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Did the Academy get it right?

Avatar, Precious, An Education, Up and The Hurt Locker are among this year's Oscar nominees. Which films should win?

James Cameron's science fiction film Avatar and Kathryn Bigelow's war movie The Hurt Locker were nominated in nine categories each, while British nominees include Colin Firth and Carey Mulligan.

Actress Anne Hathaway and Academy president Tom Sherak revealed nominees on Tuesday, ahead of the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on 7 March.

What do you think of the films nominated? Which films and actors would you award the Oscar to? Are there any films or actors that you think have been overlooked?

Avatar and The Hurt Locker lead Oscar nods

In pictures: The 10 films nominated for Best Picture

Published: Tuesday, 2 February, 2010, 14:17 GMT 14:17 UK

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 11:04 GMT 11:04 UK

A lot of people don't get Avatar which is a shame and I genuinely feel sorry for these people but what can you do, horse to water and all that. It is one of the very best films I have seen for a long time and I even went to the Cinema to watch it. You go to see films to make you go WOW. It was a memorable experience and I will go again while it is still on. The people who don't like it are in a tiny, minuscule irrelevant minority. It says a lot more about them than the film I think.

Lightning Arrow, Zandvoort, Netherlands

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 10:50 GMT 10:50 UK

The Hangover should have been up for best picture. If you asked a group of people what film they enjoyed the most in the last year, the majority was answer with this film. Ultimately the purpose of film is to entertain. If they don't entertain, then they don't make money. This is a business after all.

It is a real shame the Oscars still overlook comedy. If blue CGI aliens are good enough then why not comedy? The golden globes have moved with the times.

David Parsons, Bournemouth

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 10:39 GMT 10:39 UK

Other than those involved, who gives a (add your favourite pejorative word) about this Hollywood, ego-centric, solipistic display of conspicuous expense?

Behind the hurricane noise air-kissing nonentities pretending to gasp at what is purports to be "art", there is the hard steel of commercial motivations whose funds will decide the winners- as in all American elections.

Don't encourage them- it only makes them worse!

[juanjo99], Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 10:39 GMT 10:39 UK

As usual box office receipts has driven the Oscars. Just because something cost a fortune and was hyped up to the extreme it somehow gets the votes.

We run the risk of not celebrating pure talent often found in low budget films if we simply look at fancy graphics which make this basically a cartoon....

Can we not get back to simple films with people....!!?

Simon Matthews, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 10:23 GMT 10:23 UK

". How on Earth could they forget the brilliant Let The Right One In? Not even nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, let alone Best Film.

Graham, Sheffield

2 reasons

1 - it was released in 2008 not 2009
2 - for foreign language films it has to be submitted by the country or origin, Sweden didn't submit it for last years awards.

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 10:20 GMT 10:20 UK

Le Concert is a very good film.

ex-pat in the netherlands

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 09:57 GMT 09:57 UK

Avatar: deserves to win on direction and visual effects but not best picture in my view. At the moment I'd say Up, but I'm reserving total judgement on that until I've seen Precious.

Other categories - Zoe Saldana was robbed of a nomination as Best Actress, the superb acting by both male leads in Brothers has been overlooked completely, and Coraline should be up for Best Adapted Screenplay. But at least Best Supporting Actor may still go to the right person - Christoph Waltz all the way!

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 09:39 GMT 09:39 UK

However, Tarantino and Pixar are usually stunning!

Snow White, London

Tarantino has only made two good films and he stole the plot for one of those. The rest are staggering turkeys.

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 09:25 GMT 09:25 UK

I am sure it has been said before but who the hell cares!

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 09:24 GMT 09:24 UK

Appart from the ceremony (ie the frocks) do the Oscars matter?

In 2008 the number of admissions to cinemas in the US fell by 2.8%. Seat prices rose over 7%.

It's obvious that fewer people are going to see films, yes they'll go and see over hyped special effects such as Avatar but other films are losing out, hence the price rise.

As for nominations, can any one remember how long it took the acadamy to recognise Spielberg?

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 09:12 GMT 09:12 UK

I thought District 9 was the worst film I had ever seen. The special effects were very skilful but apart from that it was dumb kitsch.

However, Tarantino and Pixar are usually stunning!

Snow White, London

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 08:57 GMT 08:57 UK

Everyone please check out the rules for the OSCARS first.

(1) Box office receipts are not part of the voting, voting is done by members of the Academy (arooud 6000). Some films in the past have been given awards and have not been well supported by the public, likewise the opposite will happen as well.

(2) The rules state that to qualify a film only has to have been shown in a specific district of Los Angeles in that year. It does not have to be shown anywhere else in the world.

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 08:55 GMT 08:55 UK

So amusing to see all the left-wing film snobs out in force.

I enjoyed Avatar, which is more than could be said for the Hurt Locker. And at the end of the day that's what matters, not what a gaggle of over-inflated egos think about the characterisation.

It's like all these Coen Brothers' fans - their films are truly awful, but it's trendy to like them I guess and one doesn't want to appear a dunce in front of other know-it-alls.

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 08:23 GMT 08:23 UK

Like last year, majority of people are looking at the favourites to win but A Serious Man was a tremendous picture with fine acting and simple plot with a clear message. It would be a shame if it didn't win and in all likelihood it won't but it's more than worthy.

Heart :A Serious Man, hopes :Hurt Locker, head: Avatar.

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Added: Thursday, 4 February, 2010, 08:21 GMT 08:21 UK

they never get it right!..the oscars are nothing but a huge pay rise for the industry!...how can a movie like avatar get 10 nominations and the previous year a film like hunger get completely ignored?...some of the best performance's ever are delivered on the stage of the kodak theatre!

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