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BAFTA Nominations 2010 Announced!
And there are three frontrunners

21 January 2010  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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The 2010 BAFTA nominations have been announced, and three films boast a whopping eight nominations, with Avatar, An Education and The Hurt Locker leading the pack. Just behind is District 9 with seven, followed by Up In The Air and Inglourious Basterds with six.

It's a pretty wide spread for the Awards, which also see Coco Before Chanel, Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire, Nowhere Boy and Up get four nods each. We suspect that wide range will be reflected on the night with a relatively large number of films getting prizes, BAFTA clearly having listened to their collective mother and learned to share the wealth around.

Up for Best Film overall are Avatar (predictably), The Hurt Locker (also predictably, albeit for different reasons), Up In The Air, Precious and An Education. What's perhaps surprising is that only three of these films are also nominated for Best Director: Up In The Air's Jason Reitman and Precious' Lee Daniels lose out to District 9's Neil Blomkamp and Inglourious Basterds' Quentin Tarantino. Still, we're guessing it's still a James Cameron vs. Kathryn Bigelow race for that prize.

In terms of people who haven't been nominated at the Golden Globes or many of the US lists to date, it's nice to see In The Loop up for Outstanding British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay, Christian McKay up for Best Supporting Actor for his exceptional turn in Me And Orson Welles, Andy Serkis up for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Duncan Jones nominated for Best British Film and the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director Or Producer for Moon. That category's going to be tough, though: it also includes Sam Taylor-Wood for Nowhere Boy and Stuart Hazeldine for Exam.

Serkis and McKay aside, the male acting categories go largely as you'd expect, with nods for George Clooney in Up In The Air, Golden Globe winner Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart and Colin Firth for A Single Man. The one welcome surprise there is that someone has finally acknowledged that Jeremy Renner's rather good in The Hurt Locker. In the Supporting category, The Lovely Bones' Stanley Tucci and Inglourious Basterds' Christoph Waltz are nominated alongside Alfred Molina for An Education and Alec Baldwin for It's Complicated (that film's sole nomination here).

For the ladies, by-now expected contenders Carey Mulligan (An Education), Meryl Streep (Julie and Julia) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) are joined by Audrey Tautou for Coco Before Chanel and Saoirse Ronan for The Lovely Bones. The Supporting category nominates two actresses from Up In The Air - Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga - and two from Nowhere Boy - Kristin Scott-Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff - but surely none of those can beat Mo'Nique for Precious.

The Animated ghetto category has only three nominees, but they're all great films: Fantastic Mr Fox, Coraline and Up (which is also up for Best Screenplay, Sound and Score). Films Not In The English Language is another strong group, with no clear winner: the buzzed-about Cannes winner A Prophet is up against Coco Before Chanel (which BAFTA clearly loves), Let The Right One In (which everyone else loves), Almodovar's Broken Embraces and Haneke's The White Ribbon.

The full list of nominees is below; the ceremony will take place and the results announced on February 21.

An Education
The Hurt Locker
Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire
Up In The Air

An Education
Fish Tank
In The Loop
Nowhere Boy

ERAN CREEVY Writer/Director – Shifty
STUART HAZELDINE Writer/Director – Exam
DUNCAN JONES Director – Moon
SAM TAYLOR-WOOD Director – Nowhere Boy

James Cameron - Avatar
Neill Blomkamp - District 9
Lone Scherfig - An Education
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds

Jon Lucas, Scott Moore - The Hangover
Mark Boal - The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - A Serious Man
Bob Peterson, Pete Docter - Up

Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell - District 9
Nick Hornby - An Education
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche - In The Loop
Geoffrey Fletcher - Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner - Up In The Air

Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
Let The Right One In
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

Fantastic Mr Fox

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
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
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: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Kristin Scott-Thomas - Nowhere Boy

Avatar - James Horner
Crazy Heart - T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton
Fantastic Mr Fox - Alexandre Desplat
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll - Chaz Jankel
Up - Michael Giacchino

Avatar - Mauro Fiore
District 9 - Trent Opaloch
The Hurt Locker - Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds - Robert Richardson
The Road - Javier Aguirresarobe

Avatar - Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron
District 9 - Julian Clarke
The Hurt Locker - Bob Murawski, Chris Innis
Inglourious Basterds - Sally Menke
Up In The Air - Dana E. Glauberman

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

District 9
The Hurt Locker
Star Trek

District 9
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Star Trek

Coco Before Chanel
An Education
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Young Victoria

