This morning (Feb. 2) the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 82nd annual Academy Awards, and the 2009 Star Trek movie picked up four nominations, matching the record set by Star Trek IV. Although there was a bit of buzz, Star Trek did not pick up a Best Picture nomination. In addition, some Trek vets picked up nods. Details below.
Star Trek gets 4 Oscar nominations
Star Trek was nominated in four categories: Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and Makeup. Here are the films that Star Trek is going up against:
- “Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
- “District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
- “Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton
- “Avatar” Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
- “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
- “Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman
- “Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
- “Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers
- “Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
- “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
- “Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
- “Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
- “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson
- “Il Divo” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
- “Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
- “The Young Victoria” Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore
There was much buzz about the expansion of of the Best Picture category to 10 and how that would bring some mainstream films into the mix, possibly Star Trek. The 2009 Star Trek film did end up on the National Board of Review Top 10, and was also one of 10 nominees by the PGA, but in the end didn’t make it for the Academy. Here is the list of the 10 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
Other categories where Star Trek was nominated by the associated guild, but not by the Academy were: Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Costumes, and Art Direction.
The nominee leaders for the year were The Hurt Locker and Avatar, each with a total of 9 nominations. This was a good year for science fiction, with Star Trek, Avatar and District 9 picking up a total of 17 nominations between them, with Avatar and District 9 both being nominated for Best Picture. However, Avatar didn’t set the sci-fi record, which is still held by Star Wars with a total of 10 nominations (including Best Picture) in 1977. For a complete list of nominations visit Oscars.org.
Star Trek ties franchise record
Star Trek is fifth film in the franchise to be nominated, although none has ever won an Academy Award. Star Trek matched Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in total nominations. The chart below shows how 2009 Star Trek movie stacks up against past Trek films.
IV: The Voyage
Giacchino, Plummer and other Trek vets pick up nods
The Trek connections in this year’s Oscars don’t end with the new film’s nominations. A few other Trek vets have also been nominated. Even though he wasn’t nominated by the Academy for his Star Trek score, Michael Giacchino was still recognized for his work on Disney/Pixar’s Up. The major Trek-related nomination, however, is that of Star Trek VI actor Christopher Plummer (General Chang), who is up as Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his work as Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station. Interestingly, this is Plummer’s first Oscar nomination in his nearly sixty-year career.
In addition, star Trek VI CG supervisor Joe Letteri was among those nominated for the visual effects of James Cameron’s Avatar. Robert Stromberg, a matte artist on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager, and Star Trek: First Contact, is also up for Avatar in the Art Direction category. Greg P. Russell, who worked on Star Trek VI as a sound re-recording mixer, shares a nomination in the Sound Mixing category for his work on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Lastly, sound mixer Andy Nelson is nominated for his work on Avatar in addition to being nominated for Star Trek.
The 82nd annual Academy Awards airs live on ABC on Sunday March 7th at 8 pm (EST), 5 pm (PST).
Chuck Trotter contributed to this report