Shedding Some NEW Light on the Academy Award Nominees

In Hollywood, even the most beautiful actresses will go for the short, bald man if it means a shot at eternal stardom, which is why Oscar is the man on the minds of starlets like Sandra Bullock, Penelope Cruz, Gabourey Sidibe and Carey Mulligan.  Yesterday, Los Angeles woke up bright and early with bated breathe to watch the “>Oscar Nominations be announced.

Actress Anne Hathaway and A.M.P.A.S. President Tom Sherak did the honors making some people 
beyond rejoiced and others feeling a little rejected. Here is the list of some of the top honors.

Best Picture


The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up in the Air

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Lee Daniels, Precious
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

NY Mag made their actress pick
Best Actress
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress
Penélope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Mo’Nique, Precious

Read more: Oscar Nominations Announced! — Vulture

Congratulations to all the nominees, however there were a few many Hollywood analysts thought were shoe ins for an Oscar nod.  Many thought Daniel Day-Lewis for his work in the less than critically acclaimed movie Nine at least deserved a shout out as well as Emily Blunt for her leading role in The Young Victoria.

Blunt was nominated for a SAG and Golden Globe for her work, so it stood to reason that when Oscar time came around she would be included on the list, but Oscar is a fickle, fickle man.  He also left off Marion Cotillard, also of Nine as well as Inglorious Bastards’ Melaine Laurent and Diane Kruger, despite their ensemble win at the Screen Actor’s Guild Award.

Representing for The Bastards will be Christoph Waltz, whose performance as the eloquently evil Nazi officer will undoubtably and deservedly win him his first golden boy.  Quite surprisingly, Julianne Moore was not mentioned for her incredible work in the visual stunner, A Single Man.  Taking home the only nomination for the Tom Ford movie is Colin Firth who will go head to head with favorite Jeff Bridges.

While the race among the actors heats up the looming question remains, who will win Best Picture? Will it be James Cameron’s sensation Avatar? A gritty independent film like Precious? Or a surprise, like the action packed film The Hurt Locker?  Sadly, my magic ball is in the shop, which means we are all going to have to wait till the awards are handed out March 7th.  Should you want some further light shed on the subject you might want to check out our new Hollywood Studio Lamp Collection.

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