French movie "Un Prophète" nominated for best foreign film
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"Un Prophète", a French film directed by Jacques Audiard has been nominated for an Academy Award as the Best Foreign Film, as the 82nd Academy of Arts and Sciences announced their picks for the presitigous Oscars ceremony on Tuesday. Ten movies are vying for Best Film this year, including director James Cameron's science-fiction epic "Avatar", the most expensive movie ever made, which has also been the top grossing film of all time.
Blue sci-fi creatures are competing with the Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker", directed by Cameron's ex-wife Catherine Bigelow.
Another top-grossing film, Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" has also been nominated, along with Disney cartoon "Up", the George Clooney vehicle "Up in the Air", and the 1960's coming-of-age film called "An Education".
"The Blind Side", a movie based on American football Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher's life is nominated, along with another sci-fi film, "District 9".
"A Serious Man", the latest Cohen Brothers film is also on the list, and "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire", which is starring newcomer Gabby Sidibe, who is also nominated for a Best Actress award.
Sidibe has been nominated alongside Hollywood heavyweights such as Meryl Streep, up for "Julie & Julia", Sandra Bullock, nominated for "The Blind Side", and British actress Dame Helen Mirren for "The Last Station". Carey Mulligan, a young British actress known for her work on British television has also been selected for her work in "An Education".
Jeremy Renner is the dark horse nomination for Best Actor for his role in "The Hurt Locker", while the rest of the Best Actor nominations read as a Who's Who list of well-respected actors: Jeff Bridges has been nominated for "Crazy Heart", George Clooney for "Up in the Air", Colin Firth for "A Single Man", and Morgan Freeman for "Invictus".
The Best Director nominations are much more varied, as exes Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") and James Cameron ("Avatar") vy for the top slot, while Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds"), Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") and Lee Daniels ("Precious") make up the rest of the nominees.
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