The Gruffalo
The Happy Duckling
Mother of Many

I Do Air
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THE ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
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No sharlto copley?! :(
There was no doubt that Sharlto was an amazing actor (in my opinion) He made most of his lines up, not many actors do that in our days... He deserves a title. But lucky enough they've been nominated a couple of times, let's hope they'll win ONE or at least TWO awards. Best of luck to Neill Blomkamp! More

Posted by Zahh. at 19:45 on 21 February 2010 | Report This Post

I cant believe There are no nominations for The Twilight saga, at least Kristen Stewert has been nominated for something :) Hope she wins! More

Posted by TeamJacobGirl at 14:09 on 21 February 2010 | Report This Post

If Carey Mulligan wins leading actress over Saorse Ronan, I will eat my shoe. She doesn't deserve it! More

Posted by BabsyBuck at 20:39 on 19 February 2010 | Report This Post

Tom Hardy?
What about Tom Hardy? Only one of the most brilliant actors that UK has ever produced. He was fantastic in Bronson...I just don't get it. More

Posted by jack62 at 22:49 on 15 February 2010 | Report This Post

While I was happy overall with the nominations selection, I found myself let down by the fact that the film, NIne, didn't get its recognition in the acting categories. Although not up there with the big contenders for Best Film, I felt that both Daniel Day-Lewis and especially Marion Cotillard should've been in the mix for their performances!!!! Ah well.... That pretty much remains my only query as I was mostly satisfied. More

Posted by quinner111089 at 07:35 on 02 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Avatar? Meh!
Nice to see some recognition for District 9 at last. 7 well-deserved nominations, including Director, Cinematography, and Adapted* Screenplay. But not Best Picture? This seems a bit perverse. Also good to see a couple of nods for Moon - Best British Film, and Outstanding Debut. But why no Rockwell and Copley nominations for Best Actor? Easily the two outstanding performances of the past 12 months. ptedplay? Adapted from what? Alive in Joburg? Sure More

Posted by mediarats at 13:48 on 23 January 2010 | Report This Post

Avatar? Meh!
District 9 = best sci-fi in long, long time! More

Posted by nybras at 14:31 on 22 January 2010 | Report This Post

Also, Zoe Saldana
Went to see Avatar again last night and she's truely brilliant in it. It's still her acting to create the cgi character. And it's got nothing to do with finding the blue cat lady attractive. Erhem... More

Posted by captainamazing at 11:03 on 22 January 2010 | Report This Post

Where's Bright Star?
What happened to Bright Star? I surely thought BAFTA would acknowledge Abbie Cornish for her performance.... Even though Avatar is innovative and all of that, it doesnt compare to Birght Star, not in the slightest. Jane Campion's best work since The Piano, and no recognition.... personally, i think Saorise Ronan has taken Abbie's place - she was nowhere near as good. Also, i debate An Education over Inglorious Basterds in the Best Film Catagory..... but i suppose its not going to happen at the o More

Posted by Dylanvdb at 00:22 on 22 January 2010 | Report This Post

It's so good to see such a broad range of films competing in the respective categories. It's much more indicative a line-up of the entire year's film releases than the Globes, and shows that the voting panel clearly have individual tastes. Well done us British folk for having a little - and seemingly almost forgotten - thing called taste. More

Posted by phlphlphl at 18:17 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

Avatar nominated for best cinematography? I love the film, but what did the DP actually do? Most of the film was CGI. More

Posted by eruptus at 16:37 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

Animated Film
Up's probably gonna get the Oscar, so Coraline or Mr. Fox please for the BAFTA! More

Posted by general_potatoface at 15:39 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

Where's Viggo?
Where in the blue hell have all of the nominations for The Road gone. One category! In the words of Will Ferrell, "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills here." Why has Viggo been snubbed by the film industry. It's the best performance, I've seen this year. Admittedly I've not seen Bridges or Firth. However, to leave the top five completely free of him is a travesty. The film itself is also far superior to Avatar and Inglourious Basterds. Avatar winning at the Globes was a catastro More

Posted by joemcgnr at 15:30 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

I'm Sorry
But Alec Baldwin getting a nod over Peter Capaldi for Best Supporting Actor?! Shame on you BAFTA! Anyway, i hope Andy Serkis wins for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. He's outstanding in that. More

Posted by The900MidNightBee at 15:07 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

apologies for the multipost
some idiot (me) did not realize hitting refresh would repost my comments . . . hmmm More

Posted by zarvos at 14:54 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

i still can't work out why best film and best director are two different awards More

Posted by 7eke at 14:17 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

No Sharlto Copley?
I'm shocked. Copley did a fantastic job in 'District 9'. I hope Oscar doesn't overlook his performance. I'm happy for the other nods for D9, but Copley's performance should have been one of them. More

