Avatar, Hurt Locker Nab 9 Oscar Noms Each

Nine nominations each for Cameron, Bigelow films
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 2, 2010 7:59 AM CST
Neytiri, voiced by Zoe Saldana, right, and Jake, voiced by Sam Worthington, are shown in a scene from Avatar.   (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, File)

(Newser) – The science-fiction sensation Avatar and the war-on-terror thriller The Hurt Locker lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and director for James Cameron and ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow. Also nominated for best-picture: District 9; the animated comedy Up; the World War II saga Inglourious Basterds; the football drama The Blind Side; the recession tale Up in the Air, the 1960s drama A Serious Man, and the teen tales An Education and Precious.

Acting nominees include Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side, Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart, Mo'Nique for Precious, and Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds. For a complete list, click here.

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