By Frank James

The Oscar nominations are out this morning. "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" have nine nominations each, including nods for "best picture." All told, ten films were nominated for the coveted "best picture" award, double the usual five.

Here's the list of best picture nominees:

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

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has the entire list of nominees on its website.

Linda Holmes of NPR's MonkeySee blog examines the nominations
on a meta level which always comes down to money in Hollywood.

categories: Entertainment

9:40 - February 2, 2010