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The Bloomies for 2009

English Language Films
Foreign Films

A Serious Man (J. and E. Coen)
The Hurt Locker (Bigelow)
Bright Star (Campion)
Up in the Air (Reitman)
An Education (Scherfig)
Avatar (Cameron)
Whatever Works (Allen)
Me and Orson Welles (Linklater)
Mysterious Creatures (Evans)
The Road (Hillcoat)
The Soloist (Wright)
District 9 (Blomkamp)
The Last Station (Hoffman)
Julie & Julia (Ephron)
Goodbye Solo (Bahrani)
Crazy Heart (Cooper)
The Messenger (Moverman)
Invictus (Eastwood)
Precious (Daniels)
Nine (Marshall)
500 Days of Summer (Webb)

Summer Hours (Assayas)
The White Ribbon (Haneke)
Lorna's Silence (J. P. and L. Dardenne)
Gomorrah (Garrone)
Still Walking (Hirokazu)
Sin Nombre (Fukunaga)
Séraphine (Provost)
Departures (Takita)
Sugar (Boden and Fleck)
Amreeka (Dabis)
The Class (Cantet)


The Human Condition* (Kobayashi)


English Language Film - A Serious Man

Foreign Film - Summer Hours

Director - Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)

Original Screenplay - Joel and Ethan Coen (A Serious Man)

Screenplay Adaptation - Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air)

Cinematography - Barry Ackroyd (The Hurt Locker)

Film Editing - The Hurt Locker

Original Music Score - Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil (The International)

Actor - Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)

Others - Christian McKay (Me and Orson Welles); Colin Firth (A Single Man); Christopher Plummer (The Last Station); Morgan Freeman (Invictus); Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker); Woody Harrelson (The Messenger); Jamie Foxx (The Soloist); Viggo Mortensen (The Road); Souléymane Sy Savané (Goodbye Solo); George Clooney (Up in the Air)

Actress - Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)

Others - Carey Mulligan (An Education); Abbie Cornish (Bright Star); Mo'Nique (Precious); Rebekah Staton (Mysterious Creatures); Helen Mirren (The Last Station); Arta Dobroshi (Lorna's Silence); Yolande Moreau (Séraphine); Meryl Streep (It's Complicated); Brenda Blethyn (Mysterious Creatures); Gabourey Sidibe (Precious); Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)

* 9½-hour Japanese film released in three parts, 1959-1961. Released on DVD in 2009. One of the Best of the Bloomies, 1951-1975.

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