The British like Avatar—and District 9, too!

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Apparently the Brits like Avatar just as much as everyone else giving out awards these days. The 3-D sci-fi epic scooped up eight nominations, including best film, from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in its Orange British Academy Film Awards. The South African sci-fi film District 9 also scored well, snagging seven awards, while non-sci-fi pics The Hurt Locker and An Education took down eight nominations of their own.

Avatar looks certain to grab an Oscar nomination, considering that it's won Golden Globes for best picture and director and received widespread consideration elsewhere. However, both District 9 and Star Trek appear to have a chance with the Academy this year as well, especially considering that there are 10 nominations to be had for the Academy Awards' best picture category.

Along with the BAFTA nomination for best film, Avatar got noms for James Cameron as best director, along with best music, cinematography, editing, production design, sound and special visual effects. While District 9 didn't grab a best film nomination, it nabbed noms for Neill Blomkamp as best director, along with best adapted screenplay, cinematography, editing, production design, sound and special visual effects.

The animated Up was nominated for best original screenplay, animated film, and music. Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox were also nominated for best animated film. The British film Moon was nominated for best British film and best debut by a British writer, director or producer.

Other sci-fi and fantasy award nominations went to Saoirse Ronan as leading actress and Stanley Tucci as supporting actor for The Lovely Bones, vampire flick Let the Right One In for best film not in the English language, the apocalyptic The Road for cinematography, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for production design and special visual effects, Heath Ledger's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus for production design and makeup and hair, and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek for sound and special visual effects.

Kristen Stewart (Twilight: New Moon) and Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) were previously announced as nominees for the Orange Rising Star Award.

The BAFTA awards will be given out in London on Feb. 21.

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