"Basterds" and "Nine" lead movie critics assn awards
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" and the Fellini-inspired musical "Nine" received a leading 10 nominations each on Monday for the Broadcast Film Critics Association awards, with fantasy, sci-fi movie "Avatar" close behind with nine.
"The Hurt Locker," an independent movie about American bomb-disposal experts serving in Iraq that has already won at least six prizes, picked up eight nominations, including best picture, best actor for Jeremy Renner and best director for Kathryn Bigelow.
George Clooney ("Up in the Air"), and Britain's Colin Firth ("A Single Man"), were among the nominees for best actor. Sandra Bullock, Irish teenager Saoirse Ronan and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe were listed in the best actress categories for their respective roles in "The Blind Side", "The Lovely Bones" and "Precious".
With 235 members, the Broadcast Film Critics Association is the largest movie critics' organization in the United States and Canada.
"Nine", a musical homage to the late Italian director Federico Fellini with an all-star cast, has yet to be seen by the general public.
It picked up a slew of art nominations along with best picture, best supporting actress for Marion Cotillard and a best ensemble nomination for its all-star cast that includes Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman.
"Inglourious Basterds", Tarantino's World War Two revenge fantasy, received best picture, best director, best ensemble and best action movie nominations among its 10 nods.
James Cameron's highly-anticipated and expensive new movie "Avatar", which opens in theaters later this week, picked up best picture, best action picture and best director nominations, with most of its other mentions going to art, sound and special effects.
Other best picture nominations went to "Up In The Air," "An Education", "Invictus", "Precious", "A Serious Man" and "Up".
The full list can be seen at www.bfca.org. The winners will be announced in Hollywood on January 15.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis)