'Precious' among Satellite nominees

Press group also cites 'Hurt Locker' for best drama

Getting a jump on the coming onslaught of year-end film lists, the International Press Academy announced its nominations for its 14th annual Satellite Awards on Sunday.
 
The nominees for best drama are "The Hurt Locker," "Bright Star," "An Education," "The Messenger," "Precious" and "The Stoning of Soroya M."

Nominees for best comedy or musical are "Julie & Julia," "The Informant!," "A Serious Man," "It's Complicated," "Up in the Air" and "Nine."

The group, which represents more than 100 entertainment journalists, also released a list of its 10 best films of 2009, voted by the IPA board, which included several titles that did not garner either best drama or best comedy/musical noms. Its top 10 are "(500) Days of Summer," "A Serious Man," "An Education," "Bright Star," "Inglourious Basterds," "Nine," "Precious," "The Hurt Lucker," "The Stoning of Soraya M." and "Up in the Air."

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According to IPA president Mirjana Van Blaricom, the group did screen such year-end contenders as "The Lovely Bones" and "Invictus," though neither film scored any nominations. The IPA did not see "Avatar" before voting.

Nominations were announced in 22 film categories, 12 TV categories, seven DVD categories and five video game categories.

The awards will be presented Dec. 20 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.

For a complete list of nominations, visit www.pressacademy.com.
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