Feb 2, 2010 12:31 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

'Avatar,' 'The Hurt Locker' lead Oscar nominations

Win or lose, it's great to be nominated. That's what Sandra Bullock is saying about the Oscars, adding that "no one cares about the end result or the statue." She says it's just great to rub shoulders with the actresses who are nominated with her -- people who are "just happy to share this moment."

Bullock is among the Best Actress nominees for her role in the football drama "The Blind Side." She's up against past Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren, along with first-time nominees Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe  -- who was making her screen debut in "Precious."

Morgan Freeman has been nominated five times, but he says he's most proud of this one -- for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in "Invictus." Jeff Bridges is viewed as the man to beat in that category, for his role as a country singer in "Crazy Heart." Also nominated are George Clooney, Colin Firth and Jeremy Renner.

The Best Director category shapes up as a showdown between ex-spouses James Cameron for "Avatar" and Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker." Both films are also up for Best Picture. And they're tied for most nominations with nine apiece.


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