2009 Critic’s Choice Awards Nominees w/ notes from the Movie Junkie

An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up In The Air

The Movie Junkie Says: No complaints here, the critics got this category all the way right. The obvious favorites in this category are Precious, Up in the Air, and The Hurt Locker. I predict that Precious will walk away with this award. 

Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart

George Clooney – Up In The Air
Colin Firth – A Single Man
Morgan Freeman – Invictus
Viggo Mortensen – The Road
 Jeremy Remner – The Hurt Locker
The Movie Junkie Says: It’s nice to see Jeremy Remner on the list, I feel like he’s been getting the short end of the stick this awards season. However, Clooney will win this award.

Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia 

The Movie Junkie Says: I think the critics are trying to make a statement by putting Saoirse Ronan on the list. Emily Blunt also makes her first appearance on an awards ballot this season, could this be a sign of things to come? I do wonder though, where’s Helen Mirren?

Matt Damon – Invictus
 Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
 Christian McKay – Me And Orson Welles
Alfred Molina – An Education
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds 

The Movie Junkie Says: This is just how I would’ve played it only minus Christian McKay and add Anthony Mackie for The Hurt Locker. I really want some love for him this awards season. 

Marion Cotillard – Nine
Vera Farmiga – Up In The Air
Anna Kendrick – Up In The Air
Mo’Nique – Precious
Julianne Moore – A Single Man
Samantha Morton – The Messenger 

The Movie Junkie Says:  Alot of fan fare for Up in The Air  but we all know the category belongs to Mo’Nique. I am surprised to see Marion Cotillard in the category. I would rather her be in the Best Actress race and put Penelope Cruz in her place. 


Jae Head – The Blind Side
Bailee Madison – Brothers
Max Records – Where The Wild Things Are
Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Road

The Movie Junkie Says: Saoirse Ronan must’ve made a huge impact on the critics. I’ve yet to see ‘The Lovely Bones” but if I had to pick one young actor I wanted to win , it would be little Bailee Madison. 

Inglourious Basterds

Star Trek
Up In The Air 

The Movie Junkie Says: Hmm…this is a tough one. All of the ensembles listed deserve to be here but I think if you’re basing the decision on raw talent, the cast of Precious should take this award home. Side note: I would have picked The Hurt Locker in place of Star Trek.

Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
James Cameron – Avatar
Lee Daniels – Precious
Clint Eastwood – Invictus
Jason Reitman – Up In The Air
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

The Movie Junkie Says: No complaints here. None whatsoever. All of the directors listed put out amazing films and any one of them would be deserving. 

Mark Boal – The Hurt Locker
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – A Serious Man
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber – (500) Days Of Summer
Bob Peterson, Peter Docter – Up
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

The Movie Junkie Says: (500) Days of Summer. That is all. 

Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach – Fantastic Mr. Fox
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell – District 9
Geoffrey Fletcher – Precious
Tom Ford, David Scearce – A Single Man
Nick Hornby – An Education
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – Up In The Air

The Movie Junkie Says: This one will be a toss up between Up In The Air and District 9.


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