Awards Season News

Oscar Nominations – Full List


The Oscar nominations have been announced and Avatar and The Hurt Locker lead the field with 9 nominations each.

Nominations were announced this morning by Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Tom Sherak and Anne Hathaway.

The final ballots get mailed out on February 10th and are due back at PricewaterhouseCoopers offices on Tuesday 2nd March (my birthday as it turns out).

The actual awards take place on Sunday 7th March at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles and will be hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

Here is the list in full:

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)

Best Director

  • James Cameron, Avatar
  • Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
  • Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
  • Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
  • Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

Best Actor

  • 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”

Best Actress

  • 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”

Best Supporting Actor

  • 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”

Best Supporting Actress

  • 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”

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

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

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
Awards Season News

BAFTA Nominations

BAFTA TrophyThe BAFTA nominations have been announced and here are all the categories.

The films with the most nominations are Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which both have 11.

The following pack include The Dark Knight (9), Changeling (8), Frost/Nixon (6), The Reader (5) and In Bruges, Milk and Revolutionary Road all on 4.

The Orange British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 8th February. 


  • The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Kathleen Kennedy / Frank Marshall / Ceán Chaffin
  • Frost/Nixon, Tim Bevan / Eric Fellner / Brian Grazer / Ron Howard
  • Milk, Dan Jinks / Bruce Cohen
  • The Reader, Anthony Minghella / Sydney Pollack / Donna Gigliotti / Redmond Morris
  • Slumdog Millionaire, Christian Colso


  • Clint Eastwood, Changeling
  • David Fincher, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
  • Stephen Daldry, The Reader
  • Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire


  • Joel Coen / Ethan Coen, Burn After Reading  
  • J. Michael Straczynski, Changeling
  • Philippe Claudel, I’ve Loved You So Long
  • Martin Mcdonagh, In Bruges 
  • Dustin Lance Black, Milk


  • Eric Roth, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
  • David Hare, The Reader
  • Justin Haythe, Revolutionary Road
  • Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire


  • The Baader Meinhof Complex, Bernard Eichinger / Uli Edel
  • Gomorrah, Domenico Procacci / Matteo Garrone
  • I’ve Loved You So Long, Yves Marmion / Philippe Claudel
  • Persepolis, Marc-Antoine Robert / Xavier Rigault / Marjane Satrapi / Vincent Parannaud
  • Waltz With Bashir, Serge Lalou / Gerhard Meixner / Yael Nahl Ieli / Ari Folman


  • Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi / Vincent Parannaud
  • Wall•E, Andrew Stanton
  • Waltz With Bashir, Ari Folman


  • Frank Langella,  Frost/Nixon
  • Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Sean Penn,  Milk
  • Brad Pitt, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Mickey Rourke,  The Wrestler


  • Angelina Jolie, Changeling
  • Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long
  • Meryl Streep, Doubt
  • Kate Winslet, The Reader
  • Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road


  • Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
  • Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
  • Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
  • Brad Pitt, Burn After Reading


  • Amy Adams, Doubt
  • Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Tilda Swinton, Burn After Reading
  • Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler


  • Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button 
  • Hans Zimmer / James Newton Howard, The Dark Knight 
  • Benny Andersson / Björn Ulvaeus, Mamma Mia!
  • A. R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Thomas Newman, Wall•E


  • Tom Stern, Changeling
  • Claudio Miranda, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight
  • Chris Menges / Roger Deakins, The Reader
  • Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire


  • Joel Cox / Gary D. Roach, Changeling
  • Kirk Baxter / Angus Wall, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Lee Smith, The Dark Knight
  • Mike Hill / Dan Hanley, Frost/Nixon
  • Jon Gregory, In Bruges
  • Chris Dickens, Slumdog Millionaire


  • James J. Murakami / Gary Fettis, Changeling
  • Donald Graham Burt / Victor J. Zolfo, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Nathan Crowley / Peter Lando, The Dark Knight
  • Kristi Zea / Debra Schutt, Revolutionary Road
  • Mark Digby / Michelle Day, Slumdog Millionaire


