Avatar, An Education and The Hurt Locker have each received eight nominations for this year’s Orange British Film Academy Awards, including best film and best director.

Lone Scherfig’s An Education was also nominated for Outstanding British film, alongside An Education, Fish Tank, In the Loop, Moon and Nowhere Boy. Meanwhile directors Duncan Jones and Sam Taylor Wood also picked up nominations in the outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer for Moon and Nowhere Boy.

Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, picked up seven nominations including best director and best adapted screenplay, while Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Jason Reitman’s Up In The Air both received six nominations.

Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones picked up two nominations for best actress for Saoirse Ronan and best supporting actor for Stanley Tucci; while Rob Marshall’s musical Nine also failed to pick up any major nominations scoring just one for hair and make-up.

In the lead actor category, Golden Globe winner Jeff Bridges has been nominated alongside George Clooney for Up In The Air, Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker and British contenders Colin Firth for his performance in Tom Ford’s A Single Man and Andy Serkis, for his portrayal of punk singer Ian Dury in Sex&Drugs&Rock& Roll.

British actress of the moment Carey Mulligan, who is also up for the Orange Rising Star Award, heads up the nominations in the lead actress category for her performance in An Education. Her fellow contenders will be Ronan, Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia) and Audrey Tatou (Coco Before Chanel).

Meanwhile, Broken Embraces, Coco Before Chanel, Let The Right One In, A Prophet and The White Ribbon Film will fight it out for the Film Not In The English Language award.

The full nominations are:

Best Film
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Precious: Based On The Novel By Sapphire
Up In The Air

Outstanding British film
An Education
Fish Tank
In The Loop
Nowhere Boy

Oustanding debut by a British writer, director of producer
Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson, Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock, David Pearson, directors/producers - Mugabe And The White African
Eran Creevy, director – Shifty
Stuart Hazeldine, writer/director – Exam
Duncan Jones, director – Moon
Sam Taylor –Wood, director Nowhere Boy

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

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

Adapted Screenplay
District 9, Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchel
An Education
Nick Hornby
In The Loop, J
esse 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

Film Not In The English Language
Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
Let The Right One In
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

Animated Film
Fantastic Mr Fox

Leading Actor
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

Leading Actress
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Audrey Tatou, Coco Before Chanel

Supporting Actor

Alec Baldwin, It’s Complicated
Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles
Alfred Molina, An Education
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Supporting Actress
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
Kristin Scott Thomas Nowhere Boy

Avatar, James Horne
Crazy Heart,
T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton
Fantastic Mr Fox ,
Alexandre Desplat
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

Production Design
Avatar, RickCarter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair
District 9
, Philip Ivey, Guy Poltgieter
Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince
, Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus
, Nominees TBC
Inglourious Basterds
, David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco

Costume Design
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
, Tom Myers, Michael Silvers, Michael Semanick

Special Visual Effects
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

Make up and Hair
Coco Before Chanel, Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen, Jane Milon
An Education
, Lizzie Yianni Georgiou
The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus
, Sarah Monzani
, Peter ‘Swords’ King
The Young Victoria,
Jenny Shircore

Short Animation
The Gruffalo
The Happy Duckling
Mother Of Many

Short Film
I Do Air
Off Season