This morning the Oscar nominations were revealed for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards and once again James Cameron has found himself on top of the world thanks to Avatar. But he shouldn’t celebrate just yet, because there’s plenty of competition coming from the dark horse The Hurt Locker led by Best Director nominee, Kathryn Bigelow. Let’s see how these two stack up against each other…
Both films were nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. Each film is visually and dramatically different, which is probably why Avatar has a solid lock on the technical categories like Best Editing and Sound, and The Hurt Locker has someone up for Best Actor (Jeremy Renner) and Best Original Screenplay (Mark Boal).
Cameron has already won a Best Director and Picture Oscar for 1997′s Titanic, which might keep some voters from giving him the honor again. Avatar also swept those same categories at the Golden Globe Awards and has become the highest grossing film of all time. Those might be too many accolades for the Academy to stomach.
If Bigelow takes home the Best Director Oscar she’ll be the first woman in less than a handful of previous female nominees to ever take home the award. And even though this show is supposed to be about awarding the best, it’s also about ratings, and people want to see history happen.
Other notable competition in the Best Picture category includes Up in the Air, Inglourious Basterds, and the shockers District 9, The Blind Side and Up. The competition here is too steep for Avatar to walk about with the trophy, so don’t be surprised if there’s a huge upset this year.
Who do you think will take home the most awards on Oscar night?