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Arthur J Pais' Oscar nominee wishlist for 2010

Last updated on: January 29, 2010 16:29 IST

Image: Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker
Arthur J Pais in Mumbai

What I love about Hollywood and the Oscars is that there is room for all kinds of movies, the behemoths as well as hole-in-the-wall kind of films.

Though the list for the best picture nomination has been extended to 10, I am listing my favourite candidates in the first half of the list.

One of them is Precious, a dark, often harrowing but in the final reckoning a life-affirming film which lost its steam a few weeks after its strong opening and now it could end its North American run with about $45 million. A solid number for a film that cost about $10 million to make and about $25 million to market.

It could also do well when DVD and Blu-Ray discs are out. But the film was expected, following dazzling reception at the Toronto International Film Festival and elsewhere, and Oprah's endorsement, to gross at least $100 million. It is certainly among my top five.

My list also contains the mesmerizing German film White Ribbon about study of fascism in a seemingly charming and quiet German village.

Pedro Almodovar's suspenseful Spanish film Broken Embraces also is worthy of a nomination. It is a kind of film Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchock would have made had they collaborated on it.

Invictus, the post-apartheid drama directed by Clint Eastwood, got good reviews. But the $60 million suspense film which is uplifting and funny did a mediocre $38 million business in North America. If the French box office is any vindication, where the film is headed for a $30 million gross, Eastwood's film is headed for a small profit, even without any Oscar nominations.

The utterly crazy and inventive comedy The Hangover should be taken seriously too.

On the other side of the spectrum, is the heart-pounding and suspenseful The Hurt Locker which also has several fabulous performances.

Best Picture

Inglourious Basterds
Up in the Air
The Hurt Locker
White Ribbon     
The Hangover
Broken Embraces

Best Director

Image: Jason Reitman and wife Lee
Photographs: Danny Moloshok/Reuters

James Cameron, Avatar

Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

Lee Danilels, Precious

Quinton Tarrantino, Inglourious Basterds

Pedro Almodovar, Broken Embraces

Katherine Bigelow, Hurt Locker

Best Actor

Image: Colin Firth in A Single Man

Morgan Freeman, Invictus

George Clooney, Up in the Air

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Colin Firth,  A Single Man

Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

Best Actress

Image: Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

Penelope Cruz, Broken Embraces

Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Gabouery Sidibe, Precious

Carey Mulligan, An Education

Best Supporting Actor

Image: Matt Damon in Invictus

Stanley Tucci, Julie & Julia

Zach Galifiankes, The Hangover

Christopher Waltz, Inglorious Basterds

Matt Damon, Invictus

Christian Bale, Public Enemies

Best Supporting Actress

Image: Amy Adams in Julie And Julia

Mo'Nique, Precious

Amy Adams, Julie & Julia

Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

Saoirse Ronan, Lovely Bones

Julianna Moore, A Single Man