The feature film adaptation of Nine, which was hoping to get a box office boost from the 2010 Academy Awards, did not receive one of the 10 coveted Best Picture nominations. Rob Marshall’s film had to settle for two technical nods (Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design), a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Penelope Cruz as Carla, and a Best Song nod for Maury Yeston’s “Take It All,” which was sung by Marion Cotillard as Luisa. The Academy Awards will be presented on March 7 in a ceremony to be co-hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.
The 10 Best Picture nominees are Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, A Serious Man, Up and Up in the Air. Among the theater vets who received acting nominations are lead actors Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia and Morgan Freeman for Invictus and supporting actors Christopher Plummer for The Last Station, Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones, Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart and Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air.
Nine’s nomination for “Take It All,” a replacement number for the Broadway show’s “Be On Your Own,” was considered a bit of a surprise, since Kate Hudson’s solo “Cinema Italiano” had gotten more attention in pre-Oscar awards events. The Maury Yeston tune will compete with two Randy Newman songs from The Princess and the Frog (“Almost There” and “Down in New Orleans”), along with “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart and “Loin de Paname” from Paris 36.