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The 2010 P.A.H. Nominations

With the Oscar telecast fast approaching, it seems like a time to compile the Populist Art House’s own nominations for the best of 2010.   I already put up a Top 10 Movies list, so this time let’s create a mock-up of the major categories and take a look back at some of the great work done by actors and filmmakers.  We’ll go the route of the Best Picture and expand the categories to ten so as to paint a broader picture of just how outstanding the year has been.

Note:  Closer to the Oscars, I’ll do a little What Will Win/What Should Win piece, so this time I won’t say which I think is best in each category.   They’ll just be listed alphabetically.  Take a look and see for yourselves what you think.

Best Director:

Darren Anonofsky (Black Swan)

Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit)

David Fincher (The Social Network)

Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone)

Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)

Christopher Nolan (Inception)

Roman Polanski  (The Ghost Writer)

David O. Russell (The Fighter)

Martin Scorcese (Shutter Island)

Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs The World)

Best Actor:

Javier Bardem (Biutiful)

Jeff Bridges (True Grit)

Jim Carrey (I Love You, Phillip Morris)

Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception/Shutter Island)

Robert Duvall (Get Low)

Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)

Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)

James Franco (127 Hours)

Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine)

Edgar Ramirez (Carlos)

Best Actress:

Annette Benning (The Kids Are All Right)

Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank)

Catherine Keener (Please Give)

Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)

Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go)

Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Phylicia Rashad (For Colored Girls)

Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)

Emma Stone (Easy A)

Michele Williams (Blue Valentine)

Best Supporting Actor:

Christian Bale (The Fighter)

Pierce Brosnan (The Ghost Writer)

Vincent Cassell (Black Swan)

Matt Damon (True Grit)

Andrew Garfield (The Social Network)

John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone)

Jeremy Renner (The Town)

Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right)

Jeffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)

Justin Timberlake (The Social Network)

Best Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams (The Fighter)

Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)

Marion Cottilard (Inception)

Rebecca Hall (The Town)

Keira Knightley (Never Let Me Go)

Kristen Scott Thomas (Nowhere Boy)

Mila Kunis (Black Swan)

Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass)

Olivia Williams (The Ghost Writer)

Best Cinematography:

127 Hours

Black Swan



The King’s Speech

Let Me In

Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Shutter Island

The Social Network

True Grit


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