The cast of 'Inglourious Basterds' attend the photocall for the premiere in Berlin, Germany. (Photo Agency)more pics »Inglourious Basterds
lead this year's 15th annual Jameson Empire Film Award nominations. The blockbusters, directed by Quentin Tarantino
and James Cameron
respectively, were nominated in five categories each, including the coveted Best Film category, in which they will vie for the prize against Star Trek
, District 9
and The Hurt Locker
. The same five movies are also up for the Best Director. James Cameron (Bauer Griffin)
Empire editor Mark Dinning said: "Once again the Empire readers have done us proud with their nominations for the Jameson Empire Awards. Unlike other awards shortlists, their choices truly reflect the diversity of movies - celebrating everything that's smart and exciting about cinema today."
The lead actors in both Inglourious Basterds
are up for Best Actor and Best Actress, Christoph Waltz
and Melanie Laurent
for the former and Sam Worthington
and Zoe Saldana
for the latter.
Both categories are set to be hotly contested, with Sir Michael Caine
, Robert Pattinson
and Robert Downey Jr
. also up for Best Actor, and the Best Actress nominees joined by Anne-Marie Duff
, Carey Mulligan
and Emily Blunt
. Inglourious Basterds
is also nominated for Best Thriller, while Avatar
's final nomination is for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
Carey Mulligan, who has been nominated for an Oscar for her role in 'An Education', is also in the Best Newcomer category alongside Aaron Johnson
, Sharlto Copley
, Anna Kendrick
and Katie Jarvis
Among the surprise nominations is thriller Harry Brown
, which has been named in three categories.
The Empire Awards are voted for by the public, and the event is held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on March 28.
The Jameson Empire Awards full list of nominees: Best Film presented by Sony:
'The Hurt Locker' Best Director:
James Cameron - 'Avatar'
Neil Blomkamp - 'District 9'
JJ Abrams - 'Star Trek'
Quentin Tarantino - 'Inglourious Basterds'
Kathryn Bigelow - 'The Hurt Locker' Best Actor presented by Citroën:
Sir Michael Caine - 'Harry Brown'
Christoph Waltz - 'Inglourious Basterds'
Robert Pattinson - 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon'
Sam Worthington - 'Avatar'
Robert Downey Jr. - 'Sherlock Holmes' Best Actress:
Anne-Marie Duff - 'Nowhere Boy'
Carey Mulligan - 'An Education'
Zoe Saldana - 'Avatar'
Emily Blunt - 'The Young Victoria'
Melanie Laurent - 'Inglourious Basterds' Best British Film:
'The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus'
'In The Loop' Best Comedy:
'In The Loop'
'A Serious Man'
'Up In The Air'
'The Men Who Stare At Goats' Best Horror:
'Let The Right One In'
'Drag Me To Hell'
'The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus' Best Thriller:
'The Hurt Locker'
'Sherlock Holmes' Best Newcomer:
Carey Mulligan 'An Education'
Aaron Johnson 'Nowhere Boy'
Sharlto Copley 'District 9'
Anna Kendrick 'Up In The Air/New Moon'
Katie Jarvis 'Fish Tank'