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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 7, 2010 at 10:23 AM

DGA nominations announced

The Directors Guild of America has announced its annual award nominations, and we now know with some certainty the names of five of this year’s ten Academy Award nominees for Best Picture: “Avatar,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire,” “Inglourious Basterds,” and “Up in the Air.” The DGA awards, voted on by a large contingent of Academy members, have long been a reliable indicator of Oscar-think. So James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow, Lee Daniels, Quentin Tarantino and Jason Reitman can now safely order their Oscar-night finery — and, if the Academy’s directing category mirrors that of the DGA, it’ll be an unusually diverse one. Daniels, if nominated, would only be the second African-American filmmaker to receive the honor; Bigelow, if nominated, would be the fourth woman. (And yes, in the gossipy twist everyone’s talking about, Cameron and Bigelow would be the only formerly married couple to share the category.)
So now the question becomes: what will the other five Best Picture nominees be? My picks (and only partly because I really loved all these films): “Bright Star,” “An Education,” “Star Trek,” “Up,” “Crazy Heart.” But some of these are a long shot at best. And what do you think?

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