Quentin Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and movie musical NINE are leading the awards season charge with 10 nominations apiece from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
The World War II film and Rob Marshall's all-star musical will both compete for the coveted Best Picture prize at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, alongside Avatar, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Invictus, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, and Up in the Air.
James Cameron's epic Avatar picked up nine nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, while The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air received eight nominations, and The Lovely Bones and Precious each scored six.
George Clooney will battle it out in the Best Actor category for his role in Up in the Air, alongside Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Colin Firth (A Single Man), Morgan Freeman (Invictus), Viggo Mortensen (The Road), and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker).
In the Best Actress category, Emily Blunt has won a nomination for The Young Victoria, along with Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side. They will go up against Carey Mulligan (An Education), Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), and Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia).
The moviemakers nominated for Best Direction prize include Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds and James Cameron for Avatar, along with Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Lee Daniels (Precious), Clint Eastwood (Invictus) and Jason Reitman (Up in the Air).
The Critics Choice Movie Awards will take place on 15 January (09) in Los Angeles.
The main list of nominees is as follows:

Best Picture:
Avatar
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Invictus
Nine
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up In The Air

Best Actor:
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
George Clooney - Up In The Air
Colin Firth - A Single Man
Morgan Freeman - Invictus
Viggo Mortensen - The Road
Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker

Best Actress:
Emily Blunt - The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side
Carey Mulligan - An Education
Saoirse Ronan - The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious
Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia

Best Supporting Actor:
Matt Damon - Invictus
Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
Christian MCKay - Me And Orson Welles
Alfred Molina - An Education
Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress:
Marion Cotillard - Nine
Vera Farmiga - Up In The Air
Anna Kendrick - Up In The Air
Mo’Nique - Precious
Julianne Moore - A Single Man
Samantha Morton - The Messenger

Best Acting Ensemble:
Inglourious Basterds
Nine
Precious
Star Trek
Up In The Air

Best Directing:
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
James Cameron - Avatar
Lee Daniels - Precious
Clint Eastwood - Invictus
Jason Reitman - Up In The Air
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds.