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Oscar nominees on DVD

It's been 24 hours and you're already on the Internet so I'm sure you've seen the list of the 2009 ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS, announced yesterday morning at 5:38am by Academy President Tom Sherak and a bright eyed Anne Hathaway (though the E! correspondents were a bit tired, one of them said Meryl Streep should win for The Blind Side). Within an hour there were over 100 comments on Awards Daily's thread, filled with whoos (people love The Hurt Locker), boos (many were sad Star Trek wasn't up for Best Picture and that 500 Days of Summer didn't get a single nod), and ?!? (Really, The Blind Side? Could Sandra Bullock WIN?) We of course have been hashing out our thoughts. It's nice to see three of our Best of the Decade picks- Inglourious Basterds, District 9 and Up--get Best Picture nods, as well as nominations for our 2009 Staff Favorites The Cove, In The Loop and Coraline. We were disappointed that Where the Wild Things Are was overlooked, even for the Golden Globe nominated score. I was happy to see Nick Hornby get nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for An Education. It's an excellent film, but I fear it doesn't have much of a chance against Up In The Air or Precious. The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner's nomination for Best Actor was also great. This morning I discovered via Awards Daily's Twitter feed a link to Renner's family in Modesto, CA reacting to the announcement. Please watch and have tissues standing by. Also over at AD is footage of Renner, director Kathryn Bigelow and co-star Anthony Mackie (whom many feel should have been nominated, me among them) on yesterday's Today show. Meredith Vieira notes to Bigelow that she's only the fourth woman to be nominated for Best Director (along with Lina Wertmueller (Seven Beauties), Jane Campion (The Piano) and Sofia Coppola (Lost In Translation) for those of you keeping up with your trivia). Considering she already is the first woman to win the Director's Guild Award, there's a good chance she'll be taking home the Oscar. If you need to catch up on the nominated films before the big show on Sunday, March 7th, here's a list of films we already have on DVD and what they're nominated for: Bright Star--Best Costume Design Coraline--Best Animated Feature (I remember sitting in the theater while the credits rolled, wishing Pixar wasn't putting out a film that year so it would have a shot at winning this award). The Cove--Best Documentary Feature (the favorite so far) District 9--Best Visual Effects, Film Editing, Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture Il Divo--Best Makeup Food, Inc.--Best Documentary Feature Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince--Best Cinematography The Hurt Locker--Cinematography, Film Editing, Best Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Jeremy Renner!!), Best Director and Best Picture. Go Team Bigelow!! In The Loop--Best Adapted Screenplay Inglourious Basterds--Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz, who darn well better win), Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. Go Team Quentin! Julie & Julia--Meryl Streep is nominated for Best Actress Paris 36--Best Original Song --"Loin de Paname" Star Trek--Best Makeup, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen--Best Sound Mixing (not Visual Effects!) Up--Sound Editing, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Animated Feature and Best Picture. We're sure it at least has Best Animated Feature locked in. Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death--Best Animated Short The Young Victoria--It's not out domestically on DVD, but we do have this nominee for Art Direction, Makeup and Costume design on an import PAL Code 2 DVD. Ask us if you're curious about how to play such discs. NOMINEES ARRIVING LATER IN FEBRUARY: Feb. 9th--A Serious Man--Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay Feb. 16th--Coco Before Chanel--Best Costume Design WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE MOVIES? Several of the nominees are scheduled to be released on DVD after the Oscars on March 7th. Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire, nominated for Film Editing, Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique), Best Actress (the awesome Gabourney Sidibe in her first film), Best Director (Lee Daniels) and Best Picture, comes out the following Tuesday, March 9th. Disney's The Princess and The Frog, nominated for Best Animated Feature and twice for Best Original Song (for Randy Newman's "Almost There" and "Down in New Orleans") arrives the following week on Tuesday, March 16th. March 23rd brings Wes Anderson's Best Animated Feature nominee Fantastic Mr. Fox (see my thoughts on Coraline above), and The Blind Side, nominated for Best Actress (Sandra Bullock, the favorite to win so far) and Best Picture. Sherlock Holmes, nominated for Best Art Direction and Original Score (and starring surprise Golden Globe winner Robert Downey, Jr.) should arrive on DVD Tuesday, March 30th. After those titles, the DVD release dates get a bit fuzzy. Of the remaining Best Picture nominees, An Education and Up In The Air are estimated to come out in either late March or April. We can only imagine it will be at least until summer until Avatar runs out of steam and shows up on DVD. April may also bring Terry Gilliam's The Imagination of Doctor Parnassus, nominated for Best Art Direction and Costume Design, and Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon, nominated for Best Cinematography (it's in B&W) and Best Foreign Language Film. UPDATE: Our friends at Oscilloscope Laboratories have just announced The Messenger, nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor Woody Harrelson, will be out on DVD on May18th, and Best Documentary Feature nominee Burma VJ will arrive on June 8th. We'll keep you updated when we hear definitive release dates for the remaining nominees. In the meantime, many are still in theaters. Crazy Heart, starring nominees Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal and featuring the frontrunner for Best Original Song, is currently playing over at our good neighbors The Seven Gables. The White Ribbon just opened last weekend at Harvard Exit, the first (as far as I can tell) of the Foreign Language film nominees to play in town. Let's hope more follow suit. They're showing several nominated films down the street from us at the Metro as well. Check Landmark's site for all the details. As March 7th draws closer, we'll be following Awards Daily and The Carpetbagger for breaking Oscar news & gossip. Let us know what you think of the nominees, what you think will and what you wish would win. Remember, the Oscars start at 5pm our time on Sunday, March 7th with hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin (insert happy dance here). Stay tuned for more Oscar on DVD news as well as updates on parties in town (we already know our neighbors at Dante's are hosting a big shindig that afternoon, more details to come). Happy Oscar season, everyone! hurtlocker

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