Oscar 2010: the nominated films

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1.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
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During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ Best Motion Picture of the Year,
Best Achievement in Directing,
Best Achievement in Film Editing,
Best Achievement in Sound Editing,
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing,
Best Writing, Original Screenplay

Nominated: Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Picture Original Score, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role ” - Sijmen
 
2.
Avatar (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Best Achievement in Art Direction
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Nominated: Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Motion Picture of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
3.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominated: Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Writing, Original Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
4.
Precious (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. (110 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
“ Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

Nominated: Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role ” - Sijmen
 
5.
Up in the Air (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest and a new hire. (109 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Directing, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
6.
Up (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
“ Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Nominated: Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Writing, Original Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
7.
Star Trek (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ Best Achievement in Makeup

Nominated: Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Achievement in Visual Effects ” - Sijmen
 
8.
District 9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Visual Effects, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
9.
Nine (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother. (118 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song: Take It All, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ” - Sijmen
 
10.
The Young Victoria (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (105 mins.)
“ Best Achievement in Costume Design

Nominated: Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Makeup ” - Sijmen
 
11.
An Education (2009)
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A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. (100 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
“ Nominated: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
12.
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
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A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him. (97 mins.)
“ Nominated: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song: Almost There and Down in New Orleans ” - Sijmen
 
13.
Crazy Heart (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him. (112 mins.)
Director: Scott Cooper
“ Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song: The Weary Kind

Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ” - Sijmen
 
14.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
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Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score ” - Sijmen
 
15.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting. (123 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Costume Design ” - Sijmen
 
16.
Invictus (2009)
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Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (134 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role ” - Sijmen
 
17.
The Blind Side (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. (129 mins.)
“ Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Nominated: Best Motion Picture of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
18.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation. (87 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score, Best Animated Feature Film of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
19.
The White Ribbon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible? (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
20.
The Last Station (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
“ Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role ” - Sijmen
 
21.
A Serious Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. (106 mins.)
“ Nominated: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Writing, Original Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
22.
The Messenger (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer. (113 mins.)
Director: Oren Moverman
“ Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Writing, Original Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
23.
Coraline (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ Nominated: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
24.
The Lovely Bones (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. (135 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role ” - Sijmen
 
25.
A Single Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles. (99 mins.)
Director: Tom Ford
“ Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role ” - Sijmen
 
26.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war. (150 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Sound Mixing ” - Sijmen
 
27.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past. (153 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Cinematography ” - Sijmen
 
28.
Il Divo (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946. (110 mins.)
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Makeup ” - Sijmen
 
29.
Paris 36 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A man is charged with murder. He is Pigoil, the aging stage manager at Chansonia, a music hall in a Paris faubourg... (120 mins.)
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song: Loin de Paname ” - Sijmen
 
30.
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world. (105 mins.)
Director: Anne Fontaine
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Costume Design ” - Sijmen
 
31.
In the Loop (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries. (106 mins.)
“ Nominated: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
32.
Julie & Julia (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book. (118 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
“ Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role ” - Sijmen
 
33.
The Secret of Kells (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. (75 mins.)
“ Nominated: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
34.
Bright Star (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life. (119 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Costume Design ” - Sijmen
 
35.
A Prophet (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
36.
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. (129 mins.)
“ Best Foreign Language Film of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
37.
The Milk of Sorrow (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the... (95 mins.)
Director: Claudia Llosa
“ Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
38.
Ajami (2009)
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Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami. (124 mins.)
“ Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year ” - Sijmen