'Avatar', 'An Education' and 'The Hurt Locker' Lead 2010 BAFTA Nominations

Photo: Orange British Academy Film Awards

Today the nominations for the 2010 Orange British Academy Film Awards were announced and Avatar, An Education and The Hurt Locker lead the way with eight nominations each followed closely by District 9 with seven and Inglourious Basterds and Up In the Air each pulling in six each. The only film not amongst the nomination leaders that was nominated for Best Film is Lionsgate's Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, which did manage four nominations.

Looking over the nominations there are a few that stand out as breaking from the norm, such as Neill Blomkamp (District 9) and Lone Scherfig (An Education) both getting directorial nominations alongside James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow and Quentin Tarantino. Both District 9 and An Education have enjoyed plenty of love during the awards season, but this is a nice bonus that both Blomkamp and Scherfig should be proud of.

In the lead actor nominations it was pretty much standard outside of Andy Serkis (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) scoring a lead actor nom. I thought Tom Hardy (Bronson) may be able to score a BAFTA nom for lead actor, but it seems the extra space went to Serkis for a film I have not yet seen.

The lead actress category experienced a bit of a shake-up, though, with Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones) and Audrey Tautou (Coco Before Chanel) each getting the nod. Tautou and Ronan's inclusion means no Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), a surprise for those following the Oscar race, but perhaps not that much of a surprise for people that saw more than five films this past year with solid lead actress performances. Bullock's omission (she was ineligible due to The Blind Side not yet seeing an overseas release), however, is not as much a surprise as is the fact Tautou and Ronan were nominated rather than Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria) and Helen Mirren (The Last Station).

I'm happiest to see Christian McKay (Me and Orson Welles) getting nominated for Best Supporting Actor, a prediction I am holding onto against better judgment when it comes to the Oscars. And while it's ineligible here in the States apparently, the hilarious Brit comedy In the Loop was nominated for Original Screenplay and Outstanding British Film. At least it's getting attention somewhere.

Finally, the nominees for the Orange Rising Star Award include Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland and Zombieland), Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man), Carey Mulligan (An Education and Brothers), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Kristen Stewart (Adventureland and The Twilight Saga: New Moon). Fans can vote on that award right here.

All that said, here is the complete list of nominations. The Orange British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday, February 21 at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. It will be broadcast on the BBC, but I'm not sure if it will be televised here in the States.


  • Avatar - James Cameron, Jon Landau
  • An Education - Amanda Posey, Finola Dwyer
  • The Hurt Locker - Nominees TBC
  • Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire - Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness
  • Up In the Air - Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman, Daniel Dubiecki


  • An Education - Amanda Posey, Finola Dwyer, Lone Scherfig, Nick Hornby
  • Fish Tank - Kees Kasander, Nick Laws, Andrea Arnold
  • In the Loop - Kevin Loader, Adam Tandy, Armando Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche
  • Moon - Stuart Fenegan, Trudie Styler, Duncan Jones, Nathan Parker
  • Nowhere Boy - Kevin Loader, Douglas Rae, Robert Bernstein, Sam Taylor-Wood, Matt Greenhalgh


  • LUCY BAILEY, ANDREW THOMPSON, ELIZABETH MORGAN HEMLOCK, DAVID PEARSON - Directors, Producers – Mugabe and the White African
  • ERAN CREEVY - Writer/Director – Shifty
  • STUART HAZELDINE - Writer/Director – Exam
  • DUNCAN JONES - Director – Moon
  • SAM TAYLOR-WOOD - Director – Nowhere Boy


  • Avatar - James Cameron
  • District 9 - Neill Blomkamp
  • An Education - Lone Scherfig
  • The Hurt Locker - Kathryn Bigelow
  • Inglourious Basterds - Quentin Tarantino


  • The Hangover - Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
  • The Hurt Locker - Mark Boal
  • Inglourious Basterds - Quentin Tarantino
  • A Serious Man - Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Up - Bob Peterson, Pete Docter


  • District 9 - Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
  • An Education - Nick Hornby
  • In the Loop - Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
  • Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire - Geoffrey Fletcher
  • Up In the Air - Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner


  • Broken Embraces - Agustín Almodóvar, Pedro Almodóvar
  • Coco Before Chanel - Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Philippe Carcassonne, Anne Fontaine
  • Let the Right One In - Carl Molinder, John Nordling, Tomas Alfredson
  • A Prophet - Pascale Caucheteux, Marco Chergui, Alix Raynaud, Jacques Audiard
  • The White Ribbon - Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Margaret Menegoz, Michael Haneke


  • Coraline - Henry Selick
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox - Wes Anderson
  • Up - Pete Docter


  • JEFF BRIDGES - Crazy Heart
  • GEORGE CLOONEY - Up In the Air
  • COLIN FIRTH - A Single Man
  • JEREMY RENNER - The Hurt Locker
  • ANDY SERKIS - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll


