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The 2010 BAFTA nominations have been announced. The British film awards, celebrating talent both homegrown and international has become the main precursor to The Oscars.”The Hurt Locker,” “An Education” and “Avatar” leading the way with eight nods

The surprise on this year’s list is the Peter Jackson-produced and South Africa-set sci-fi film “District 9,” which secured seven nominations, one more than “Inglourious Basterds” and “Up in the Air.“

In the best actor category, nominees include Golden Globe winner Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”), George Clooney (“Air”), Colin Firth ( “A Single Man”), Jeremy Renner (“Locker”) and Andy Serkis (“Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll”).

The BAFTA winners will be announced in a ceremony in London at London’s Royal Opera House on February 21.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Film

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