This year’s Academy Award nominations were released on February 2, and I’m pretty excited that Avatar, District 9 and Inglourious Basterds—my top three films of 2009—received best picture nods.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Avatar winds up taking home a few Oscars on March 7—it’s nominated in nine categories, including best director—but I’m kind of hoping the relative underdog District 9 wins best picture. I finally caught this film last month and was frankly blown away by how much Neill Blomkamp accomplished with a budget of just $30 million. I’m also rooting for Inglourious Basterds, which might be Quentin Tarantino’s best film since Pulp Fiction.
Click here for the full list of nominees.