Hollywood prepares for Oscar madness

By Elizabeth Scopelliti
February 16, 2010

As award season comes to a close, there are many figures in Hollywood that are anticipating the arrival of the Academy Awards. This ceremony is the most paramount of them all, essentially because of the significant impact it can have on a person’s career.

This year, there have been many talented actors nominated for roles that have been seen by people throughout the world. Although some of these movies may not be familiar to everyone, there are a few that do stand out.

There are many actresses nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category that avid moviegoers may not be extremely familiar with. Maggie Gyllenhaal, sister to Jake Gyllenhaal, has been nominated for her role in “Crazy Heart,” while Mo’Nique has been recognized for her depiction as the abusive mother in “Precious.”

The actors nominated in the Best Supporting Actor are some individuals who have been around for many years. Christopher Plummer, famous for his role in “The Sound of Music,” has been nominated for his portrayal of Tolstoy in the movie “The Last Station.” Matt Damon has been nominated for his performance as Francois Pienaar in the film “Invictus.”

Sandra Bullock is the top contender for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her performance as Leigh Anne Tuohy from “The Blind Side” has garnered rave reviews and recognition. Bullock’s main competition is said to be Meryl Streep, who played the famous cookbook author, Julia Child, in “Julie and Julia.”

Singling out one particular male to win Best Actor does not come as easy for fans as does for the previous category. Although George Clooney is a general favorite, performances by Jeremy Renner, Morgan Freeman, Colin Firth and Jeff Bridges have all been praised and become worthy of recognition.

The final and most significant group for the Academy Awards is the Best Picture category. There is an assortment of films, ranging from animated masterpieces to dramatic tearjerkers, that are up for this award. “Avatar,” “Inglorious Bastards,” “A Serious Man” and “Up” are a few of the movies included in the Best Picture nominations.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected comedic geniuses Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin to host the show. Cinematic movie devotees will be able to watch the ceremony on Sunday, March 7 at 8 p.m on ABC.

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