This mornings early (5:30am PST) announcements offered some surprises, and few expectations for this years Oscar season.  The big names (Cameron, Jackson, Clooney, Freeman, Damon, Streep, Bullock, etc.) will offer up possible excitement come show time.

But can the goliath of Avatar be brought down by then minions of a david, in the form of “The Hurt Locker”, who’s director received the nod from the DGA?  I for one will be running out for my copy of the Variety.

Well here’s the list:

Best Motion Picture of the Year

  • Avatar (2009): James Cameron, Jon Landau
  • The Blind Side (2009): Nominees to be determined
  • District 9 (2009): Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham
  • An Education (2009): Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
  • The Hurt Locker (2008): Nominees to be determined
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009): Lawrence Bender
  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009): Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness
  • A Serious Man (2009): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Up (2009): Jonas Rivera
  • Up in the Air (2009/I): Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart (2009)
  • George Clooney for Up in the Air (2009/I)
  • Colin Firth for A Single Man (2009)
  • Morgan Freeman for Invictus (2009)
  • Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker (2008)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side (2009)
  • Helen Mirren for The Last Station (2009)
  • Carey Mulligan for An Education (2009)
  • Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
  • Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Matt Damon for Invictus (2009)
  • Woody Harrelson for The Messenger (2009/I)
  • Christopher Plummer for The Last Station (2009)
  • Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones (2009)
  • Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Penélope Cruz for Nine (2009)
  • Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air (2009/I)
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart (2009)
  • Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air (2009/I)
  • Mo’Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Best Achievement in Directing

  • Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2008)
  • James Cameron for Avatar (2009)
  • Lee Daniels for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
  • Jason Reitman for Up in the Air (2009/I)
  • Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

  • The Hurt Locker (2008): Mark Boal
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009): Quentin Tarantino
  • The Messenger (2009/I): Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman
  • A Serious Man (2009): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Up (2009): Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Thomas McCarthy

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

  • District 9 (2009): Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
  • An Education (2009): Nick Hornby
  • In the Loop (2009): Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009): Geoffrey Fletcher
  • Up in the Air (2009/I): Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

Best Achievement in Cinematography

  • Avatar (2009): Mauro Fiore
  • Das weisse Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009): Christian Berger
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009): Bruno Delbonnel
  • The Hurt Locker (2008): Barry Ackroyd
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009): Robert Richardson

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

  • Coraline (2009): Henry Selick
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009): Wes Anderson
  • The Princess and the Frog (2009): John Musker, Ron Clements
  • The Secret of Kells (2009): Tomm Moore
  • Up (2009): Pete Docter

FULL LISTING HERE – http://www.imdb.com/features/rto/2010/oscars

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