'Avatar,' 'The Hurt Locker' lead Oscar nominations

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - 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.

For the first time the Oscars feature 10 best-picture contenders
instead of the usual five.

Also nominated for best-picture Tuesday: "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."

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