Avatar,' 'Hurt Locker' lead BAFTA nominations, Sandra Bullock left out
"Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" lead the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominations with eight each.
Sci-Fi film "District 9" garnered seven nominations, including one for Best Director, which is something we are unlikely to see from the Academy Awards.
"District 9" may get a Best Picture nomination now that the field has been expanded to 10 films, but we would be surprised to see it get a Best Director nomination.
Notable omissions include Helen Mirren for "The Last Station," Emily Blunt for "The Young Victoria" and Sandra Bullock for "The Blind Side," all of which have been lauded on this side of the pond. In fact, Bullock won both the Critics Choice Award (tied with Meryl Streep) and the Golden Globe, making her an Oscar favorite.
It's nice to see Jeremy Renner nominated for "The Hurt Locker." He was not nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor, though he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award, and has everyone wondering if he'll be nominated for an Oscar.
The entire field of nominees is as follows:
Avatar, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Precious, Up in the Air
Outstanding British Film
An Education, Fish Tank, In the Loop, Moon, Nowhere Boy
James Cameron, Avatar; Neill Blomkamp, District 9; Lone Scherfig, An Education; Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker; Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
The Hangover, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, A Serious Man, Up
District 9, An Education, In the Loop, Precious, Up in the Air
Film not in the English Language
Broken Embraces, Coco Before Chanel, Let the Right One In, A Prophet, The White Ribbon
Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up
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
Carey Mulligan, An Education; Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones; Gabouray Sidibe, Precious; Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia; Audrey Tautou, Coco Before Chanel
Alec Baldwin, It's Complicated; Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles; Alfred Molina, An Education; Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones; Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Anne-Marie Duff, Nowhere Boy; Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air, Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air; Mo'Nique, Precious; Kristin Scott Thomas, Nowhere Boy
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson, Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock, David Pearson, directors/producers, Mugabe and the White African; Eran Creevy, writer/director; Shifty
Stuart Hazeldine, writer/director, Exam; Duncan Jones, director, Moon; Sam Taylor-Wood, director, Nowhere Boy
Avatar, Crazy Heart, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Up
Avatar, District 9, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, The Road
Avatar, District 9, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Up in the Air
Avatar, District 9, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Inglourious Basterds
Bright Star, Coco Before Chanel, An Education, A Single Man, The Young Victoria
Avatar, District 9, The Hurt Locker, Star Trek, Up
Special Visual Effects
Avatar, District 9, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Hurt Locker, Star Trek
Make Up and Hair
Coco Before Chanel, An Education, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Nine, The Young Victoria
The Gruffalo, The Happy Duckling, Mother of Many
14, I Do Air, Jade, Mixtape, Off Season
The Orange Rising Star Award (voted on by the public)
Jesse Eisenberg, Nicholas Hoult, Carey Mulligan, Tahar Rahim, Kristen Stewart
The Orange British Academy Film Awards take place on Feb. 21. The next U.S. awards show is the Screen Actors Guild awards, which airs on Jan. 23 on TBS and TNT.