Monush

Applause Books 9¼x7¾ hardcover [8/2010] for $49.99

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