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'Avatar', 'Hurt Locker' lead 2010 Oscar race

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'Avatar', 'Hurt Locker' lead 2010 Oscar race
Avatar and The Hurt Locker have bagged nine nominations apiece to lead the pack at the 2010 Academy Awards.

James Cameron's record-breaking sci-fi blockbuster has secured nods for 'Best Picture' and 'Best Director', along with recognition in technical categories and a 'Best Score' nomination for James Horner.

The Hurt Locker helmer Kathryn Bigelow will compete with her ex-husband Cameron for the 'Picture' and 'Director' award, while her leading man Jeremy Renner is a surprise nomination for 'Best Actor'.

The remaining movies nominated in the newly-expanded 'Best Picture' category are The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up and Up In The Air.

Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), George Clooney (Up In The Air), Colin Firth (A Single Man) and Morgan Freeman (Invictus) complete the 'Best Actor' line-up, while Brit stars Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Helen Mirren (The Last Station) are up against Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia), Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) for 'Best Actress'.

The 2010 Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 7, 2010 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

> In Full: Oscars 2010 nominees

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