Raja Sen's Oscar nominee wishlist for 2010
Every year, just before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces its list of nominees, I list out my own picks for most-deserving candidates.
However, tallying this list with the official nominee ballot -- out February 2 -- is a pointless task, because I'm not gazing into a crystal-ball as much as the navel. This is a wishlist, not one that will truly make the Oscar-voter cut, but these are films and individuals who truly deserve attention, applause, and resultantly a greater audience.
In each category, I've listed the nominees in descending order of preference: the first on the list is my absolute number one pick in each category.
This is a category currently estimated to be a battle between The Hurt Locker and Avatar, but both films pale in front of the two top films of the year, a Spanish romance and an American war film, the most audaciously original films all year. The Academy has expanded the category to include 10 names this time, which is why I choose to push in movie number 10, a delightfully clever romance for the new generation.
Image: A poster of Inglorious Basterds
Tarantino isn't likely to win this category a tussle between Bigelow and Cameron as Reitman is placated with an Adapted Screenplay win. But his film is a sensational achievement, placing him right up there with the best cinematic visionaries of all time.
Image: Suzy Amis and her husband James Cameron
Photographs: Danny Moloshok/Reuters
George Clooney -- Up In The Air
Jeff Bridges -- Crazy Heart
Colin Firth -- A Single Man
Nicolas Cage -- Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans
Michael Stuhlbarg -- A Serious Man
Image: George Clooney in a scene from Up in the Air
Penelope Cruz -- Broken Embraces
Sasha Grey -- The Girlfriend Experience
Emily Blunt -- The Young Victoria
Meryl Streep -- Julie and Julia
Carey Mulligan -- An Education
Image: Penelope Cruz in a scene from Broken Embraces
Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltx -- Inglourious Basterds
Peter Capaldi -- In The Loop
Christopher Plummer -- The Last Station
Woody Harrelson -- The Messenger
Stanley Tucci -- The Lovely Bones
Image: Stanley Tucci in a scene from The Lovely Bones
Best Original Screenplay
A Serious Man
(500) Days Of Summer
Image: A scene from (500) Days Of Summer