Star Trek Nominated For 4 Academy Awards – Matching Franchise Record

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:

Visual Effects

  • 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

Sound Editing

  • 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

Sound Mixing

  • 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.  

Best Picture

  • 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

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.

  The Motion
Star Trek
IV: The Voyage
Star Trek
VI: The
Star Trek:
Star Trek
  1979 1986 1991 1996 2009
Cinematography   X      
Original Score X X      
Art Direction X        
Makeup     X X X
Visual Effects X       X
Sound Mixing   X     X
Sound Editing   X X   X

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

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I’m really sick of hearing about Avatar. Anyway, congrats to JJ and the Star Trek team for the nominations! Star Trek is an excellent movie!

AVATAR over Star Trek??? I have officially given up on the Academy Awards.

Firssssss. Bravo Star Trek.

They might as well just hand out the awards to Avatar now. You know damn well they’re going to get picked over Star Trek.


We Got Robbed!!!

Lame. I mean…great for Star Trek to be nominated at all…I’m just irritated because aside from the visual effects of Avatar, I found it to be a highly disappointing film. At the very least, Star Trek deserved an extra nod with one more nomination somewhere. Cinematography? Art Direction? No? Nothin’? Sigh.

Oh…and District 9 for Best Picture? Please.

are certain messages being deleted?

I hope it wins in some of the categories.

I was only saying that i would feel a bit sad that past Trek movies never won.

Star Trek def has to win in the sound mixing and visual effects they were the best of 2009

be a disgrace if Transformers 2 wins anything, it was terrible.

If it wins Best pic I will be happy,

They uped the nominations to Best Picture to 10 and yet couldn’t give
Star Trek one of the 10 slots? Well at least this year they will honor a
film people have actully seen.I won’t be watching Oscars since my
policy Is to only watch Oscars when something I have seen Is up for
major awards.I boycatted it last year In protest of the Dark Knight
not being nominated for Best Picture Director or screenplay.Although I
knew they would give it to Heath Ledger.I haven’t seen Avatar,and
don’t have plans to In the Immedate future.

9 yes lol

11 scrap my last message referring to best pic

but it has to win for visual effects and sound mixing in the categories it has been nominated for before.

ST09 has no chance to win in any of the categories except for makeup. Avatar and Hurt Locker are going to win everything.

about Heath Ledger’s win last year, I don’t think he would have been nominated if he had not died.

He did deserve but i do feel the hype about the oscar only came to light after his death.

Makes you wonder.

You’ll see how those unoriginal sounds emanating from the na’vi animals will get them the oscar, just like if it was 1993 again… and by that youngsters I mean Jurassik Park… back then it was original

I wouldnt be upset if Tranformers ROF wins for FX, those were pretty dang impressive. But Im not sure if its even up for that.

UP was better than Startrek?? And not even nominated for score? So weak sauce

District 9 really hurt Star Trek.

There was no way that the Academy was going to nominate three genre films in the same year. ST had the bad luck of coming out in a great year for genre films. Avatar’s nomination was a given… In my mind one of those two final slots came down between D9 and Star Trek.

While I’m glad that District Nine (great film) was nominated there are some other films on that list (I’ve seen the majority of the nominated films) that I objectively thought ST was better than.

I have to admit I’m a little disappointed. While I held no illusions that ST could win best film. I thought it stood a great chance of grabbing one of those final nominations.

I wonder how close the voting was?

Most of my non-trekkie friends and specifically all those who were women liked star trek a lot more than district 9. They hated all the guts etc, even if there was hacked up love story at the end of the movie, but they still preferred Star trek, while with men it was more of 50/50 with weirdos digging D9 more than trek… funny

It should definitely win for sound mixing. The sounds in the film were very memorable. The opening sound effects were haunting.

I raced home from work this morning to watch the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announce……….nothing exciting. I thought for sure that having 10 spots open for Best Picture ‘Star Trek’ would be there! Holey Moley. Well, maybe 2013!


