The obscure International Press Academy is known within awards circles for releasing its nominations before actually seeing all of the big awards contenders, so it’s not always wise to put a lot of stock in its lists. But they’re still interesting to glance at, particularly when it nominates Precious but overlooks leading actress Gabourey Sidibe. Also missing are Invictus and The Lovely Bones. Nine led the nominations with ten, while An Education, Precious, Up in the Air, and The Hurt Locker scored five each. The IPA’s complete film nominations are below, with some commentary under several categories. If your favorites aren’t on here, don’t fret just yet—the IPA often lives in a world all its own.

Motion Picture, Drama

The Hurt Locker

Bright Star

An Education

The Messenger


The Stoning of Soraya M.

Soraya, a little-seen indie starring Shohreh Aghdashloo and Jim Caviezel, is the biggest surprise here.

Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical

Julie & Julia

The Informant!

A Serious Man

It’s Complicated

Up in the Air


Both of Meryl Streep’s 2009 comedies were recognized, while The Hangover was not.

Actress, Drama

Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria

Abbie Cornish, Bright Star

Carey Mulligan, An Education

Shohreh Aghdashloo, The Stoning of Soraya M.

Catalina Saavedra, The Maid

Penélope Cruz, Broken Embraces

It’s truly bizarre that Gabourey Sidibe isn’t here, considering the many nods for Precious.I’d also have expected Helen Mirren to make the cut for The Last Station.

Actor, Drama

Johnny Depp, Public Enemies

Hugh Dancy, Adam

Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Michael Sheen, The Damned United

Colin Firth, A Single Man

Firth’s nod is one of only two for Tom Ford’s lush A Single Man (the other is art direction).

Actress, Comedy/Musical

Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Zooey Deschanel, (500) Days of Summer

Katherine Heigl, The Ugly Truth

Sandra Bullock, The Proposal

Marion Cotillard, Nine

When The Ugly Truth gets nominated, you know it’s a weak category. Meanwhile, Cotillard is the only female cast member from Nine to be campaigned as lead actress this awards season.

Actor, Comedy/Musical

Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine

Bradley Cooper, The Hangover

Matt Damon, The Informant!

Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

George Clooney, Up in the Air

Missing here? Sacha Baron Cohen for Bruno.

Supporting Actress

Emily Blunt, Sunshine Cleaning

Mozhan Marno, The Stoning of Soraya M.

Mo’Nique, Precious

Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

Penélope Cruz, Nine

Kendrick edged out her Up in the Air costar Vera Farmiga, while Cruz was singled out over her Nine castmates Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench. Meanwhile, Julianne Moore was left out for A Single Man.

Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Alfred Molina, An Education

Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

James McAvoy, The Last Station

Timothy Spall, The Damned United

Though Christopher Plummer is considered the strongest male contender from The Last Station, the IPA chose the also impressive James McAvoy, who’s actually being campaigned for lead actor.


Neill Blonkamp, District 9

Rob Marshall, Nine

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Lee Daniels, Precious

Jane Campion, Bright Star

Lone Scherfig, An Education

I’m sure all the District 9 fans out there are hoping Blonkamp can continue his momentum. I think it’s great that three of the six nominees here are women.

The rest of the categories are after the jump.

Original Screenplay

Jane Campion, Bright Star

Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker

Bob Peterson & Pete Docter, Up

Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, (500) Days of Summer

Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man

Adapted Screenplay

Nora Ephron, Julie & Julia

Nick Hornby, An Education

Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious

Neill Blonkamp & Terri Tatchell, District 9

Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

Foreign Language Film

Red Cliff

The Maid

The White Ribbon

Broken Embraces

I Killed My Mother

Winter in Wartime

Animated or Mixed Media Film


Where the Wild Things Are

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Princess and the Frog

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

Several less-obvious choices, like Ponyo, Coraline, and 9, were left out.


Every Little Step

The Cove

It Might Get Loud

The September Issue

The Beaches of Agnes

Valentino: The Last Emperor

It’s small consolation, but It Might Get Loud and The September Issue are noticed here after failing to make the Academy’s shortlist.


Elliot Goldenthal, Public Enemies

Rolfe Kent, Up in the Air

Michael Giacchino, Up

Carter Burwell & Karen O, Where the Wild Things Are

Marvin Hamlisch, The Informant!

Gabriel Yared, Amelia


“Almost There,” Randy Newman, The Princess and the Frog

“I Can See In Color,” Mary J. Blige, Precious

“Down in New Orleans,” Randy Newman, The Princess and the Frog

“Cinema Italiano,” Maury Yeston, Nine

“The Weary Kind,” Ryan Bingham & T-Bone Burnett, Crazy Heart

“We Are the Children of the World,” Terry Gilliam, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus



Public Enemies

It Might Get Loud

Red Cliff

A Serious Man

Inglourious Basterds

Visual Effects

Transformers: Rise of the Fallen

Red Cliff

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Fantastic Mr. Fox

District 9



It Might Get Loud

Red Cliff

District 9


The Hurt Locker



Terminator: Salvation

Transformers: Rise of the Fallen

It Might Get Loud

Red Cliff



Art Direction

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Public Enemies

Red Cliff

The Road


A Single Man

Costume Design

Red Cliff


The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Young Victoria