British film An Education, sci-fi blockbuster Avatar and war thriller The Hurt Locker are set to go head-to-head at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards next month – the films all scored eight nominations each.
All three movies will compete against Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire and Up In The Air for the night’s Best Picture prize.
Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi thriller District 9 is also up for seven awards, while Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and George Clooney’s Up In The Air have six nominations apiece.
An Education star Carey Mulligan will compete for the Best Actress statue, facing competition from Hollywood veteran Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia), French star Audrey Tautou (Coco Before Chanel), Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire).
The awards will be handed out at London’s Royal Opera House on 21 February.
The main BAFTA 2010 nominees are:
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