The movie based on Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher's life, "The Blind Side," was nominated today for an Academy Award as best picture.

Sandra Bullock, who played Leigh Anne Tuohy, a wealthy woman whose family takes in Oher, at the time a homeless teen in Memphis, was nominated for best actress. Oher would go on to graduate from Mississippi, become the No. 1 draft pick of the Ravens in 2009 and start all 16 games and two playoff games this past season.

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It is Bullock's first nomination, but she is considered the front-runner against past Oscar winners Meryl Streep ("Julie & Julia") and Helen Mirren "The Last Station"), and fellow first-time nominees Carey Mulligan ("An Education") and Gabourey Sidibe ("Precious.")

Ten movies were nominated for best picture for the first time since 1943. Five is the customary number of films to receive nominations, but Academy officials wanted to broaden the number of entries this year.

The 82nd Oscars ceremony is March 7. It will be shown on ABC.

For more on the nominations, here's a full story. Here's more on "The Blind Side."

The Associated Press contributed to this blog.

Photo of Sandra Bullock courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

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