The big Hollywood hitters - Avatar, Crazy Heart and The Hurt Locker - were all there in yesterday's Oscar nominations as announced by Anne Hathaway at 5.38am Los Angeles time.
But Brit stars were holding their own in the list of nominees with Colin Firth nominated for A Single Man, Carey Mulligan for An Education and Helen Mirren for her role in The Last Station.
Newcomer Carey Mulligan has wowed critics with her performance in An Education, the tale of a teenage girl coming of age in 60s London adapted from the memoirs of journalist Lynn Barber. Mulligan's reaction was ecstatic;
"This is beyond anything I've ever dreamed of. I've definitely never felt such excitement and nausea this early in the morning!"
An Education also scored a nomination in the Best Picture category.
Helen Mirren scored a nod for her portrayal of Sofya Tolstoy in The Last Station and made a statement this morning saying;
"I'm very happy and honored for Christopher, myself and our film. I think Tolstoy himself would have been perplexed by all this, but, Sofya his wife would have been over the moon. So in that spirit, I am too."
Mirren and Mulligan are pitted against each other in the Best Actress in a Lead Role category and will battle it out with Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia, Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side and Gabourey Sidibe for Precious.
Last up representing the Brits in the lead actors category is the delicious Mr Colin Firth who received his first ever Oscar nomination yesterday. Firth portrays a gay college professor in Tom Ford's very stylish directorial debut A Single Man. He'll be up against Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart, Morgan Freeman for Invictus, George Clooney for Up in the Air and Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker.
By Pat McNulty