The Online Film Critics Society has announced the nominees for the 2009 OFCS Awards, and it looks like war is all the rage once again. Quentin Tarantino's World War II joyride Inglourious Basterds leads with eight nominations, while Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq drama The Hurt Locker has seven. They are nominated for best picture, joined by Up in the Air, A Serious Man, and Up. Tarantino and Bigelow are also nominated for best director, joined by Joel and Ethan Coen (A Serious Man), Bigelow's ex-husband James Cameron (Avatar), and Neill Blomkamp (District 9).

District 9 missed a best picture nod, but it got five other nominations (more than A Serious Man or Up, which each got four). In addition to best director, District 9 is named in the actor (Sharlto Copley), adapted screenplay, cinematography, and editing categories. Up in the Air, besides best picture, is up for actor (George Clooney), twice for supporting actress (Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick), and adapted screenplay.

For best picture not in the English language, the nominees are Broken Embraces, Police, Adjective, Silent Light, Summer Hours, and The White Ribbon. (The OFCS's eligibility rules go by when the films are released in the United States, not their countries of origin, so it's a little different from the Oscars.) The documentary nominees are Anvil! The Story of Anvil, The Beaches of Agnes, Capitalism: A Love Story, The Cove, and Food Inc.

You can see all the nominees at the OFCS's blog. The final voting among the 144 members will take place this weekend, with the winners announced Jan. 6. Full disclosure: I'm a member of the OFCS, and I'm currently serving on the Governing Committee. (Sadly, no one ever calls me "Governor Snider.")