By Sanriel Chris Ajero

In a few hours, history will be rewritten as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally unveils its 2010 Academy Award nominees. This will be the first time that TEN films will be shortlisted for the Best Picture race. Here are some short notes on the possible nominees for the major categories in my opinion.


*Best Picture will be boring due to the huge room they’re opening even for not so deserving pictures. SURE LOCKS: The Hurt Locker, Avatar, Inglourious Basterds, Up in the Air and Precious. The 2nd five, I predict, will include: An Education, Up and Invictus. I will gamble for A Serious Man and Nine (even though they were not that well regarded in precursors because of Coens’ appeal and Weinstein’s influence, respectively). Darkhorses for this race: District 9 and 500 Days of Summer if the Academy is cool enough, A Single Man and The Messenger if they want to give credit to unrewardedly good films, or The Blind Side if they looove Sandra Bullock soooo much.

*Best Director is an easy-to-predict category this year. SURE LOCKS: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), James Cameron (Avatar) and Jason Reitman (Up in the Air). For the last spot, I’m torn between Daniels and Eastwood. The latter directed a film not-so-highly-regarded this year but is a perrenial Oscar voter favorite. Given that, I think he’s been rewarded far too much by the Academy and I would go for Lee Daniels (Precious) this time. Darkhorses: Clint Eastwood (Invictus) and Coen Brothers (A Serious Man). I don’t think I missed anyone else here.

*Best Actress will be an exciting ride following the Razzie nod of Bullock. But that wouldn’t take away her nomination. SURE LOCKS: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Meryl Streep (Julie and Julia), Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Gabourey Sibide (Precious). For the final spot, it is between Helen Mirren (The Last Station) and Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria) in my opinion. I haven’t seen both films yet, but I’ll pick Mirren for now. Darkhorses: Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria), Marion Cotillard (Nine) and Abbie Cornish (Bright Star).

*Best Actor will be filled with actors with careers spanning years (and even generations) but still managing to do their career-best performances this year. SURE LOCKS: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), George Clooney (Up in the Air), Colin Firth (A Single Man), and Morgan Freeman (Invictus). Last spot belongs to a relatively new in the industry. It is between Renner, Maguire, Stuhlbarg, or Gordon-Levitt. I’m gambling, this time, for Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker). Darkhorses: Tobey Maguire (Brothers), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer).

Lunch break’s over. Major awards na lang. I’ll put effort na lang pag awards na. Noms pa lang naman. In a few hours, Anne Hathaway will be announcing this year’s set of Academy Awards nominees. Be sure to catch it! 🙂