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Three films get eight nominations each in shortlists for 2010 British Academy Film Awards

They could not be more different films. But the mind-boggling special effects extravaganza Avatar, the low-key British drama An Education and the gritty Iraq movie The Hurt Locker lead the way in the Bafta shortlists released today.

All three films received eight nominations for awards which will be presented in a month's time at the Royal Opera House. After that, the most nominations – seven – went to the South African sci-fi film District 9, with Inglourious Basterds and Up in the Air receiving six each.

The BBC film An Education, Nick Hornby's adaptation of the journalist Lynn Barber's memoir of how, as a teenager, she was seduced by a well-off predatory scoundrel, is nominated in both the best film and best British film categories. Its star, Carey Mulligan, is up for best actress and Alfred Molina, »

- Mark Brown

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