82nd Academy Awards(R) Nominations Announced

Teni Melidonian

Toni Thompson

February 2, 2010

Beverly Hills, CA — Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced today (Tuesday, February 2) by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway.

Sherak and Hathaway, who was nominated for an Academy Award® for her lead performance in “Rachel Getting Married,” announced the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories at a 5:38 a.m. PT live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives. Lists of nominations in all categories were then distributed to the media in attendance and online via the official Academy Awards Web site, www.oscar.com.

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 year that category features 10 nominees instead of 5, as has been the case since 1943.

Nominations ballots were mailed to the 5,777 voting members in late December and were returned directly to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the international accounting firm, for tabulation.

Official screenings of all motion pictures with one or more nominations will begin for members this weekend at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Screenings also will be held at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and in London, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.

All active and life members of the Academy are eligible to select the winners in all categories, although in five of them – Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject and Foreign Language Film – members can vote only if they have seen all of the nominated films in those categories.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

* Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)
* George Clooney in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
* Colin Firth in “A Single Man” (The Weinstein Company)
* Morgan Freeman in “Invictus” (Warner Bros.)
* Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

* Matt Damon in “Invictus” (Warner Bros.)
* Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
* Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones” (DreamWorks in association with Film4, Distributed by Paramount)
* Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

* Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side” (Warner Bros.)
* Helen Mirren in “The Last Station” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Carey Mulligan in “An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
* Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia” (Sony Pictures Releasing)

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

* “Coraline” (Focus Features), Henry Selick
* “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (20th Century Fox), Wes Anderson
* “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney), John Musker and Ron Clements
* “The Secret of Kells” (GKIDS), Tomm Moore
* “Up” (Walt Disney), Pete Docter

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

* “Burma VJ” (Oscilloscope Laboratories), A Magic Hour Films Production, Anders østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
* “The Cove” (Roadside Attractions), An Oceanic Preservation Society Production, Nominees to be determined
* “Food, Inc.” (Magnolia Pictures), A Robert Kenner Films Production, Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
* “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”, A Kovno Communications Production, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
* “Which Way Home”, A Mr. Mudd Production, Rebecca Cammisa

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 Cinematogrà/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

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

* “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
* “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
* “Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” (Sony Pictures Classics), Music by Reinhardt Wagner, Lyric by Frank Thomas
* “Take It All” from “Nine” (The Weinstein Company), Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
* “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

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

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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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.


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Report: Despite Blockbuster 2009, Hollywood Security Officers Still in Poverty

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Report: Despite Blockbuster 2009, Hollywood Security Officers Still in Poverty
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new report being released today by the Service Employees International Union highlights the continued poverty wages of Hollywood’s mostly African American and Latino security officers, despite record 2009 revenues for Los Angeles wealthy film studios.
“These studios have millions coming in each and every day,” says Rogelio Garcia, employed by security firm Andrews International at Fox Studios. “And each and every day we’re out there protecting them for next to nothing.”
Entitled “Reel Profits, Real Poverty: How Major Hollywood Studios Are Leaving Security Officers Behind,” the report focuses on the economic disparity between wealthy Hollywood studios and officers employed by the studios’ security company of choice, Andrews International, owned by Boston-based private equity firm Audax. Despite economic recession, the film industry brought in a record $10.7 billion in revenue in 2009. Meanwhile Hollywood security officers are paid as little as $10 an hour and struggle to meet basic needs such as food, medicine, and shelter.
In a town known internationally for its reputed progressive values, security officers featured in the report testify to discrimination, lack of training and equipment, working up to 10 hours without breaks, and having to choose between buying food or medicine. One Andrews International officer tells of co-workers–a mother and daughter–who lost their apartment and were forced to live on the Sony film studio lot. The pair were discovered and fired. The report can be viewed at http://insecurewithandrews.org/2010/01/new-report-reel-profits-real-poverty.ht ml.
Unlike other Hollywood workers, security officers do not have a union and do not share in film industry prosperity. Andrews International officers in Hollywood are joining with Andrews International officers in six states who have been trying since 2009 to form a union with SEIU in order to raise company — and industry — standards. With more than 10,500 security personnel in the U.S. and Mexico, Andrews International is the seventh-largest contract security firm in the United States.
With 2.2 million members, SEIU is the nation’s fastest-growing labor union and represents more than 30,000 security officers nationwide. Visit insecurewithandrews.org to learn more.
Source: Service Employees International Union
CONTACT: Kevin O’Donnell, +1-312-401-7598
Web Site: http://insecurewithandrews.org/