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Tony’s 2009 Oscar Nominations & Winners

by Tony Medley

Some things don’t seem to change. Once again the Oscars® have nominated films most normal movie-goers would view as unworthy, which is why most people watch the Oscars® to see what the women are wearing. The idea of a “best” is that it be entertaining. But Oscar® eschews the importance of entertainment in making its evaluations for its awards. Make an apolitical independent film, like “Me and Orson Welles,” well, forget it, regardless of the quality or entertainment value.

Even though Oscar® continues to ignore comedy, you’ll see lots of recognition for comedies and comedic actors in this list, even for movies that were not A+, like “Year One” and the bomb “Couples Retreat.”

As I’ve said before, an actor who takes mediocre material and makes something memorable is more deserving of award consideration than someone working with outstanding material. So Peter Serafoniwicz and David Cross are nominated for sparkling, funny, memorable performances with undistinguished material. And it’s mind-boggling that Oscar® failed to recognize performances like the one given by Peter Sarsgaard in “An Education.”

Here’s the way I would have nominated (since they are my nominations, I’m not limited to five, but even though the Academy extended the list for Best Picture to ten, I could only name nine that were deserving). My winner is indicated by an asterisk:

 Best Original Screenplay

Bruce Joel Cohen (Adventureland)

Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer)

*Julian Fellowes (The Young Victoria)

Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart)

Sheldon Turner & Jason Reitman (Up in the air)

Quinton Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds)

 Best Adapted Screenplay

Bruce Joel Rubin (The Time Traveler’s Wife)

Nick Hornby (An Education)

John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side)

*Holly Gent Palmo and Vince Palmo (Me and Orson Welles)

Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Ianucci, Tony Roche (In the Loop)

 Best Supporting Actor

Billy Crudup (Public Enemies)

Simon Pegg (Star Trek)

Robert Patrick (Alien Trespass)

Denis O’Hare (The Proposal)

David Cross (Year One)

Peter Serafoniwicz (Couples Retreat)

Jae Head (The Blind Side)

*Christopher Waltz (Inglorious Basterds)

 Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams (Julie & Julia)

Olivia Williams (An Education)

Catherine Keener (The Soloist)

Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air)

*Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air)

 Best Actor

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer)

Eric Bana (The Time Traveler’s Wife)

Peter Sarsgaard (An Education)

*Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)

Christian McKay (Me and Orson Welles)

Colin Firth (A Single Man)

 Best Actress

Kristen Stewart (Adventureland)

Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer)

Rachel McAdams (The Time Traveler’s Wife)

Carey Mulligan (An Education)

Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)

*Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria)

Hellen Mirren (The Last Station)

 Best Director

Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer)

Lone Sherfig (An Education)

John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side)

Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria)

Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart)

*Richard Linklater (Me and Orson Welles)

James Cameron (Avatar)

Jason Reitman (Up in the Air)

Katherine Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)

Armando Iannucci (In the Loop)

 Best Movie

 (500) Days of Summer

An Education

The Young Victoria

The Blind Side

Crazy Heart

*Me and Orson Welles


The Hurt Locker

In the Loop