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Oscars 2010: The Nominees

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Best Actor: Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges is up for an Oscar for his portrayal of washed-up country singer "Bad Blake" in the film "Crazy Heart." This is his fifth Oscar nomination, his most recent being in 2000 for his work in the film "The Contender."

Photos: Jeff Bridges

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Best Actor: George Clooney

George Clooney is up for an Oscar for his portrayal of emotionally detached Ryan Bingham, who travels around the country firing people, in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air." This is his fifth Oscar nomination. Clooney won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for the film "Syriana."

Photos: George Clooney

For Best Picture: "Up in the Air"

Best Actor: Colin Firth

Colin Firth is nominated for his turn as a gay man who must hide his grief over the death of his lover in the film "A Single Man." This is the British actor's first Oscar nomination.

Photos: Colin Firth

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Best Actor: Morgan Freeman

Freeman is nominated for his portrayal of South African president Nelson Mandela in the film "Invictus." This is Freeman's fifth Academy Award nomination. He won a Best Supporting Actor award in 2004 for his role in "Million Dollar Baby."

Photos: Morgan Freeman

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Best Actor: Jeremy Renner

Renner is nominated for his portrayal of Staff Sergeant William James, a bomb defuser in Iraq who thrives on the risk and danger of his job, in Kathryn Bigelow's film "The Hurt Locker." This is Renner's first Oscar nomination.

Photos: Jeremy Renner

For Best Picture: "The Hurt Locker"

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Best Actress: Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock earned her first Oscar nomination for her turn as real-life Memphis mother Leigh Anne Tuohy, who takes in a homeless teenager, in "The Blind Side."

Photos: Sandra Bullock

For Best Picture: "The Blind Side"

Best Actress: Helen Mirren

Mirren, the Best Actress Oscar-winner for 2006's "The Queen" is nominated again, playing Leo Tolstoy's wife in "The Last Station." This is her fourth nomination.

Photos: Helen Mirren

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Best Actress: Carey Mulligan

This actress earned her first Oscar nomination for playing a young schoolgirl in 1960s Britain who gets caught up in an affair with an older man in "An Education."

Photos: Carey Mulligan

For Best Picture: "An Education"

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Best Actress: Gabourey Sidibe

Sidibe made her acting debut playing a pregnant, abused Harlem teen in Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." Her work earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

Photos: Gabourey Sidibe

For Best Picture: "Precious"

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Best Actress: Meryl Streep

Streep earned her 16th Oscar nomination playing chef Julia Child during her time in 1950s Paris in "Julie & Julia." She won the Best Supporing Actress Oscar in 1979 for "Kramer vs. Kramer" and the Best Actress award in 1982 for "Sophie's Choice."

Photos: Meryl Streep

Video: Meryl Streep is Julia Child

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Supporting Actor: Matt Damon

Damon is nominated for his portrayal of Francois Pienaar, the captain of the South African rugby team that becomes a unifying force for a divided nation, in Clint Eastwood's film "Invictus." This is Damon's third Academy Award nomination. He won in 1997 for Best Screenplay for "Good Will Hunting."

Photos: Matt Damon

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Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson

Harrelson is nominated for his portrayal of Captain Tony Stone, a military officer struggling to maintain his sobriety as he delivers news of soldiers' deaths to their families in the film "The Messenger." This is Harrelson's second Oscar nomination.

Photos: Woody Harrelson

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Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer

Plummer is nominated for his portrayal of Leo Tolstoy, the great Russian writer who finds himself torn in his final years between his wife and his devoted admirers in the film "The Last Station." This is Plummer's first Oscar nomination.

Photos: Christopher Plummer

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Supporting Actor: Stanley Tucci

Tucci is nominated for his eerie turn as George Harvey, a serial killer who murders his 14-year-old neighbor in Peter Jackson's film "The Lovely Bones." This is Tucci's first Academy Award nomination.

Photos: Stanley Tucci

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Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz

Waltz is nominated for his portrayal of Col. Hans Landa, a sinister Nazi officer with a talent for seeking out people in hiding, in Quentin Tarantino's film "Inglourious Basterds." This is the Austrian actor's first Academy Award nomination.

Photos: Christoph Waltz

For Best Picture: "Inglourious Basterds"

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Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz

Cruz earned her third Oscar nomination for her work in the movie musical "Nine," playing Carla, the sultry mistress of an Italian movie director. She won the Best Supporting Actress award for 2008's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and was nominated for Best Actress in 2006's "Volver."

Photos: Penelope Cruz

Video: Cruz on "60 Minutes"

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Supporting Actress: Vera Farmiga

Farmiga earned her first Oscar nomination playing Alex, a businesswoman who begins a relationship with another frequent flyer, in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air."

Photos: Vera Farmiga

For Best Picture: "Up in the Air"

Supporting Actress: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Gyllenhaal portrayed Jean Craddock, a journalist who interviews and finds love with a down-and-out country star, in "Crazy Heart." This is her first Oscar nomination.

Photos: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Video: Gyllenhaal's "Crazy Heart"

Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick

Kendrick earned a nomination for her portrayal of Natalie Keener, an ambitious young woman who fires people for a living, in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air." This is her first Oscar nomination.

Photos: Anna Kendrick

For Best Picture: "Up in the Air"

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Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique

Mo'nique earned a Supporting Actress nomination playing Mary Jones, a jealous, abusive mother, in Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." This is her first Oscar nomination.

Photos: Mo'Nique

For Best Picture: "Precious"

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Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Bigelow is only the fourth woman in Oscar history to be nominated for a Directing Oscar - and, if she wins, she'll be the first to take home the statuette. She's nominated for her film "The Hurt Locker," which centers around an army unit of bomb diffusers in Iraq. This is her first nomination.

Photos: Kathryn Bigelow

For Best Picture: "The Hurt Locker"
Video: Bigelow on "60 Minutes"

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Director: James Cameron

Cameron is nominated for his sci-fi blockbuster "Avatar," about a human who travels to a faraway planet and befriends its inhabitants. He is already an Oscar-winner for 1997's "Titanic."

Photos:James Cameron

For Best Picture: "Avatar"

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Director: Lee Daniels

Daniels directed the powerful story of an abused, illiterate Harlem teen in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." This is his first Oscar nominations.

Photos: Lee Daniels

For Best Picture: "Precious"

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Director: Jason Reitman

Reitman is nominated for his film about an emotionally detached businessman who travels the country firing people in "Up in the Air." He was also nominated for directing 2007's "Juno."

Photos: Jason Reitman

For Best Picture: "Up in the Air"
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Director: Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino earned an Oscar nomination and re-wrote history in "Inglourious Basterds," a World War II film about a group of Nazi-killing American soldiers who plot to kill Hitler. He was also nominated for Best Director for his 1994 film "Pulp Fiction."

Photos: Quentin Tarantino

Photos: "Inglourious Basterds" Premiere

For Best Picture: "Inglourious Basterds"

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