Avatar, Hurt Locker Tie For Most Oscar Nods
James Cameron's Avatar has received nine Oscar nominations, far short of the 14 that Titanic, his previous blockbuster, received in 1998. Aside from nominations that the film received for best film, director, and score, the remaining nominations were generally related to the film's technical wizardry. Kathryn Bigelow's Hurt Locker also received nine nominations. The general consensus among the industry's cognoscenti is that Cameron's Avatar will take the best picture Oscar and his ex-wife Bigelow will take the best director award for Hurt Locker. Other best picture nominees include District 9, Inglourious Basterds, Up, Precious, Up in the Air, The Blind Side, An Education, and A Serious Man. It is the first time since 1943 that the academy has included 10 nominees in its best film category. The Oscar ceremonies are scheduled to air on ABC on March 7. A complete list of nominees has been posted on the academy's Oscar website at http //oscar.go.com.