James Cameron’s “Avatar”, Iraq drama “The Hurt Locker” and coming-of-age story “An Education” earned eight nominations each for the British Academy Film Awards. South African alien thriller “District 9” received seven BAFTA nominations, while Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds” and Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air” got six each.
The British awards, known as BAFTAs, are handed out two weeks before the Academy Awards in Hollywood and considered an important indicator of likely Oscar success.
The nominations boost the Oscar hopes of James Cameron’s “Avatar”. The film has already taken more than $1.6 billion at the global box office. “Avatar”, Cameron’s first feature film since the Oscar-sweeping “Titanic” in 1997, has already won Golden Globes for best drama and director.
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