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 The 82nd Academy Awards
for films released in 2009   Recipients in blue font.
Best Picture
Best Direction
Animated Feature Film
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air


James Cameron — Avatar

Kathryn Bigelow — The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino — Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels — Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Jason Reitman — Up in the Air

 

Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Up

Actor in a Leading Role

Jeff Bridges — Crazy Heart
George Clooney — Up in the Air
Colin Firth — A Single Man
Morgan Freeman — Invictus
Jeremy Renner — The Hurt Locker

Actress in a Leading Role

Sandra Bullock — The Blind Side
Helen Mirren — The Last Station
Carey Mulligan — An Education
Gabourey Sidibe — Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Meryl Streep — Julie & Julia

Actor in a Supporting Role

Matt Damon — Invictus
Woody Harrelson — The Messenger
Christopher Plummer — The Last Station
Stanley Tucci — The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz — Inglourious Basterds

Actress in a Supporting Role

Penélope Cruz — Nine
Vera Farmiga — Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal — Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick — Up in the Air
Mo’Nique — Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Writing (Original Screenplay)

The Hurt Locker (Written by Mark Boal)
Inglourious Basterds (Written by Quentin Tarantino)
The Messenger (Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman)
A Serious Man (Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
Up (Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

District 9 (Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
An Education (Screenplay by Nick Hornby)
In the Loop (Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche)
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher)
Up in the Air (Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner)

Short Film (Live Action)

The Door (Juanita Wilson and James Flynn)
Instead of Abracadabra (Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström)
Kavi (Gregg Helvey)
Miracle Fish (Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey)
The New Tenants (Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson)

Short Film (Animated)

French Roast  (Fabrice O. Joubert)
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty (Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell)
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte) (Javier Recio Gracia)
Logorama (Nicolas Schmerkin)
A Matter of Loaf and Death (Nick Park)

 

Art Direction

Avatar
Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg;
Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro;
Set Decoration: Caroline Smith

 


Nine

Art Direction: John Myhre;
Set Decoration: Gordon Sim

Sherlock Holmes
Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer

The Young Victoria
Art Direction: Patrice Vermette;
Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

 

Documentary (Feature)

Burma VJ

The Cove

Food, Inc.

The Most Dangerous Man in
America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Which Way Home

Documentary (Short Subject)

China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province

The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant

Music by Prudence

Rabbit à la Berlin

Foreign Language Film

Ajami ( Israel)

El Secreto de Sus Ojos
(Argentina)


The Milk of Sorrow
( Peru)

Un Prophète
(France)

The White Ribbon
(Germany)

Cinematography

Avatar (Mauro Fiore)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Bruno Delbonnel)

The Hurt Locker (Barry Ackroyd)

Inglourious Basterds (Robert Richardson)

The White Ribbon ( Christian Berger)

Costume Design

Bright Star (Janet Patterson)

Coco before Chanel (Catherine Leterrier)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Monique Prudhomme)

Nine (Colleen Atwood)

The Young Victoria (Sandy Powell)

Makeup

Il Divo (Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano)

Star Trek (Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow)


The Young Victoria (Jon Henry)

Gordon and Jenny Shircore)

Film Editing

Avatar (Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron)

District 9 (Julian Clarke)

The Hurt Locker
(Bob Murawski and Chris Innis)

Inglourious Basterds (Sally Menke)

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (Joe Klotz)

Music (Original Score)

Avatar (James Horner)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (Alexandre Desplat)

The Hurt Locker (Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders)

Sherlock Holmes (Hans Zimmer)

Up (Michael Giacchino)

Music (Original Song)

“Almost There"
from The Princess and the Frog
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

“Down in New Orleans"
from The Princess and the Frog
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

“Loin de Paname"
from Paris 36
Music by Reinhardt Wagner
Lyric by Frank Thomas

“Take It All" from Nine
Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston

“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from Crazy Heart
Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett

 

Sound Editing

Avatar (Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle)

The Hurt Locker (Paul N. J. Ottosson)

Inglourious Basterds (Wylie Stateman)

Star Trek
(Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin)

Up (Michael Silvers and Tom Myers)

Sound Mixing

Avatar (Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson)

The Hurt Locker
(Paul N. J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett)


Inglourious Basterds
(Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano)

Star Trek
(Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
(Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson)

Visual Effects

Avatar (Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones)

District 9
(Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken)

Star Trek (Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton)

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