It’s not a huge surprise that Avatar scored nine nominations – including Best Picture and a Best Director nod for James Cameron – but I can’t say I expected to see District 9 up there with it. Pixar’s Up (Fantasy? Sci-fi? You tell me.) also made the big time, the first animated movie since 1991′s Beauty and the Beast to be nominated for Best Picture.
Avatar and District 9 will also be taking on Star Trek for Visual Effects. Sorry, ILM. Trek might have a chance at Makeup: It’s up against Il Divo and The Young Victoria.