"Avatar" Leads Oscar Nominations

The nominees for the 82nd annual Academy Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles.
The science-fiction sensation "Avatar" and the war-on-terror thriller "The Hurt Locker" lead the Oscar nominations with nine each.
The Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, March 7th.
Here are the nominees:

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
- Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart"
- George Clooney in "Up in the Air"
- Colin Firth in "A Single Man"
- Morgan Freeman in "Invictus"
- Jeremy Renner in "The Hurt Locker"

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
- Matt Damon in "Invictus"
- Woody Harrelson in "The Messenger"
- Christopher Plummer in "The Last Station"
- Stanley Tucci in "The Lovely Bones"
- Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds"

BEST FEMALE ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
- Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side"
- Helen Mirren in "The Last Station"
- Carey Mulligan in "An Education"
- Gabourey Sidibe in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
- Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia"

BEST FEMALE ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
- Penélope Cruz in "Nine"
- Vera Farmiga in "Up in the Air"
- Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Crazy Heart"
- Anna Kendrick in "Up in the Air"
- Mo'Nique in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

BEST DIRECTOR
- James Cameron, "Avatar"
- Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
- Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"
- Lee Daniels, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
- Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air"

BEST PICTURE (first year allowing 10 nominations)
- "Avatar" James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
- "The Blind Side" Nominees to be determined
- "District 9" Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
- "An Education" Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
- "The Hurt Locker" Nominees to be determined
- "Inglourious Basterds" Lawrence Bender, Producer
- "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
- "A Serious Man" Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
- "Up" Jonas Rivera, Producer
- "Up in the Air" Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

SOURCE: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.


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