To the nines

Sci-fi sen­sa­tion Avatar and war-on-ter­ror thriller The Hurt Locker lead Os­cars with nine nom­i­na­tions each.

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Air; the 1960s drama A Se­ri­ous Man, and the teen tales An Ed­u­ca­tion and Pre­cious: Based on the Novel Push By Sap­phire.

Act­ing nom­i­nees in­clude the four stars who have dom­i­nated early awards shows: lead play­ers San­dra Bul­lock for the foot­ball drama The Blind Side and Jeff Bridges for the coun­try-mu­sic tale Crazy Heart and sup­port­ing per­form­ers Mo’Nique for Pre­cious and Christoph Waltz for In­glou­ri­ous Bas­terds.

The best-pic­ture and di­rec­tor cat­e­gories shape up as a show­down be­tween ex-spouses who di­rected films that have dom­i­nated ear­lier Hol­ly­wood hon­ours.

Cameron’s Avatar won best drama and di­rec­tor at the Golden Globes, while Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker beat out Cameron at the Direc­tors Guild of Amer­ica Awards, whose re­cip­i­ent usu­ally goes on to earn the best-di­rec­tor Os­car.

No woman has ever won the di­rect­ing Os­car, and un­til Bigelow, no woman had ever won the Direc­tors Guild hon­our.

Montreal-born di­rec­tor Ja­son Reit­man is also nom­i­nated for best di­rec­tor for Up in the Air.

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