OSCAR RACE

Avatar, Hurt Locker Top Nominations

The Oscar race is officially on: Avatar and Hurt Locker lead the pack with nine nominations each, The Blind Side and District 9 have surprise nods for Best Picture, and Mo'Nique and Sandra Bullock are up for acting honors. For the first time, there are 10 nominations for Best Picture: District 9, Up, The Blind Side, Inglourious Basterds, Up in the Air, A Serious Man, An Education, Avatar, Hurt Locker, and Precious. Best Actress nominees: Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia, Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side, Carey Mulligan for An Education, Gabourey Sidibe for Precious, and Helen Mirren for The Last Station. Best Actor nominees: 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. Precious' Mo'Nique is up against Penelope Cruz in Nine, Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air, Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart and Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air for Best Supporting Actress.