Academy Award Nominees
And the winner is... Actually, you're gonna have to wait until March 7th to find out. But you can pick up some of the nominated movies now.
The Blind Side isn't out on DVD or Blu-ray until March 23rd, but you can go ahead and place your order for this sports-drama film. It's nominated for Best Picture, and for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Sandra Bullock. Based on the 2006 book, the story centers on Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman, Michael Oher, and how his impoverished upbringing and adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy shaped his life and career.... more
Last year saw a re-imagining of the Star Trek franchise and it earned high critical praise, as well as nominations for Best Makeup, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects for this year's Academy Awards. The film features the main characters of the original Star Trek television series and follows them as they unite aboard the USS Enterprise to combat Nero. Leonard Nimoy also makes a guest appearance as the original Spock.
Crazy Heart is up for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Jeff Bridges, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Best Music (Original Song). Even though the movie hasn't been released to DVD or Blu-ray just yet, you can listen to The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart) on the Crazy Heart Soundtrack. Ryan Bingham sings the theme song, and the actual actors, including Jeff Bridges, Colin Farrell, and Robert... more
The sixth film in the Harry Potter film series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is up for Best Cinematography in this year's Academy Awards, with Bruno Delbonnel as the cinematographer. The film follows Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they try to find out what assignment Lord Voldemort has given Draco Malfoy. Dumbledore also gives Harry a glimpse into the mind of a young Voldemort where we find out his true intentions.
Based on the popular children's novel by Neil Gaiman, Coraline is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at this year's Academy Awards. Ignored by her busy parents, Coraline sets off to explore her new home and stumbles upon a locked door that takes her into a world very similar to her own, but in this one her parents dote on her and have buttons for eyes. It's a fun, imaginative story that will entertain... more
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Food, Inc. explores large-scale agricultural food production in the United States and its effects on our society. The film is broken into three segments that look at industrial meat production, and industrial grain and vegetable production and how they impact the economy, environment, and our health. The film is narrated by author Michael Pollan as well as Eric Schlosser who are both critics of industrial food production.
Coco Before Chanel is nominated this year for Best Costume Design. Directed by Anne Fontaine, this film explores the woman behind the Chanel brand and is set a few years after Coco leaves an orphanage. She becomes both a seamstress for performers in a local bar and a singer. A romantic liaison introduces her into French society, where she starts designing hats. From there, a love interest opens more opportunities in the fashion world.... more
It wouldn't be the Oscars if Meryl Streep weren't a contender. This time, she's nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Julia Child in the movie, Julie & Julia. Written and directed by Nora Ephron, the story is adapted from two books and follows Julia Child as she begins her culinary career, and Julie Powell, as she documents her daily experiences cooking recipes from Child's Mastering the Art of... more
The Hurt Locker is nominated for a ton of Oscar categories this year, including Best Picture, Actor in Leading Role, Directing, and Cinematography. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the story follows members of a U.S. Army EOD unit in Iraq and shows how they deal with the constant stress and emotions that come with defusing bombs and the threat of insurgency. This intense film also looks at the tension that develops among them as they... more
This science fiction thriller, directed by Neill Blomkamp, is nominated for Best Picture, Film Editing, Visual Effects, and Writing (Adapted Screenplay). District 9 centers on a bureaucrat assigned to relocate a race of extraterrestrial creatures to an internment camp outside the city. Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, District 9 explores themes of xenophobia and social segregation, and is based on events that took place in Cape Town during the apartheid era.