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Saoirse nominated for Bafta award

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is among the nominees for this year's Bafta awards.

The Co Carlow teenager has been nominated in the Leading Actress category for her performance in The Lovely Bones.

Ronan is up against Carey Mulligan for An Education, Gabourey Sidibe for Precious, Meryl Streep for Julie and Julia and Audrey Tautou for Coco Before Chanel.

Avatar, An Education and The Hurt Locker lead the way in this year's shortlist, each receiving eight nominations.

District 9 has seven nominations; Inglourious Basterds and Up in the Air have six nominations apiece; and Coco Before Chanel, Nowhere Boy, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire and Up each receive four nominations at the Orange British Academy Film Awards.

Avatar received nominations for Best Film, while James Cameron has a nod in the Director category.

An Education is also in the running for Best Film, vying against The Hurt Locker, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire and Up In The Air.

The Leading Actor category sees Hollywood heart-throb and Up In the Air star George Clooney pitted against Colin Firth for A Single Man, Andy Serkis for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker and Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart.

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