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In this film publicity image released by Summit Entertainment, Jeremy Renner is shown in a scene from, "The Hurt Locker." The film was nominated Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 for an Oscar for best picture. The 82nd Academy Awards will be presented on March 7. (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Jonathan Olley)

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

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- The science-fiction sensation "Avatar" and the war-on-terror thriller "The Hurt Locker" lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and director for former spouses James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow.

For the first time since 1943 the Oscars feature 10 best-picture contenders instead of the usual five.

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