Oscar, please consider…

| Cadenza Movie Editor

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce their nominations for the 82nd annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. This year’s nominations are particularly notable as it will be the first year the Best Picture category has 10 nominees instead of the usual five. Many predicted that the expansion of this category would allow for some more left-field choices to enter the race, and while there may be some less-ordinary nominees, many of the “frontrunners” seem to be the usual Oscar bait. Even so, I would like to plead the cases of a few potential nominees in various categories.

Best Supporting Actor

Most likely nominees:
Matt Damon (“Invictus”), Woody Harrelson (“The Messenger”), Christopher Plummer (“The Last Station”), Stanley Tucci (“The Lovely Bones”), Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”)

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Please consider:
It is unclear to me why Peter Sarsgaard from “An Education” is not getting any attention. He is an entertaining and essential part of an extraordinary film. He perfectly embodies a carefree, selfish married man, who seduces a 16-year-old girl into falling in love with him.

Also consider:
Brian Geraghty and Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker”), Matthew Goode (“A Single Man”)

Best Actor

Most likely nominees:
Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”), George Clooney (“Up in the Air”), Colin Firth (“A Single Man”), Morgan Freeman (“Invictus”), Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”)

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Please consider:
Fox Searchlight’s “Adam” went by fairly unnoticed this summer, most likely due to its very limited release. Unfortunately, this also meant that Hugh Dancy, who stars as the film’s eponymous main character, was passed by in the Oscar discussions. Dancy is phenomenal as a newly parentless man living with Asperger’s syndrome in Manhattan. He is emotional, riveting and Oscar-worthy.

Also consider:

Sam Rockwell (“Moon”), Ben Winshaw (“Bright Star”)

Best Supporting Actress

Most likely nominees:
Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air”), Anna Kendrick (“Up in the Air”), Diane Kruger (“Inglourious Basterds”), Mo’Nique (“Precious”), Julianne Moore (“A Single Man”)

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In playing a recent widow of a soldier, Samantha Morton is absolutely riveting in “The Messenger.” She gives an emotionally charged performance that is undeniably one of the best of the year.

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Also consider:
Sigourney Weaver (“Avatar”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Crazy Heart”)

Best Actress

Most likely nominees:
Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”), Helen Mirren (“The Last Station”), Carey Mulligan (“An Education”), Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”), Meryl Streep (“Julie & Julia”)

Please consider:
Some may not consider Zoë Saldana’s performance in “Avatar” a real “performance.” It is true that the digitally produced Na’vi character, Neytiri, is not strictly Saldana. It is, however, her emotions, facial expressions and voice that bring Neytiri to life. Aside from the amazing visual effects, Neytiri is one of the best parts of this movie. She drives the plot and holds the audience’s attention. While many complain about the plot of this film, it is Zoë Saldana who really brings the whole movie together.

Also consider:

Abbie Cornish (“Bright Star”), Emily Blunt (“The Young Victoria”)

Best Picture

Most likely nominees:
“Avatar,” “District 9,” “An Education,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Invictus,” “Precious,” “Star Trek,” “Up,” “Up in the Air”

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If I had to pick one film to be added to the category, it would have to be the indie comedy “(500) Days of Summer.” While it may not be the typical Oscar movie, considering its lighthearted tone and lack of prestige, it has won a place in the hearts of many. “Summer” is cleverly written, original, cute, funny, irresistible and perfect, and the list could go on. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are captivating as the happily-never-after couple at the center of this jumbled not-so-romantic comedy. The movie shines as one of the gems of last year.

Also consider:
“Bright Star,” “A Single Man”