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Avatar, Hurt Locker lead the Oscar nominations

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The science-fiction sensation Avatar and the Iraq war thriller The Hurt Locker lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and director for former spouses James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow.

For the first time since 1943, the Oscars feature 10 best-picture contenders instead of the usual five.

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: Based on the Novel `Push' By Sapphire.

Acting nominees include the four stars who have dominated earlier awards shows. They include lead players Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side and Jeff Bridges for the country-music tale Crazy Heart, and supporting performers Mo'Nique for Precious and Austria's Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds.

The best-picture and director categories shape up as a showdown between ex-spouses who directed films that have dominated earlier Hollywood honors.

Cameron's Avatar won best drama and director at the Golden Globes, while Bigelow's The Hurt Locker beat out Cameron at the Directors Guild of America Awards. The recipient of the Directors Guild award usually goes on to earn the best-director Oscar.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Avatar, Hurt Locker lead the Oscar nominations

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Avatar, Hurt Locker lead the Oscar nominations

Renee Haines is an editor and broadcaster at China Daily. Renee has more than 15 years of experience as a newspaper editor, radio station anchor and news director, news-wire service reporter and bureau chief, magazine writer, book editor and website consultant. She came to China from the United States.