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The 82nd edition of the Academy Awards was held on March 7, 2010 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. This is the third time for Steve Martin, preceded by the 73rd and 75th editions in 2001 and 2003 respectively.

Steve Martin was nominated for an Emmy for his funny job hosting the 73rd edition of the Oscars. Baldwin and Martin worked together, on the romantic comedy It's Complicated (2009).

Among the presenters were Sacha Baron Cohen, Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, Penelope Cruz, Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Tina Fey, Taylor Lautner, Sean Penn, Tyler Perry, Ben Stiller, Kristen Stewart and Kate Winslet

Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman produced the telecast; Mechanic is the chairman and CEO of Pandemonium Films and the former chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment while Shankman is a director and producer; the films he directed include "Bedtime Stories" (2008), "Hairspray" (2007), "A Walk to Remember" (2002) and "The Wedding Planner" (2001).

The March 7th, 2010 celebration was aired by ABC in the United States at 8PM Eastern Standard Time and preceded by an eight hours live coverage by E Entertainment. Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic were positioned along the red carpet to give fans an extensive insider's look at the 2010 Academy Awards including the celebrities' arrival at the venue. In Latin America it was aired by TNT

This was the first celebration of the academy awards since 1943 featuring more than five films in the Best Picture category. It had 10 nominees for this category.

The most nominated films were James Cameron's Avatar and The Hurt Locker, each one with 9 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. The winner was The Hurt Locker with 6 Oscars compared to Avatar with just 3.

The statistic fact that over the last 20 editions in fifteen opportunities the movies getting the Best Picture award were the most nominated ones continued in the 82nd ceremony of the Academy Awards. Avatar and The Hurt Locker were nominated for Best Picture, and The Hurt Locker won.

However it is curious that the most successful movie in world history with over $2.1 billion at the box office at the time of the Oscars celebration lost against a tiny production of $11 million and slightly over $21 million at the box office by the time of the celebration. Both being equally praised by the critics.

For the Best Actress category, odds favored Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock for their performance in Julie & Julia and The Blind Side respectively. Both have won multiple awards for their last works, including the Critics' Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, however Bullock defeated Streep in the Oscars.

Sandra Bullock also managed to break with this film, the record bull as the first female film actress to achieve profits above $208 million for a film, that puts a female actress as the main star.

In the Best Actor category most polls in Internet as well as critics pointed towards Jeff Bridges for his performance in Crazy Heart followed by Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker. Finally Jeff Bridges won the category.

For the Best Director Category favorites were James Cameron for Avatar, Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. Kathryn Bigelow took the prize.

THE TOP NOMINATED FILMS:

  1. Avatar: 9 nominations
  2. The Hurt Locker: 9 nominations
  3. Inglourious Basterds: 8 nominations
  4. Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire: 6 nominations
  5. Up in the Air: 6 nominations
  6. Up: 5 nominations
  7. District 9: 4 nominations
  8. Nine: 4 nominations
  9. Star Trek: 4 nominations
  10. An Education: 3 nominations
  11. Crazy Heart: 3 nominations
  12. The Princess and the Frog: 3 nominations
  13. The Young Victoria: 3 nominations

NOMINATION / WIN RATIO FOR FILMS WITH MORE THAN 3 NOMINATIONS:

  1. The Hurt Locker: 6/9 = 0.67
  2. Crazy Heart: 2/3 = 0.67
  3. Avatar: 3/9 = 0.33
  4. The Young Victoria: 1/3 = 0.33
  5. Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire: 2/6 = 0.3
  6. Star Trek: 1/4 = 0.25
  7. Inglorious Basterds: 1/8 = 0.125
  8. Up in the Air: 0/6 = 0
  9. Up: 2/5 = 0.4
  10. District 9: 0/4 = 0
  11. Nine: 0/4 = 0
  12. An Education: 0/3 = 0
  13. The Princess and the Frog: 0/3 = 0

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Here is a list with the nominees and winners:
 

BEST PICTURE
Avatar: James Cameron and Jon Landau
The Blind Side: Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson
District 9: Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham
An Education: Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
The Hurt Locker: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro WINNER
Inglourious Basterds: Lawrence Bender
Precious Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire: Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness
A Serious Man: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Up: Jonas Rivera
Up in the Air: Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman

 

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart WINNER
George Clooney for Up in the Air
Colin Firth for A Single Man
Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker

 

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Woody Harrelson for The Messenger
Christopher Plummer for The Last Station
Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds WINNER

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side WINNER
Helen Mirren for The Last Station
Carey Mulligan for An Education
Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Penélope Cruz for Nine
Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air
Mo'Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire WINNER

 

BEST 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 WINNER

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Avatar: Mauro Fiore WINNER
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Bruno Delbonnel
The Hurt Locker: Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds: Robert Richardson
The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band): 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 WINNER

 

