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An Education'Avatar,' 'An Education' and 'The Hurt Locker' were among the top films nominated this morning by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Britain's equivalent of the Oscars.

Each film received an impressive eight nominations, including nods for Best Film, where they are joined by 'Precious' and 'Up in the Air.'

Meanwhile, the acting categories offered a mix of shoo-ins and surprises. As expected, Jeff Bridges ('Crazy Heart'), George Clooney ('Up in the Air') and Colin Firth ('A Single Man') were nominated for Best Actor, alongside Jeremy Renner ('The Hurt Locker') and Andy Serkis ('Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll').

Notably absent was 'Invictus' star Morgan Freeman, who many are predicting will receive an Oscar nomination on Feb. 2. Even more surprising: 'Invictus' was left off the list entirely, receiving zero nominations total. An Education'Avatar,' 'An Education' and 'The Hurt Locker' were among the top films nominated this morning by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Britain's equivalent of the Oscars.

Each film received an impressive eight nominations, including nods for Best Film, where they are joined by 'Precious' and 'Up in the Air.'

Meanwhile, the acting categories offered a mix of shoo-ins and surprises. As expected, Jeff Bridges ('Crazy Heart'), George Clooney ('Up in the Air') and Colin Firth ('A Single Man') were nominated for Best Actor, alongside Jeremy Renner ('The Hurt Locker') and Andy Serkis ('Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll').

Notably absent was 'Invictus' star Morgan Freeman, who many are predicting will receive an Oscar nomination on Feb. 2. Even more surprising: 'Invictus' was left off the list entirely, receiving zero nominations total.

For Best Actress, familiar faces Carey Mulligan ('An Education'), Gabourey Sidibe ('Precious') and Mery Streep ('Julie & Julia') led the way, with Saiorse Ronan ('The Lovely Bones') and 'Coco Before Chanel''s Audrey Tautou rounding out the category.

Other surprises included nominations for Alec Baldwin ('It's Complicated') and Kristin Scott Thomas ('Nowhere Boy') in Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

On the snubs side, 'District 9' and 'Inglourious Basterds' were both overlooked for Best Film, despite earning seven and six nominations, respectively. However, Neill Blomkamp and Quentin Tarantino still managed nominations for Best Director, where they will face off against James Cameron ('Avatar'), Lone Schefig ('An Education') and Kathryn Bigelow ('The Hurt Locker').

Winners will be announced live from London on Feb. 21. Last year's big winner, 'Slumdog Millionaire,' went on to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Check out the major nominations below (for the full list, visit the BAFTA website):

Best Film
'Avatar'
'An Education'
'The Hurt Locker'
'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire'
'Up in the Air'

Outstanding British Film
'An Education'
'Fish Tank'
'In The Loop'
'Moon'
'Nowhere Boy'

Best Director

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

Best 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'

Best Actress

Carey Mulligan, 'An Education'
Saoirse Ronan, 'The Lovely Bones'
Gabourey Sidibe, 'Precious'
Meryl Streep, 'Julie & Julia'
Audrey Tautou, 'Coco Before Chanel'

Best 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'
Kristin Scott Thomas, 'Nowhere Boy'

Best Original Screenplay

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

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