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Arthur J Pais' Oscar nominee wishlist for 2010

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

Arthur J Pais' Oscar nominee wishlist for 2010


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

Image: Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker


Best Director

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James Cameron, Avatar

Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

Lee Danilels, Precious

Quinton Tarrantino, Inglourious Basterds

Pedro Almodovar, Broken Embraces

Katherine Bigelow, Hurt Locker

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

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Morgan Freeman, Invictus

George Clooney, Up in the Air

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Colin Firth,  A Single Man

Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

Image: Colin Firth in A Single Man

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Best Actress

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Penelope Cruz, Broken Embraces

Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Gabouery Sidibe, Precious

Carey Mulligan, An Education

Image: Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

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Best Supporting Actor

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Stanley Tucci, Julie & Julia

Zach Galifiankes, The Hangover

Christopher Waltz, Inglorious Basterds

Matt Damon, Invictus

Christian Bale, Public Enemies

Image: Matt Damon in Invictus

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Best Supporting Actress

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Mo'Nique, Precious

Amy Adams, Julie & Julia

Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

Saoirse Ronan, Lovely Bones

Julianna Moore, A Single Man

Image: Amy Adams in Julie And Julia

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