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The Aviator leads Oscar nominations

Globe and Mail Update

Following up on its Golden Globe triumph, The Aviator scored 11 Academy Award nominations Tuesday, including six of the most important.

Finding Neverland and Million Dollar Baby each scored seven. The latter picked up six of its nominations in the most highly regarded categories.

Shut out completely from the most prestigious categories was the wildly successful Passion of the Christ. And Fahrenheit 9/11, which earned millions and divided opinion sharply, garnered no nominations at all.

A Canadian, London-born Paul Haggis, picked up a best-adapted-screenplay for his work on Million Dollar Baby.

Nominations in the 10 most important Oscar categories were announced from California by former winner Adrien Brody and Academy president Frank Pierson.

Mr. Pierson first offered a short tribute to Johnny Carson, the former host of The Tonight Show who died a few days ago. The two then announced the nominations for the most-sought categories. The remainder were simultaneously released to the media.

Best-picture nominations went to The Aviator, Finding Neverland , Million Dollar Baby, Ray and Sideways. Four of the same movies showed up on the best-director list. Marc Foster's Finding Neverland was the exception, its spot taken by Mike Leigh's Vera Drake.

Nominations for lead acting by a male were secured by:

Don Cheadle ( Hotel Rwanda); Johnny Depp ( Finding Neverland); Leonardo DiCaprio ( The Aviator); Clint Eastwood ( Million Dollar Baby); and Jamie Foxx ( Ray).

Best-actress nominations went to: Annette Bening ( Being Julia); Catalina Sandino Moreno ( Maria Full of Grace); Imelda Staunton ( Vera Drake); Hilary Swank ( Million Dollar Baby)and Kate Winslet ( Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).


Top Nominations

Unlike last year, when the third instalment of the popular and critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy swept 11 of the categories on Oscar night, there is no movie expected to dominate at the awards show next month. Although the Golden Globes are usually considered a reasonable predictor, pundits have noted that the field remains fairly wide open this year.

The awards show will be broadcast Feb. 27 from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. The show will be hosted by Chris Rock, the first time in nearly a decade that neither Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg nor Steve Martin has been at the reins.

Nominees are typically chosen by the branch of the Academy related to that category; for example, directors, actors or writers. The full membership of the academy, close to 6,000 in total, is eligible to vote in all categories for the Oscars themselves

TOP NOMINATIONS

Best Picture
The Aviator
Finding Neverland
Million Dollar Baby
Ray
Sideways

Actor in a leading role
Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda
Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland
Leonardo DiCaprio, the Aviator
Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby
Jamie Foxx, Ray
Actor in a supporting role
Alan Alda, The Aviator
Thomas Haden Church, Sideways
Jamie Foxx, Collateral
Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby
Clive Owen, Closer
Actress in a leading role
Annette Bening, Being Julia
Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace
Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake
Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby
Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Actress in a supporting role
Cate Blanchett, The Aviator
Laura Linney, Kinsey
Virginia Madsen, Sideways
Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda
Natalie Portman, Closer
Animated feature film
The Incredibles
Shark Tale
Shrek 2
Art direction
The Aviator
Finding Neverland
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Phantom of the Opera
A Very Long Engagement
Cinematography
The Aviator
House of Flying Daggers
The Passion of the Christ
The Phantom of the Opera
A Very Long Engagement
Costume design
The Aviator
Finding Neverland
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Ray
Troy
Directing
The Aviator
Million Dollar Baby
Ray
Sideways
Vera Drake
Documentary feature
Born into Brothels
The Story of the Weeping Camel
Super Size Me
Tupac: Resurrection
Twist of Faith
Documentary short subject
Autism is a World
The Children of Leningradsky
Hardwood
Mighty Times: The Children's March
Sister Rose's Passion
Film editing
The Aviator
Collateral
Finding Neverland
Million Dollar Baby
ray
Foreign-language film
As It Is in Heaven
The Chorus
Downfall
The Sea Inside
Yesterday
Makeup
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Passion of the Christ
The Sea Inside
Music (score)
Finding Neverland
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Passion of the Christ
The Village
Music (song)
Accidentally In LoveShrek 2
Al Otro Lado Del R'oThe Motorcycle Diaries
BelieveThe Polar Express
Learn To Be LonelyThe Phantom of the Opera
Look To Your Path (Vois Sur Ton Chemin)The Chorus
Short film (animated)
Birthday Boy
Gopher Broke
Guard Dog
Lorenzo
Ryan
Short film (live action)
Everything in this Country Must
Little Terrorist
7:35 in the Morning
Two Cars, One Night
Wasp
Sound editing
The Incredibles
The Polar Express
Spider-Man 2
Sound mixing
The Aviator
The Incredibles
The Polar Express
Ray
Spider-man 2
Visual effects
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I, Robot
Spider-Man 2
Writing (adapted screenplay)
Before Sunset
Finding Neverland
Million Dollar Baby
The Motorcycle Diaries
Sideways
Writing (original screenplay)
The Aviator
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Hotel Rwanda
The Incredibles
Vera Drake

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