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Oscar nominations: 'Avatar,' 'The Hurt Locker' take the lead

But some fresh faces appear in the Best Actress category with Carey Mulligan (‘An Education’) and Gabourey Sidibe (‘Precious’).

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Actress Anne Hathaway and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announce the Best Original Screenplay nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards on Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Chris Pizzello / AP

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Oscar nominations came out this morning. There are a few surprises as well as – fittingly – an actual movie moment as former spouses James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow face off for their work on “Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker,” respectively. Both films received nine nominations, including Best Film and Best Director.

Perennial Hollywood favorite Clint Eastwood was overlooked in the Best Film category for his South African film, “Invictus,” but the dark-horse entry from that country, “District 9,” got a Best Film nod.

Jeff Bridges, Morgan Freeman, and George Clooney were seen as shoo-ins for their Best Actor nominations, but Maggie Gyllenhaal for Best Supporting Actress (“Crazy Heart”) was considered a long shot. The relative shut-out in the top categories for the star-studded “Nine,” was seen as a surprise. Alone among the glittering cast that included Nicole Kidman and Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz was singled out for her work as a supporting actress.

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