BEST ART DIRECTOR
Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg (Art Direction); Kim Sinclair (Set Decoration) for Avatar WINNER
Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro (Art Direction); Caroline Smith (Set Decoration) for The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
John Myhre (Art Direction); Gordon Sim (Set Decoration) for Nine
Sarah Greenwood (Art Direction); Katie Spencer (Set Decoration) for Sherlock Holmes
Patrice Vermette (Art Direction); Maggie Gray (Set Decoration) for The Young Victoria

 

BEST DIRECTOR
James Cameron for Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker WINNER
Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels for Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Jason Reitman for Up in the Air

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Burma VJAnders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
The Cove: Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens WINNER
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

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
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 WINNER
Rabbit à la Berlin: Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

 

BEST FILM EDITING
Avatar: Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
District 9: Julian Clarke
The Hurt Locker: Bob Murawski and Chris Innis WINNER
Inglourious Basterds: Sally Menke
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire: Joe Klotz

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada): Peru. Directed by Claudia Llosa
A Prophet (Un Prophète): France. Directed by Jacques Audiard
The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos): Argentina. Directed by Juan José Campanella WINNER
The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band): Germany. Directed by Michael Haneke

 

MAKEUP
Il Divo: Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
Star Trek: Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow WINNER
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 WINNER

 

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
The Princess and the Frog - "Almost There": Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
The Princess and the Frog - "Down in New Orleans": Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
Paris 36 - "Loin de Paname": Music by Reinhardt Wagner, Lyric by Frank Thomas
Nine - "Take It All": Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
Crazy Heart - "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)": Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett WINNER

 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
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 WINNER
A Matter of Loaf and Death: Nick Park

 

BEST SHORT FILM
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 WINNER

  

BEST SOUND EDITING
Avatar: Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
The Hurt Locker: Paul N.J. Ottosson WINNER
Inglourious Basterds: Wylie Stateman
Star Trek: Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
Up: Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

 

BEST SOUND MIXING
Avatar: Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
The Hurt Locker: Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett WINNER
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

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Avatar: Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones WINNER
District 9: Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
Star Trek: Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

 

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 WINNER
Up in the Air: Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

 

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
The Hurt Locker: Written by Mark Boal WINNER
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

           
These are the submitted films that have qualified for consideration for nomination of the 82nd Academy Awards:

