Will the 2010 Oscars take a bold new direction?

January 26, 2010

By Ehrik Aldana

By Ehrik Aldana

In 2009, moviegoers played witness to floating mountains, alien apartheid, levitating houses, time-warping red matter and at least three incarnations of George Clooney — those of which included a hippie and a talking fox.

Another year of film is over, and the movie awards season is creeping up with Oscar gold just around the corner. Of the 274 films eligible for the 2009 Oscar race, 10 — an adjustment from previous years’ five — will receive nominations for the Best Picture award.

Many professional associations, such as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the American Film Institute, the Writers Guild of America, Producers Guild of America and countless critic groups across America, have chipped in their two cents as to what films they feel should be regarded as 2009’s best.

The contenders include widely acclaimed films that range from:

-Oscar-friendly dramas — “Up in the Air,” “The Hurt Locker” and “Invictus.”

-Obscure indies — “A Serious Man,” “An Education” and “Precious.”

-Family-geared animated features — “Coraline,” “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Up.”

-And blockbuster science fiction films — “Avatar,” “District 9” and “Star Trek.”

Then, there are those that can hardly be classified into a particular genre, like Quentin Tarantino’s World War II spaghetti western — “Inglourious Basterds.”

While 2009 may not have been regarded by critics as one of the best years for the traditional Oscar spread of drama, it certainly was one of the most diverse in quality and will have a lasting impact on the standards to which sci-fi, animation and other genre films will be held.

Nominations for the 82nd annual Academy Awards will be released Feb. 2. The ceremony is March 7, and will be broadcast on ABC.

Teen Talk

“What is your pick for best film, best actor and best actress?

Issaquah High School

Best Film: ‘Sherlock Holmes’

Best Actor: Will Smith in ‘Seven Pounds’

Best Actress: Rachel McAdams in ‘Sherlock Holmes’

— Derrick Brown, sophomore

Best Film: ‘Avatar’

Best Actor: Taylor Lautner in ‘New Moon’

Best Actress: Rachel McAdams in ‘Sherlock Holmes’

— Lauren Peterson, junior

Liberty High School

Best Film: ‘The Hangover’

Best Actor: Clive Owen in ‘The International’

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock in ‘The Proposal’

— Sean Callahan, senior

Best Film: ‘New Moon’

Best Actor: Hugh Jackman in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock in ‘The Proposal’

— Mollie Cooke, freshman

Skyline High School

Best Film: ‘Avatar’

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis in ‘Nine’

Best Actress: Meryl Streep in ‘It’s Complicated’

— Jamie Klavano, sophomore

Best Film: ‘Inglourious Basterds’

Best Actor: Morgan Freeman in ‘Invictus’

Best Actress: Gabourey Sidibe in ‘Precious’

— Abby Whitaker, sophomore

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