Monday, January 11, 2010

ACE nominations!

What a day! Three big guild announcements, and this one I wasn't expecting until tomorrow. In Contention has the scoop:

Avatar: James Cameron, John Refoua, and Stephen Rifkin
District 9: Julian Clarke
The Hurt Locker: Chris Innis, Bob Murawski
Star Trek: Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
Up in the Air: Dana E. Glauberman

Comedy or Musical
(500) Days of Summer: Alan Edward Bell
The Hangover: Debra Neil-Fisher
It’s Complicated: Joe Hutshing and David Moritz
Julie & Julia: Richard Marks
A Serious Man: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Coraline: Christopher Murrie, Ronald Sanders
Fantastic Mr. Fox: Andrew Weisblum
Up: Kevin Nolting

The Cove: Geoffrey Richman
Food, Inc.: Kim Roberts
This Is It: Don Brochu

I have to say I am pleased as punch to see Star Trek earn a much-deserved nod here. With any luck it'll show up on Oscar's nominee list as well, although I suspect it may get bumped in favour of the showier editing in Precious. The other four nominees in the drama category look likely to match up with the Academy's.

The absence of Nine is conspicuous. Is it really dead in the water already? You can never underestimate that crafty Harvey Weinstein, but perhaps his attention has completely shifted to Inglourious Basterds, which is another notable omission from this list.

No matter how you look at it, this bodes well for the three big sci-fis of the year. In the wake of virtually no guild support for the likes of Nine and Invictus, it's time to start seriously considering District 9 and Star Trek for Best Picture nominations, especially the former.

Or am I speaking too soon? After all, Weinstein's pet The Reader got virtually no guild support last year, but it still managed to usurp a Best Picture slot from The Dark Knight, which despite unanimous guild support was still a genre movie.

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