ADAM, ADORATION, ADVENTURELAND, ADVENTURES OF POWER, ALIENS IN THE ATTIC, ALL ABOUT STEVE, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL, AMELIA, AMERICAN VIOLET, AMREEKA, ANGELS & DEMONS, ANTICHRIST, ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL, ARMORED, ASTRO BOY, AVATAR, AWAY WE GO, BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS, BATTLE FOR TERRA, A BEAUTIFUL LIFE, BLACK DYNAMITE, THE BLIND SIDE, BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE, THE BLUE TOOTH VIRGIN, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY, THE BOX, THE BOYS ARE BACK, THE BOYS: THE SHERMAN, BROTHERS' STORY, BRIDE WARS, BRIGHT STAR, BROKEN EMBRACES, BRONSON, BROTHERS, BROTHERS AT WAR, BRUNO, THE BURNING PLAIN, BY THE PEOPLE: THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA, CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY, CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA, CHERI, CHERRY BLOSSOMS, CIRQUE DU FREAK: THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, COCO BEFORE CHANEL, COLD SOULS, CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC, CORALINE, COUPLES RETREAT, THE COVE, CRANK HIGH VOLTAGE, CRAZY HEART, CREATION, CROSSING OVER, CRUDE, THE DAMNED UNITED, DANCE FLICK, DAYTIME DRINKING, DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS?, DISGRACE, DISNEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, DISTRICT 9, THE DOLPHIN - STORY OF A DREAMER, DON'T FADE AWAY, DRAG ME TO HELL, DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION, DUPLICITY, EASY VIRTUE, THE ECLIPSE, AN EDUCATION, EVA, EVERY LITTLE STEP, EVERYBODY'S FINE, EXTRACT, FACING ALI, FAME, FANTASTIC MR. FOX, FAST & FURIOUS, FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING, FIGHTING, THE FINAL DESTINATION, FIRED UP, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, THE FOURTH KIND, FRANKIE & ALICE, FREE STYLE, FRIDAY THE 13TH, FUNNY PEOPLE, G-FORCE, G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, GAMER, GENTLEMEN BRONCOS, GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST, GOOD HAIR, GOODBYE SOLO, THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD, THE HANGOVER, HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, THE HEADLESS WOMAN, HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, HOME, HOTEL FOR DOGS, THE HURT LOCKER, I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER, I LOVE YOU MAN, ICE AGE DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS, IL DIVO, THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS, IMAGINE THAT, IN THE LOOP, THE INFORMANT!, INGLOURIOUS, BASTERDS, INK, INKHEART, THE INTERNATIONAL, THE INVENTION OF LYING, INVICTUS, IRENE IN TIME, IRON CROSS, IS ANYBODY THERE?, IT MIGHT GET LOUD, IT'S COMPLICATED, JENNIFER'S BODY, JONAS BROTHERS: THE 3D CONCERT EXPERIENCE, JULIA, JULIE & JULIA, KNOWING, LAND OF THE LOST, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, THE LAST STATION, LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, THE LIGHTKEEPERS, THE LIMITS OF CONTROL, LITTLE ASHES, THE LITTLE TRAITOR, LONDON RIVER, LOOKING FOR PALLADIN, LORNA'S SILENCE, THE LOSS OF A TEARDROP DIAMOND, LOVE HAPPENS, THE LOVELY BONES, LYMELIFE, THE MAID, MANAGEMENT, MARY AND MAX, MARY PICKFORD: THE MUSE OF THE MOVIES, ME AND ORSON WELLES, MEMORYMAN, THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS, THE MERRY GENTLEMAN, THE MESSENGER, MICHAEL JACKSON'S THIS IS IT, THE MISFORTUNATES, MISS MARCH, THE MISSING LYNX, THE MISSING PERSON, MONSTERS VS ALIENS, MOON, MORE THAN A GAME, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, MY LIFE IN RUINS, MY ONE AND ONLY, MY SISTER'S KEEPER, NEW IN TOWN, NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN, 9, NINE, NINJA ASSASSIN, NOT EASILY BROKEN, NOTORIOUS, OBSERVE AND REPORT, OBSESSED, OCEAN OF PEARLS, OLD DOGS, ORPHAN, OY VEY! MY SON IS GAY!, THE PACK, PANDORUM, PAPER HEART, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, PARIS 36, PAUL BLART MALL COP, A PERFECT GETAWAY, PETER AND VANDY, THE PINK PANTHER 2, PIRATE RADIO, PLANET 51, PONYO, POST GRAD, PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE, THE PROPOSAL, PUBLIC ENEMIES, RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, RED CLIFF, THE ROAD, RUDO Y CURSI, SAW VI, THE SECRET OF KELLS, THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, SERBIAN SCARS, SERBIS, A SERIOUS MAN, 17 AGAIN, SHERLOCK HOLMES, SHORTS, SHRINK, SIMON & MALOU, SIN NOMBRE, A SINGLE MAN, SKIN, THE SOLOIST, THE SONG OF SPARROWS, SOUL POWER, STAR TREK, STATE OF PLAY, THE STEPFATHER, THE STONING OF SORAYA M., STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI, STREETBALLERS, SUGAR, SUNSHINE CLEANING, SURROGATES, TAKEN, THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3, TAKING WOODSTOCK, TERMINATOR SALVATION, TETRO, THAT EVENING SUN, THIRST, THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, TINKER BELL AND THE LOST TREASURE, TOKYO SONATA, A TOWN CALLED PANIC, TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, TRUCKER, 12 ROUNDS, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, TWO LOVERS, 2012, TYLER PERRY'S I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF, TYLER PERRY'S MADEA GOES TO JAIL, TYSON, THE UGLY TRUTH, THE UNBORN, UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS, THE UNINVITED, (UNTITLED), UP, UP IN THE AIR, VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR, THE VICIOUS KIND, WALT & EL GRUPO, WATCHMEN, THE WEDDING SONG, WHATEVER WORKS, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, WHIP IT, THE WHITE RIBBON, WHITEOUT, A WOMAN IN BERLIN, WORLD'S GREATEST DAD, X GAMES 3D: THE MOVIE, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, YEAR ONE, YES MADAM SIR, THE YOUNG VICTORIA, YOUSSOU N'DOUR: I BRING WHAT I LOVE, ZOMBIELAND

 


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I can't believe this!

I can't believe how Avatar has been chosen as one of the favorites, when it is just a bunch of special effects during 2:30 hours, with no story and argument at all. What happened with the good old times when the story came first, when they had to choose the best film of the year. My pick would be The Blind Side, it has a strong story, and to me that's the most important parameter to take into account when choosing a best movie.

Also, I don't like this 10 films thing for the Best Film category. I think they're quite a lot. I hope they go back to 5 next year. The category is too much crowded.

I think you are wrong.

I think you are wrong. Avatar actually HAS a story. While not my favorite, it still has a strong and deep story behind. The film is full of messages, you have to just get them . It is not just a tech-preview of how movies are going to be in the future. I think traditional films will keep existing, and as in the case of 3D films (i.e. Shrek, The Ice Age, etc) they will co-exist. This is just a new technology (actually the Polar express is kind of similar, and traditional filmaking did not disappear, and it was a great breakthrough in its time, well, maybe not as much as Avatar and I think that's thank to its strong story).

As for what should the academy choose or not; I guess there are not shoulds or should nots when it is about their choices. If Avatar is the best film of the year independently of its technological format I think it's all right to me. No matter its format, be it black and white, a color film, cartoon, 3D, conventional, drama, comedy or science fiction; what matters is the whole set not just certain details when choosing a nominated film to win its category.

As for the 10 movies in the Best Picture category, I think there were too many potential movies capable of winning that one, so in order to add more interest in the audience as well as to lower the odds for each film they decided to make it a 10 films category. However, I think next year they will go back to the usual standard 5 movies format.