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Sci-fi epic Avatar and war saga The Hurt Locker earned a leading nine Oscar nominations at Tuesday morning’s press conference announcing the 2010 Academy Award nominees.

Both films are up for Best Film and Best Director in a race that will see Academy awards veteran James Cameron face off against ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow.

For the first time, the Oscars will feature 10 Best Picture contenders instead of the usual five.

Other movies contending for the 2010 Best Picture statue include: Up in the Air, The Blind Side, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, District 9, Up, A Serious Man, Inglourious Basterds, and An Education.

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