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Avatar tops Bafta nominations

By Channel 4 News

Updated on 21 January 2010

The science fiction blockbuster Avatar has picked up eight nominations for this year's film Bafta film awards, but faces strong competition from An Education and The Hurt Locker.

The three films have each been nominated for eight awards.

District 9 has seven nominations, Inglourious Basterds and Up in the Air have six.

Avatar director James Cameron will battle it out with his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow for the best director award, as she directed the acclaimed Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker.

In the leading actor category, George Clooney has been nominated for his role in Up in the Air, against Colin Firth for A Single Man, Andy Serkis for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart and Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker.

Carey Mulligan has been nominated in the leading actress category for her performance in An Education.

The other nominees are Saoirse Ronan for The Lovely Bones, Gabourey Sidibe for Precious, Meryl Streep for Julie and Julia and Audrey Tautou for Coco Before Chanel.

An Education is in the running for Best Film, vying against The Hurt Locker, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire and Up In The Air.

The Orange British Academy Film Awards will take place on 21 February at the Royal Opera House in London.

In recent years, they have become a good indicator of which films will win an Oscar.

Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire won seven Bafta awards last year, including Best Film.

It went on to win eight Oscars.

See the full list of nominations.

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