British film An Education, sci-fi blockbuster Avatar and war thriller The Hurt Locker are set to go head-to-head at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards next month — the films scored eight nominations each.
An Education star Carey Mulligan will compete for the Best Actress statue, facing competition from Hollywood veteran Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia), French star Audrey Tautou (Coco Before Chanel), Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious).
Meanwhile, Brit actor Colin Firth has scooped his second-ever BAFTA nomination for his performance in fashion designer Tom Ford‘s directorial debut, A Single Man. He will compete in the Best Actor category alongside Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), George Clooney (Up in the Air), Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and Andy Serkis (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll).
The awards will be handed out at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb. 21.
The main BAFTA 2010 nominees are:
The Hurt Locker
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Up in the Air
Outstanding British Film:
In The Loop
James Cameron – Avatar
Neill Blomkamp – District 9
Lone Scherfig – An Education
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up in the Air
Colin Firth – A Single Man
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker
Andy Serkis – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia
Audrey Tautou – Coco Before Chanel
Alec Baldwin – It’s Complicated
Christian McKay – Me and Orson Welles
Alfred Molina – An Education
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
Anne-Marie Duff – Nowhere Boy
Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Mo’nique – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Kristin Scott Thomas – Nowhere Boy
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