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Avatar, The Hurt Locker and Up Lead Oscar Nominations

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The nominees for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. The question on everyone’s mind preceding the announcement from Academy president Tom Sharek and actress Anne Hathaway: How would the expanded slate of ten Best Picture nominees change the landscape of eligible contenders?

As it turns out, the five extra slots did exactly as they were intended — namely, to give movies and genres that had previously been relegated to technical categories a shot at the big prize. Among this year’s contenders are scifi flicks like District 9 and Avatar (which along with The Hurt Locker leads the contenders with nine nominations) and Pixar hit Up. (In previous years animated movies were shut out of the Best Picture category. Although shoe-ins like Precious, An Education and Up in the Air also made

the cut, the more cultish favorite Inglourious Basterds also pushed through, no doubt in part because of the larger field.

In the other categories, surprises (and contenders) were fewer: Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep followed up their Golden Globe wins with Best Actor and Actress noms for Crazy Heart and Julie & Julia, respectively, and Christoph Waltz and Mo’Nique are now similarly looking for follow-up Supporting actor and actress wins for Inglourious Basterds and Precious respectively.

Who’ll win Hollywood’s most coveted statuette? We’ll find out come Oscar night on Sun., Mar. 7. In the meantime, let us know your picks by voting in our Oscar polls in all the major catogories.

See after the jump for a complete list of nominees.

Best Picture
Avatar (Watch trailer)
The Blind Side (Watch trailer)
District 9 (Watch trailer)
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds (Watch trailer)
Precious (Watch trailer)
A Serious Man (Watch trailer)
Up (Watch trailer)
Up in the Air (Watch trailer)

Best Director
James Cameron, Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker (Read interview)
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels, Precious
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart (Read Interview)
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker (Watch video interview)

Best Actress
Sandra Bullock, Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station (Watch video interview)
Carey Mulligan, An Education (Watch video interview)
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger (Read interview)
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station (Read interview)
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick, Up (Watch video interview)
Mo’nique, Precious

Best Animated Feature Film
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Up

Best Original Screenplay
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Messenger
A Serious Man
Up

Best Adapted Screenplay
District 9
An Education
In the Loop
Precious
Up in the Air

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