The Oscars nominations were announced this morning minting a whole new class of actors who will forever have the words “Academy Award Nominee” in front of their names in movie trailers. Even if that movie turns out to be Snow Dogs. The 82nd Academy Award nominations offered up a few surprises and a classic David v. Goliath storyline.
In this case, the Goliath is box office record behemoth Avatar and the David is scrappy Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker. The two films lead the way with nine nominations each. And they also set up what is being called the battle of the exes as former husband and wife Avatar director James Cameron and The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow go head to head for best director. Kathryn, meanwhile, becomes only the fourth woman ever to earn a best director nomination. No woman has won the honor — yet.
In the acting categories, it was experience versus the ingénues. Only three of the 10 women honored had been nominated before (Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Penelope Cruz). For the men, half had received nods previously. A full look at the acting nominations:
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
The other major nominations:
Best Animated Feature
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary Feature
Best Original Song
Find a full list of nominees here. The Oscars will be telecast March 7. So, what do you think? Any surprises (um, The Blind Side)? Any snubs (awww, Julianne Moore)? And are you rooting for David or Goliath? And is it too much to hope that Meryl and Sandra tie again for best actress and make out on stage? A gal can dream.