  • Deborah Hopper, Changeling
  • Jacqueline West, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Lindy Hemming, The Dark Knight
  • Michael O’Connor, The Duchess
  • Albert Wolsky, Revolutionary Road


  • Walt Martin / Alan Robert Murray / John Reitz / Gregg Rudloff, Changeling
  • Lora Hirschberg / Richard King / Ed Novick / Gary Rizzo, The Dark Knight
  • Eddy Joseph / Chris Munro / Mike Prestwood Smith / Mark Taylor, Quantum Of Solace
  • Glenn Freemantle / Resul Pookutty / Richard Pryke / Tom Sayers / Ian Tapp, Slumdog Millionare
  • Ben Burtt / Tom Myers / Michael Semanick / Matthew Wood, Wall•E


  • Eric Barba / Craig Barron /  Nathan Mcguinness / Edson Williams, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Chris Corbould / Nick Davis / Paul Franklin / Tim Webber, The Dark Knight
  • Pablo Helman, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
  • Shane Patrick Mahan / John Nelson / Ben Snow, Iron Man
  • Chris Corbould / Kevin Tod Haug, Quantum Of Solace


  • Jean Black / Colleen Callaghan, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button  
  • Peter Robb-King, The Dark Knight
  • Daniel Phillips / Jan Archibald, The Duchess
  • Edouard Henriques / Kim Santantonio, Frost/Nixon
  • Steven E. Anderson / Michael White, Milk


  • Codswallop, Greg Mcleod / Myles Mcleod
  • Varmints,  Sue Goffe / Marc Craste
  • Wallace And Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf And Death, Steve Pegram / Nick Park / Bob Baker


  • Kingsland #1 The Dreamer, Kate Ogborn / Tony Grisoni
  • Love You More, Adrian Sturges / Sam Taylor-Wood / Patrick Marber
  • Ralph,  Olivier Kaempfer / Alex Winckler
  • September,  Stewart Le Maréchal / Esther May Campbell
  • Voyages D’affaires (The Business Trip), Celine Quideau / Sean Ellis


  • Hunger, Laura Hastings-Smith / Robin Gutch / Steve Mcqueen / Enda Walsh
  • In Bruges,  Graham Broadbent / Pete Czernin / Martin Mcdonagh
  • Mamma Mia!, Judy Craymer / Gary Goetzman / Phyllida Lloyd / Catherine Johnson
  • Man On Wire, Simon Chinn / James Marsh
  • Slumdog Millionaire,  Christian Colson / Danny Boyle / Simon Beaufoy

THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD (For Special Achievement By A British Director, Writer Or Producer For Their First Feature Film)

  • Simon Chinn,  Producer – Man On Wire
  • Judy Craymer,  Producer – Mamma Mia!
  • Garth Jennings, Writer – Son Of Rambow
  • Steve Mcqueen, Director/Writer – Hunger
  • Solon Papadopoulos / Roy Boulter, Producers – Of Time And The City

THE ORANGE RISING STAR (Voted For By The Public)

  • Michael Cera
  • Noel Clarke
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Rebecca Hall
  • Toby Kebbell


  • Slumdog Millionaire: 11
  • The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button: 11
  • The Dark Knight: 9
  • Changeling: 8
  • Frost/Nixon: 6
  • The Reader: 5
  • In Bruges: 4
  • Milk: 4
  • Revolutionary Road: 4
  • Burn After Reading: 3
  • Doubt: 3
  • The I’ve Loved You So Long: 3
  • Mamma Mia!: 3
  • Wall-E: 3
  • Duchess: 2
  • Hunger: 2
  • Man On Wire: 2
  • Persepolis: 2
  • Quantum Of Solace: 2
  • Waltz With Bashir: 2
  • The Wrestler: 2
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex: 1
  • Gomorrah: 1
  • Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull: 1
  • Iron Man: 1
  • Of Time And The City: 1
  • Son Of Rambow: 1
  • Tropic Thunder: 1
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona: 1

> Official BAFTA site
> The original longlist