British trio nominated for Oscars
Colin Firth, Helen Mirren and Carey Mulligan have been nominated for best actor and best actress Oscars.
Colin is up for his first Oscar for his role as a gay academic mourning the death of his partner in fashion designer Tom Ford's debut feature film A Single Man.
Newcomer Carey, 24, is up for best actress for her role in An Education, based on the memoirs of journalist Lynn Barber, while previous Academy Award winner Dame Helen gets a go at a second Oscar for her performance as writer Leo Tolstoy's wife in The Last Station.
British hopefuls for lead actress compete with Golden Globe winner Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side, who is being tipped as favourite to land the Oscar. Meryl Streep for her performance in Julie and Julia and Gabourey Sidibe for Precious, the film in which she made her acting debut, are also nominated.
Colin is up against Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), George Clooney (Up in the Air), Morgan Freeman (Invictus) and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker).
Penelope Cruz (Nine), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart), Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) and Mo'Nique (Precious) are the contenders for supporting actress.
Matt Damon (Invictus), Woody Harrelson (The Messenger), Christopher Plummer (The Last Station), Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) are up for best supporting actor.
At the Invictus premiere in London on Sunday night, Matt said he would be using his ballot to vote for Christoph in the category.
"It was a really wonderful performance," Matt said. "Once the nominations come out I will get a ballot and I will guarantee I will vote for Christoph Waltz."