This year's Oscar nominations were announced early this morning. Click the title of this post for the full list at First Showing.
There are some very deserved acting nominees this year, including Sandra Bullock, who received her first-ever nomination for THE BLIND SIDE.
Bullock will have stiff competition from Meryl Streep, who received a nomination for her remarkably on-target portrayal of Julia Child in JULIE AND JULIA. I'd love to see Bullock win but wouldn't argue if Streep were chosen.
George Clooney's outstanding turn in UP IN THE AIR received a Best Actor nomination. UP IN THE AIR actresses Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga were also nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category.
THE BLIND SIDE and UP IN THE AIR were among the ten Best Picture nominees in this year's expanded nominee list.
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG was one of five films nominated for Best Animated Feature, a category I expect will ultimately be won by Disney-Pixar's UP, which was also nominated for Best Picture. Two songs from THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, "Almost There" and "Down in New Orleans," were nominated for Best Song, while UP was nominated for Best Original Score.
I would have liked to see THE YOUNG VICTORIA receive more nominations, though I wasn't really expecting it. (Emily Blunt received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress, but the Golden Globes have two different lead actress categories, for dramas and comedies/musicals, so there's more room for nominations there.) THE YOUNG VICTORIA received nominations for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, and Best Makeup.
All in all, this was the most family-friendly slate of nominations in quite a while. I saw more of the nominated films last year than I'd seen in years, and I hope we continue to see more films of this caliber released in 2010.
Previously: 2006, 2007, and 2008. 2009 was such a bad year I didn't bother to comment!