Here's a thread to discuss which movies, actors, directors, and others are creating buzz to get ready for the big ceremony on March 7, 2010.
One question: Has 2009 been a disappointing year for movies altogether? That's what I've been reading over the web, but IMO, I don't think this year has been so bad.
In the latest EW issue (January 8, 2010), they listed The 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night. Here's the list:
Up in the Air
The Hurt Locker (DVD: January 12) (I want to see this so, so, so, so badly )
Inglourious Basterds (DVD: out today)
Up (DVD: out today)
A Serious Man
Julie & Julia (DVD: out today)
A Single Man
The Blind Side
The Last Station
Star Trek (DVD: out today)
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Lovely Bones
(500) Days of Summer
The Young Victoria
Bright Star (DVD: January 26)
The Informant! (DVD: February 23)
Anything else you think should be added to the list? I would add the movie Moon. I haven't seen it, nor have I heard much about it, but I've heard that it's one of the best movies this year. But not much buzz has been surrounded it, so I doubt it will get nominated. I would also add Coraline and The Princess and the Frog, as they'll probably round out the Best Animated Feature category.
Out of the list, I've seen Avatar, Precious, Up, The Blind Side, and Star Trek. I still have a lot to go! I doubt that I'll be able to get to everything, but so far, I think this is the most progress I've made out of every year. I think I'm going to go see Invictus before my break ends.
Best Actor - Colin Firth (A Single Man), George Clooney (Up in the Air), Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
Best Actress - Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Carey Mulligan (An Education), Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)
(On a side note, I think this has been a really strong year for the actresses out there, as opposed to the actors. There are a number of contenders out there.)
Best Supporting Actor - Matt Damon (Invictus), Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), Woody Harrelson (The Messenger)
Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique (Precious), Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air)
(If I had to bet money on any nominee out of every category, it would be Mo'Nique. Honestly, I never would have thought she would have ever even been nominated, but she was stellar in her role as Mary in Precious. There has also been a lot of buzz surrounding her. Another thing: I can't believe a Twilight alum has shown she has acting chops! Not to be judgmental or anything, I just never would have thought it. I really want to see Up in the Air and see how Anna does.
Best Director - Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), James Cameron (Avatar), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air)
(If Kathryn pulls this out, she'll become only the 4th female director to be nominated and the first woman to ever win. Now that's a feat. And I've read that she and James Cameron are ex-husband and ex-wife. Now there's a little jab if she does win.
I just listed 3 for each, so there are many more contenders out there. Anything else you think has a shot?