  • CAREY MULLIGAN - An Education
  • SAOIRSE RONAN - The Lovely Bones
  • GABOUREY SIDIBE - Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
  • MERYL STREEP - Julie & Julia
  • AUDREY TAUTOU - Coco Before Chanel


  • ALEC BALDWIN - It's Complicated
  • CHRISTIAN McKAY - Me and Orson Welles
  • ALFRED MOLINA - An Education
  • STANLEY TUCCI - The Lovely Bones
  • CHRISTOPH WALTZ - Inglourious Basterds


  • ANNE-MARIE DUFF - Nowhere Boy
  • VERA FARMIGA - Up in the Air
  • ANNA KENDRICK - Up in the Air
  • MO'NIQUE - Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire


  • Avatar - James Horner
  • Crazy Heart - T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox - Alexandre Desplat
  • Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll - Chaz Jankel
  • Up - Michael Giacchino


  • Avatar - Mauro Fiore
  • District 9 - Trent Opaloch
  • The Hurt Locker - Barry Ackroyd
  • Inglourious Basterds - Robert Richardson
  • The Road - Javier Aguirresarobe


  • Avatar - Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron
  • District 9 - Julian Clarke
  • The Hurt Locker - Bob Murawski, Chris Innis
  • Inglourious Basterds - Sally Menke
  • Up in the Air - Dana E. Glauberman


  • Avatar - Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair
  • District 9 - Philip Ivey, Guy Poltgieter
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus - Nominees TBC
  • Inglourious Basterds - David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco


  • Bright Star - Janet Patterson
  • Coco Before Chanel - Catherine Leterrier
  • An Education - Odile Dicks-Mireaux
  • A Single Man - Arianne Phillips
  • The Young Victoria - Sandy Powell


  • Avatar - Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Tony Johnson, Addison Teague
  • District 9 - Nominees TBC
  • The Hurt Locker - Ray Beckett, Paul N. J. Ottosson, Craig Stauffer
  • Star Trek - Peter J. Devlin, Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Mark Stoeckinger, Ben Burtt
  • Up - Tom Myers, Michael Silvers, Michael Semanick


  • Avatar - Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones
  • District 9 - Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros, Matt Aitken
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - John Richardson, Tim Burke, Tim Alexander, Nicolas Aithadi
  • The Hurt Locker - Richard Stutsman
  • Star Trek - Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton


  • Coco Before Chanel - Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen, Jane Milon
  • An Education - Lizzie Yianni Georgiou
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus - Sarah Monzani
  • Nine - Peter 'Swords' King
  • The Young Victoria - Jenny Shircore


  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Carey Mulligan
  • Tahar Rahim
  • Kristen Stewart

  • Vik

    A much superior list of noms than the GGs.

  • DN

    the blind side wasnt opened oversea...

  • Carson Dyle

    I thought In the Loop was eligible for Oscars. It's on the .pdf of eligible films...

  • Hal

    Sandra Bullock is not eligible for a BAFTA nomination because THE BLIND SIDE has not been released in the UK.

  • Bradley Badder

    Yeas Sandra Bullock was ineligible for a nomination as 'The Blind Side' isn't released in the U.K until March and the films have to be released before the nominations are out.

  • Adriano

    Please please please Let "...The Right One In" win.

  • wasteland

    @yasbm: It's refreshing to see that the BAFTA council aren't the star-f*****s that the Globes voters are, and I think you'll find, come the Oscars, that Sherlock Holmes isn't nominated for those either. So "Thanks God US is [most definitely] thinking that way"!

  • http://kevinblumeyer.wordpress.com The Pork Chop Express

    This is the first I have heard of this "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" movie. I really want to see it now.

  • Kevin

    I watched the 2009 BAFTA's live (the day of) last year on BBC America (that is channel 162 on Comcast Cable here in San Francisco.) Ceck your cable listing for BBC America (they usually run promotional ads for it prior).


  • M

    I love this quote " a surprise for those following the Oscar race, but perhaps not that much of a surprise for people that saw more than five films this past year with solid lead actress performances"

    Lol, so true, it is always the same people here in the US, at least some others are being recognized.

  • maja

    I'm glad that Let the Right Ones In is getting some recognition here.
    Is there any reason as to why it isn't on the Oscar best foreign film shortlist? Is it ineligible?

  • http://n/a Jezza

    Baftas have always favoured British films. Here's the proof.

    1994: Best Film went to Four Weddings and a Funeral (it beat Best Picture winner Forrest Gump)
    1995: Best Film went to Sense and Sensibility (it beat Best Picture winner Braveheart)
    1997: Best Film went to The Full Monty (it beat Best Picture winner Titanic)
    2006: Best Film went to The Queen (it beat Best Picture winner The Departed)
    2007: Best Film went to Atonement (it beat Best Picture winner No Country For Old Men

  • maja

    @Jezza: Of course the BAFTAs always favor the British movie - it is a British award show. Otherwise there is no doubt that An Education would not have been nominated for best picture.