Posted by zarvos at 13:31 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

No Viggo?
Can't believe Viggo Mortensen is not up for Best Actor for The Road but George Clooney is up for playing a slightly more vulnerable....George Clooney. More

Posted by sugar kowalchek at 13:31 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

No Sharlto Copley?
I'm shocked. Copley did a fantastic job in 'District 9'. I hope Oscar doesn't overlook his performance. I'm happy for the other nods for D9, but Copley's performance should have been one of them. More

Posted by zarvos at 13:30 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

No Sharlto Copley?
I'm shocked. Copley did a fantastic job in 'District 9'. I hope Oscar doesn't overlook his performance. I'm happy for the other nods for D9, but Copley's performance should have been one of them. More

Posted by zarvos at 12:55 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

who will win the oscar ?
jeremy renner should win the oscar in my opinion jeff bridges is brilliant but just like sean penn in MYSTIC RIVER and paul newman in THE COLOR OF MONEY and al pacino in SCENT OF A WOMAN an amazing actor who never won when he should have think about it scarecrow the hustler dead man walking the fabulous baker boys all fearless performances disturbing characters they didnt win now they want to give it to jeff too little too late crazy heart is ju More

Posted by bill the butcher at 12:16 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

RE: No Clint???
The Hangover - best screenplay? Was 2009 such a bad year? More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 11:56 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

No Clint???
It always amazes me that Clint Mansell doesn't get any nods at award season. He's by far and away one of the best composers around, and his work on Moon was incredible. For me that film had three fantastic ingredients - Great direction from Zowie, a stellar (no pun intended) performance by Rockwell (as always - he should've got a nomination as well), and Mansell's haunting, compelling, mesmorising score. More Clint love, please! More

Posted by captainamazing at 11:30 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

Surprise nomination.....
Helen O'Hara for the Orange rising star award? Congrat's on the nomination Helen - I must've missed whatever it was you were in!  More

Posted by lukeyboy at 11:12 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

still no love for sharlto
great to see jeremy renner getting a nomination, he was fantastic, but sharlto copely is again being overlooked. It's annoying as well, because i wouldn't want to replace any of the best actor nominations, maybe serkis, just for the fact that i haven't actually seen his movie. i know he's not going to win, but i wish neill blomkamp luck, he deserves it. a much better sci-fi film than avatar on less than %10 of it's budget More

Posted by jkoopa at 11:04 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

No acting nod for Rockwell?
He deserves two. More

Posted by Withnail at 10:43 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

What the hell is The Hangover doing in there? Disappointed that Harry Potter couldn't muster a cinematography nomination. Again. :( Why is Avatar up for all these? Technical awards, yes. Best Film? Eh?? Who else thought that the story was distinctly average? More

Posted by Pipkin3 at 10:19 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

As long as Avatar doesn't win Director or Best Picture, everyone else on this list has put out some outstanding work this year. More

Posted by ThismonkeyhasRAGE at 09:29 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

Stephanie B
Where are the nominations for two of the most exciting Brit actors of their generation? Tom Hardy who was unbelievable in Bronson (and more or less anything he does) and Ben Wishaw for Bright Star? Too much lip service to Hollywood. I thought these were British film awards? More

Posted by Stephanie B at 09:21 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

District 9, The Hurt Locker, Moon, JEFF BRIDGES. I AM HAPPY PERSON THIS MORNING. Could have done with Sam Rockwell being nominated though :( More

Posted by Costigan74 at 09:20 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

BEST FILM The Hurt Locker OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM An Education OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER DUNCAN JONES Director – Moon DIRECTOR Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Bob Peterson, Pete Docter - Up ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche - In The Loop FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE Let The Right One In ANIMATED FILM Up LEADING ACTOR Colin Firth - A Single Man LEA More

Posted by undesirablenumber1 at 09:10 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

Good to see Helen O'Hara nominated in the Orange Rising Star category. About time you were recognised. More

Posted by David Somerset at 08:43 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

No Sandra Bullock, I am a happy man, otherwise a very decent batch of nominations, much better than the Golden Globes, More

Posted by chrisnolan64 at 08:39 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

We all know Avatar will win anyway. It's pretty predictable. More

Posted by Nicola Brierley at 08:35 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

Strange that RDJ won a Golden Globe for acting but no nomination here? More

Posted by Nicola Brierley at 08:35 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

Well, Moon, In The Loop, finally, but they were pre-meditated, nice to see Hazeldine get a nod too. Nothing out of the ordinary, bland as hell, like a certain CGI flick that is nominated in production design AND best film, taking Basterds' rightly earned place... More

Posted by Ethanial at 08:34 on 21 January 2010 | Report This Post

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