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'Avatar,' 'The Blind Side' and 'Up' land best picture Oscar noms


UPI News Service, 02/02/2010 

The blockbusters "Avatar,""The Blind Side" and "Up" were among the 10 movies nominated for the best picture Oscar in Los Angeles Tuesday morning.

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Also vying for Hollywood's top film prize are "An Education," "District 9," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Precious," "A Serious Man" and "Up in the Air."

The nominees for the best director Oscar are James Cameron for "Avatar," Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker," Quentin Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds," Lee Daniels for "Precious" and Jason Reitman for "Up in the Air."

Shortlisted for the best actress prize are Sandra Bullock for "The Blind Side," Helen Mirren for "The Last Station," Carey Mulligan for "An Education," Gabourey Sidibe for "Precious" and Meryl Streep for "Julie & Julia."

Nominated for the best actor honor are Jeff Bridges for "Crazy Heart," George Clooney for "Up in the Air," Colin Firth for "A Single Man," Morgan Freeman for "Invictus" and Jeremy Renner for "The Hurt Locker.'

The contenders for best supporting actress are Penelope Cruz for "Nine," Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick for "Up in the Air," Maggie Gyllenhaal for "Crazy Heart" and Mo'Nique for "Precious."

Competing for the best supporting actor statuette are Matt Damon for "Invictus," Woody Harrelson for "The Messenger," Christopher Plummer for "The Last Station," Stanley Tucci for "The Lovely Bones" and Christoph Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds."

Nominated for adapted screenplay are "District 9," "An Education," "In the Loop," "Precious" and "Up in the Air."

In the running for original screenplay are "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "The Messenger," "A Serious Man" and "Up."

The Oscars are to be handed out at a ceremony March 7 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.


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