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Best Picture - Oscar Nominations
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James Cameron's "Avatar" Nominated For Best Picture Academy Award

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - The 2010 Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 7, 2010 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, and along with Oscar categories like Best Actor, Best Actress, and many others, probably the most coveted award is the Oscar awarded for Best Picture. For Director James Cameron, his film "Avatar" (see picture) has been a huge success at the box office, and it has also been well received by the critics - the big question is whether all of this momentum for "Avatar" will deliver the Academy Award to the movie for Best Picture.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced the ten nominated films for the Academy Award category of Best Picture and these were:
1.  "Avatar" James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
2.  "The Blind Side" Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Producers
3.  "District 9" Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
4.  "An Education" Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
5.  "The Hurt Locker" Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro, Producers
6.  "Inglourious Basterds" Lawrence Bender, Producer
7.¬† "Precious: Based on the Novel ‚ÄėPush‚Äô by Sapphire" Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
8.  "A Serious Man" Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
9.  "Up" Jonas Rivera, Producer
10. "Up in the Air" Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

For Director James Cameron, "Avatar" has been a phenomenal success him, yet he is not a newcomer blockbuster success as he also directed the very successful motion picture "Titanic". Cameron started developing the concepts for "Avatar" as early as 1994, and he kept the project going in his mind until he could make the cinematography technical advances to bring his animated characters to the screen finally in late 2009. "Avatar" had its world premiere in London in the United Kingdom on December 10, 2010, and since then it has broken records around the world for box office attendance. "Avatar" has been filmed to be viewed in both 3-D and 2-D formats depending upon the theatre, and all the film distributed copies include advanced digital encryption technology to protect the creative copyright globally.

Starring in "Avatar" are Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez and Stephen Lang, and the movie depicts the year 2154 on the moon Pandora in the Alpha Centauri star system. Director James Cameron used a merging digital filming technique to integrate the actors bodies and facial expressions into the computer animated Na'vi humanoid characters that are transformed into on the screen as genetically grown avatars. The "Avatar" story line follows the integration of human controlled avatars who interact with the native ten-feet tall light-blue skinned  Na'vi species that inhabit the moon Pandora. 

In total, the movie "Avatar" has been nominated for nine Oscars at this year's Academy Awards, and James Cameron has been nominated for the Oscar for Best Director for his work on the film.  

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