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Be still, my horrified heart. We perhaps all knew it was coming, but now it’s official: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences believes that Avatar was one of the best films of 2009. (Guess the “sciences” portion of the institution’s name means more than the “arts” this year.)
Very, very few surprises among the rest of the major categories, which are below for your listing pleasure. I’ll restrict my commentary to alarm, signified by “!”s:
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side Helen Mirren, The Last Station Carey Mulligan, An Education Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
BEST ANIMATED FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Burma VJ The Cove Food, Inc. The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers Which Way Home (?)
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Ajami El Secreto de Sus Ojos The Milk of Sorrow Un Prophète The White Ribbon
BEST SCREENPLAY, ADAPTED
*Denotes the only no-one-saw-that-comings of the lot
For the full list, go to Oscar.com.