  • welshee

    An Education for the big win - not the best of the year or even best british but middle of the road and right up their alley. Mulligan and Molina may win too in what should be a big night for the film

    Saw Sex & Drugs a couple of weeks ago - it opened just as the longlist was announced - and knew Serkis would be nominated, he could even win since the film was so fresh when they voted. The film is brilliant fun and serkis is phenomenal. He even sings the songs with the original blockheads too

  • forgetmenot

    BAFTAs tend to favor British or non-American performers, this means films too.

  • http://kevinblumeyer.wordpress.com The Pork Chop Express

    @maja: I'm pretty sure "Let the Right One In" was eligible for Oscars last year.

  • Chris138

    An Education will probably win Best Picture. I actually like their list of nominees, although I am a tad surprised that they liked District 9 THAT much.

  • dinsdale

    "...and Kristen Stewart (Adventureland and The Twilight Saga: New Moon). Fans can vote on that award"

    Congrats to K.Stewart. A shoo-in. Twilight-fangirls will probably start a voting campaign.

  • lia

    happy to see McKay nominated. surprised to see Alec Baldwin nominated and not Woody Harrelson.

    i am also surprised at the choices for the best actress category. Saoirse Ronan was very good in the lovely bones, and this is a british awards show so her nomination is understandable i suppose. but to leave out Helen Mirren/ Emily Blunt to make room for Ronan? strange move, but i'll go with it.
    as for Audrey Tautou, she was good in coco but i personally found the film boring and to me that diminished her acting. if i were to pick a french actress this year i would deffinitely go with Yolande Moreau. she was one of my favorite performances this year.
    (btw im also happy not to see Bullock nominated, but hey, i dont wanna make @Bradley Badder angry) ;)

    i havent seen nowhere boy yet, so i cant really say about the supporting actress category, nor have i seen sex&drugs&rock&roll so i cant really say about their pick of Andy Serkis over Morgan Freeman either (i have seen Invictus tho and imo Freeman deserves a nomination).

    as for the comments about Bafta favoriting british films, what, you gonna tell me american awards shows dont favor american ones? i like that this list is rather different than others so far. its good to see variety.

  • lia

    oh and ditto to the 'Let the Right One In' hopefuls, i hope it gets something

  • popeofchina

    glad to see some Serious Man love here. I'm hoping it gets some oscar noms.

  • Jaxct Black

    I dont think remakes like Avatar should be in for picture of the year. I liked the film but it's just a new scifi Ferngully

  • http://n/a Jezza

    @lia: Most of the previous Oscar Best Picture winners were not British films. Here are some of the american Best Picture winners that beat a British nomineeA

    Winner....................Other nominees

    1980: Ordinary People (Raging Bull and Britain's Tess)
    1994: Forrest Gump (Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption and Britain's Four Weddings & a Funeral
    1995: Braveheart (Apollo 13, Babe and Britain's Sense & Sensibility)
    1997: Titanic (As Good As It Gets, Good Will Hunting, L.A Confidential and Britain's The Full Monty)
    2001: A Beautiful Mind (Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Moulin Rouge and Britain's Gosford Park)
    2006: The Departed (Little Miss Sunshine, Babel and Britain's The Queen)
    2007: No Country for Old Men (There Will Be Blood, Jonu Michael Clayton and Britain's Atonement)

  • http://n/a Jezza

    @dinsdale: There are other alternatives. In Britain there is a gritty teen drama called Skins and one of the boys from that is nominated for his role in A Single Man. Fans of Skins might vote for him and could win.

    Another person that came from Skins was Dev Patel who was recently in Slumdog Millionare. At the Empire awards (a uk based awards ceremony), Patel beat Pattison in the breakthrough male category. Bond girl Gemma Arteton beat Kristin Stewart in the female breakthough category.

  • http://www.worldmagnified.com sarafunky

    Its very nice and creative movie,no doubt avatar is deserve for this.

  • dinsdale

    I guess it's a question of demographics. Empire goes more towards my demographic of 20-something male film geeks (with a chip on one's shoulder) than the more mainstream BAFTA. The Twilight players getting ANY awards at the Empire show would IMO be nothing short of a major upset given Empire's "clientele". Stewart and Pattison were probably just list filler for that show. After all, they were oh-for-two award-wise. BAFTA might just be big enough to mobilize the fanbase. Who knows.

    Personally, I would choose Arterton over Stewart too. Drat, I even liked St.Trinian's :)

  • http://moviearena.forum-aktiv.com/portal.htm Steolicious

    Yeah An Education!!!