I like district 9 as well, but honestly hollywood likes movies that have a political lean towards them. It probably did come down to Star Trek and District 9, with D9 winning because of what the story was based on.

I think Star Trek stands a chance in Makeup and Sound. The sound was outstanding, especially in the mind meld scene, and with things like ships jumping to warp and the unique sound of the Jellyfish.

Great chart, Anthony. Very interesting to see where each film finished in regards to Oscar nominations. (And stunning to think that this is only the second time in 11 films that Star Trek has been nominated for visual effects.)

VFX will go to Avatar. We may have a shot at the others, but if there will be a Trek Win, I would have to say it’ll be makeup.


I really loved District 9.


Nobody should take the Academy seriously enough to complain about their judgment on anything.

#31 Agreed, Star Trek 09 is the winner in our minds no matter what :}

I would say Star Trek’s best shot at picking up an Oscar would be its nomination for makeup.

I’m pretty sure the make-up award will go to Star Trek.

About the others…. I’m afraid “Avatar” will win those.

I think “District 9” is overrated personally. However, to think that Star Trek (by the way, over at aintitcool, they refer to it as STINO or “Star Trek: In Name Only, WTF!?) Would get an Oscar Nomination for best picture is reaching, don’t you think?
Star Trek was never seen as cool in the Academy’s eyes. District 9 is gritty sci-fi (the Academy likes its grit!) and Avatar (although I loved the film) is “Dances with Wolves” on another planet. Dances with Wolves was loved by the Academy back in the early 90’s.

#27 Agreed. Avatar will get best VFX, and rightly so. IMHO, the VFX are ALL that makes Smurfgully . . . Avatar stand out from the crowd.

Sound editing and sound mixing, I don’t understand well enough to have an opinion.

Makeup is out best shot, and I think it might be ours, especially if some of the CG work (see the OB/GYN that delivered baby Jim) is included.

– Harry

Tomatometer Scores:

Avatar: 82%
The Blind Side: 70%
District 9: 90%
An Education: 95%
The Hurt Locker: 97%
Inglourious Basterds: 89%
Precious: 91%
A Serious Man: 87%
Up: 98%
Up in the Air: 90%

Star Trek: 94%

It deserves to be there.

i think a Shatner cameo would have propelled Trek to best picture

“Avatar didn’t set the sci-fi record, which is still held by Star Wars”
Star Wars is not sci-fi. Lucas himself confirmed that ;)

Like it’s message or not, District 9 had something to say. I love ST09, but I’m not sure it had anything particularly deep to offer. For this reason, I’m okay with District 9 getting the nod…

What a great year for genre pictures!


No nomination for the music? Shame! -__-‘

Sound mixing for ST09 for sure. There is no way it [ST] is going to win VFX, however, as Avatar’s–whether you like the actual film or not–are pretty stunning. The dialog on the other hand…I think some of it was written in crayon on a wall by a child.

I did not expect to see a ST best picture nomination (not that I wouldn’t have been super happy to). Although it is a very good film, it is probably not the most important film (if that is even a consideration anymore) or the best film of the year.


40. brian




Agreed. Sound and Makeup.

Hm, there aren’t a lot of makeup nominees this year. I guess when you can use a stylus on a wacom instead of makeup on a face…


will there be a tribute to brent Spiner as it his birthday today?

Transformers2 is officially in the running for a Razzies Worst Picture nomination.



#35 Sean-Wan

Star Trek actually made quite a few major critics top ten list.

It was somewhat of a longshot, but it was definitely in the running. As late as last week USA Today and Entertainment Weekly predicted it would be nominated for best film.

Thanks for the heads up VOODOO. I should have taken that into consideration. I just feel like the Academy is a bit too elitist.

Here is a small article about the Oscars from Entertainment Weekly that makes mention of Star Trek being “snubbed”.