updated 02/02/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/02/2010 AT 8:45 AM ET
She’s already taken home the Golden Globe and the SAG Award. Now, Sandra Bullock is up for Hollywood’s biggest prize of all: the Academy Award, as was announced – along with all the other nominations – by Anne Hathaway early Tuesday morning in Beverly Hills.
As a Best Actress nominee for her turn as the real-life Memphis mother Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side, Bullock shares her category with Carey Mulligan, for An Education; Helen Mirren, for The Last Station; Gabourey Sidibe, for Precious; and Meryl Streep, for her rollicking interpretation of French chef Julia Child in Julie & Julia.
The SAG and Globe male winner, longtime critics’ favorite Jeff Bridges, also snagged a Best Actor Oscar nod, for his down-and-out country musician Bad Blake in Crazy Heart. His fellow nominees are George Clooney, for Up in the Air (considered Bridges’s strongest rival); Colin Firth, for A Single Man; Morgan Freeman, for Invictus; and Jeremy Renner, for The Hurt Locker.
Harking back to the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1930s, the Academy has increased the number of Best Picture nominees, from five to 10. This year’s contenders are: Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up and Up in the Air.
Up is only the second animated film ever to be nominated for Best Picture. The 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast was the first.