While some got up early to see whether or not Punxsutawney Phil would notice his shadow (he did, for allegedly six more weeks of winter), others arose to see who was in the competition for an Academy Award as the Oscar nominations were announced this morning.
Although the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences usually only nominates five contenders for any one category at most, this year is quite unusual with TEN nominees for Best Picture (alphabetically): Avatar, The Blind Side, District Nine, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, and Up In The Air.
Amongst the nominees are:
*Avatar for Best Director (James Cameron), Best Original Score, Best Special Effects
*The Hurt Locker for Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow), Best Actor (Jeremy Renner)
*Up In The Air for Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Supporting Actress (both Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick), Best Director (Jason Reitman)
*Invictus for Best Actor (Morgan Freeman) and Best Supporting Actor (Matt Damon)
Meanwhile, cinematographer Gordon Willis, actress Lauren Bacall, and producer/director Roger Corman will all be receiving Honorary Academy Awards.
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony, to be co-hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin will be aired live March seventh on the ABC television network.
For more details and a complete list of the nominees, visit www.oscars.org