Here are my personal picks if I were an Oscar voter. Later on this week I will post who I think will really win, but for now enjoy.
2. Up in the Air
4. Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH By Sapphire
5. Inglorious Basterds
6. An Education
7. The Hurt Locker
8. District 9
9. The Blind Side
10. A Serious Man
Commentary: Avatar is the movie that will live on in movie history. It was enthralling, transforming, and ground breaking...period.
Best Director: James Cameron "Avatar"
Commentary: Ok, so Kathryn Bigelow deserves this hands down, but if I were voting, I would give Cameron the nod for bringing what many thought was impossible to the screen, and changing cinema forever.
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges "Crazy Heart"
Commentary: Simply the best performance of any lead male this year, and after 5 nominations its about damn time.
Best Actress: Gabourey Sidibe "Precious"
Commentary: She did what it takes most actors years to accomplish: fully inhabit a character so much you forget someone's actually acting, and she did it on her first try. A brilliant performance, an incredible young woman, and the story of the year.
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer "The Last Station"
Commentary: This brilliant performance is only one of the many over the last six decades Christopher Plummer has brought us. He deserves a tip of the hat for his incredible career.
Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique "Precious"
I'll just list the rest:
Best Original Screenplay – Bob Petersen, Pete Docter, Tom McCarthy "Up"
Best Adapted Screenplay – Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner “Up in the Air”
Best Animated Feature – Up
Best Art Direction – Nine
Best Cinematography – Avatar
Best Costume Design – Bright Star
Best Film Editing – Avatar
Best Makeup – Star Trek
Best Original Score – Michael Giacchino “Up”
Best Original Song – “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart”
Best Sound Mixing – Avatar
Best Sound Editing – Avatar
Best Visual Effects – Avatar
Best Foreign Language Film – Un Prophete from France
Best Documentary Feature – Food, Inc.