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An Education, Avatar and The Hurt Locker lead BAFTA nominations

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Jan 21, 2010 | 4:00am EST

All three movies will compete against Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire and Up In The Air for the night's Best Picture prize.

Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi thriller District 9 is also up for seven awards, while Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and George Clooney's Up In The Air have six nominations apiece.

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: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire).

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 21 February (10).

The main BAFTA 2010 nominees are:

Best Film:

Avatar

An Education

The Hurt Locker

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Up In The Air

Outstanding British Film:

An Education

Fish Tank

In The Loop

Moon

Nowhere Boy

Director:

James Cameron - Avatar

Neill Blomkamp - District 9

Lone Scherfig - An Education

Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker

Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds

Leading Actor:

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

Leading Actress:

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

Supporting Actor:

Alec Baldwin - It's Complicated

Christian McKay - Me And Orson Welles

Alfred Molina - An Education

Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones

Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds

Supporting Actress:

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

Animated Film:

Coraline

Fantastic Mr Fox

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