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A paraplegic ex-marine finds a new life on the distant planet of Pandora, only to find himself battling humankind alongside the planet's indigenous Na'vi race in this ambitious digital 3D sci-fi epic from Academy Award-winning director James Cameron. The film, which marks Cameron's first dramatic feature since 1997's , follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a war veteran who gets called to the depths of space to pick up the job of his slain twin brother for the scientific arm of a megacorporation looking to mine the planet of Pandora for a valued ore. Unfortunately the biggest deposit of the prized substance lies underneath the home of the Na'vi, a ten-foot-tall, blue-skinned native tribe who have been at war with the security arm of the company, lead by Col. Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang). Because of the planet's hostile atmosphere, humans have genetically grown half-alien/half-human bodies which they can jack their consciousnesses into and explore the world in. Since Jake's brother already had an incredibly expensive Avatar grown for him, he's able to connect with it using the same DNA code and experience first-hand the joys of Pandora while giving the scientific team, led by Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) and Norm Spellman (Joel David Moore), some well-needed protection against the planet's more hostile forces.On a chance meeting after getting separated from his team, Jake's Avatar is rescued by Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), a Na'vi princess, who brings him into her tribe in order to give the humans a second chance at relating to this new environment. When word gets out of his increasing time with the alien species, Quaritch enlists Jake to do some reconnaissance for the company, as they'd like to persuade the tribe to move their home before taking more drastic measures to harness the treasure hidden below. Yet as Jake becomes one with the tribe and begins to understand the secrets of Pandora, his conscience is torn between his new adopted world and the wheelchair-bound one awaiting him when the psychic connection to his Avatar is broken. Soon battle lines are drawn and Jake needs to decide which side he will fight on when the time comes. The film was shot on the proprietary FUSION digital 3D cameras developed by Cameron in collaboration with Vince Pace, and offers a groundbreaking mix of live-action dramatic performances and computer-generated effects. The revolutionary motion-capture system created for the film allows the facial expressions of actors to be captured as a virtual camera system enables them to see what their computer-generated counterparts will be seeing in the film, and Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning Weta Digital visual-effects house supervises Avatar's complex special effects. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

  • Release date:December 18, 2009

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts James Horner Best Music 2009 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association James Horner Best Original Song 2009 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association James Horner Best Original Score 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Horner Best Original Score 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Joe Letteri Best Special Visual Effects 2009 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joe Letteri Best Visual Effects 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Refoua Best Editing 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Refoua Best Editing 2009 Nominee
American Cinema Editors Guild John Refoua Best Edited Feature - Drama 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Addison Teague Best Sound 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Kim Sinclair Best Production Design 2009 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kim Sinclair Best Art Direction 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Matt Aitken Best Special Visual Effects 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Peter Muyzers Best Special Visual Effects 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Robert Stromberg Best Production Design 2009 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Stromberg Best Art Direction 2009 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stephen Rosenbaum Best Special Visual Effects 2009 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stephen Rosenbaum Best Visual Effects 2009 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association James Cameron Best Director 2009 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts James Cameron Best Director 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts James Cameron Best Editing 2009 Nominee
Producers Guild of America James Cameron Producer of the Year 2009 Nominee
Writers Guild of America James Cameron Best Original Screenplay 2009 Nominee
Directors Guild of America James Cameron Best Director 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Cameron Best Director 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Cameron Best Editing 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Cameron Best Picture 2009 Nominee
American Cinema Editors Guild James Cameron Best Edited Feature - Drama 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stephen E. Rivkin Best Editing 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stephen E. Rivkin Best Editing 2009 Nominee
American Cinema Editors Guild Stephen E. Rivkin Best Edited Feature - Drama 2009 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Jon Landau Producer of the Year 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jon Landau Best Picture 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Rick Carter Best Production Design 2009 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rick Carter Best Art Direction 2009 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Tony Johnson Best Sound 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tony Johnson Best Sound Mixing 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Andy Nelson Best Sound 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Andy Nelson Best Sound Mixing 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Christopher Boyes Best Sound 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Christopher Boyes Best Sound Mixing 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Christopher Boyes Best Sound Editing 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Daniel Kaufman Best Special Visual Effects 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Gary Summers Best Sound 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gary Summers Best Sound Mixing 2009 Nominee

Cast

Sam Worthington
as Jake Sully
Zoe Saldana
as Neytiri
Sigourney Weaver
as Grace
Stephen Lang
as Col. Miles Quaritch
Michelle Rodriguez
as Trudy Chacon
Giovanni Ribisi
as Parker Selfridge
Joel David Moore
as Norm Spellman
CCH Pounder
as Moat
Wes Studi
as Eytukan
Laz Alonso
as Tsu'tey
Dileep Rao
as Dr. Max Patel
Matt Gerald
as Corporal Lyle Wainfleet
Jason Whyte
as Cryo Vault Med Tech
Scott Lawrence
as Venture Star Crew Chief
Sean Patrick Murphy
as Shuttle Co-Pilot
Kevin Dorman
as Tractor Operator
Kelson Henderson
as Dragon Gunship Pilot
David Van Horn
as Dragon Gunship Gunner
Jacob Tomuri
as Dragon Gunship Navigator
Michael Blain-Rozgay
as Suit #1
Jon Curry
as Suit #2
Peter Mensah
as Horse Clan Leader
Julene Renee
as Ambient Room Tech
Luke Hawker
as Ambient Room Tech
Woody Schultz
as Ambient Room Tech
Jahnel Curfman
as Basketball Avatar
Ilram Choi
as Basketball Avatar
Kyla Warren
as Na'vi Child

Crew

James Cameron
Director
James Cameron
Producer
Jon Landau
Producer
James Cameron
Screenwriter
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
John Refoua
Editor
James Cameron
Editor
Stephen E. Rivkin
Editor
Rick Carter
Production Designer
Robert Stromberg
Production Designer
Sean Haworth
Art Director
Andrew Menzies
Art Director
Kim Sinclair
Supervising Art Director
Todd Cherniawsky
Supervising Art Director
Nick Bassett
Art Director
Andy McLaren
Art Director
Kevin Ishioka
Supervising Art Director
Jill Cormack
Art Director
Simon Bright
Art Director
Stefan Dechant
Supervising Art Director
Josh McLaglen
Co-producer
Brooke Breton
Co-producer
Janace Tashjian
Associate Producer
Laeta Kalogridis
Executive Producer
Scott Herbertson
Set Designer
Sam Page
Set Designer
Michael Smale
Set Designer
Andrew Reeder
Set Designer
Richard Mays
Set Designer
Karl J. Martin
Set Designer
Darryl Longstaffe
Set Designer
Paul Ozzimo
Set Designer
Robert Johnson
Set Designer
David Chow
Set Designer
Kim Sinclair
Set Decorator
Mayes C. Rubeo
Costume Designer
Deborah L. Scott
Costume Designer
Josh McLaglen
First Assistant Director
Margery Simkin
Casting
Eileen Moran
Visual Effects Producer
Richard Taylor
Conceptual Design
Steven Quale
Visual Effects Supervisor
John Knoll
Visual Effects Supervisor
Eric Saindon
Visual Effects Supervisor
Steve Ingram
Special Effects Coordinator
Dan Lemmon
Visual Effects Supervisor
Garrett Warren
Stunts Coordinator
Neville Page
Creature Design
Joyce Cox
Visual Effects Producer
Linda de Vetta
Hair Styles
Linda de Vetta
Makeup
Joe Letteri
Visual Effects Supervisor
Rick Findlater
Department Head Hair
Rick Findlater
Department Head Makeup
Stephen Rosenbaum
Visual Effects Supervisor
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