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Canadians at the Oscars

Canadians are well connected to the Oscars in 2005

Canadian Press and Globe and Mail Update

Canadians are well connected to the Oscars in 2005.

Two Canadian films have been nominated this year.

Ryan has been nominated in the short film - animated category. Ryan is about an Oscar-nominated artist who now panhandles in Montreal.

Hardwood has been nominated in the documentary short category. Hardwood is about Hubert Davis, the son of former Harlem Globetrotter Mel Davis. Mel talks about his father's life and how it has affected his own.

Other Canadian connections to Oscar in 2005 include the Robert Lantos-produced Being Julia, for which Annette Bening nabbed a best actress nod.

Also, Paul Haggis of London, Ont., made it into the best adapted screenplay category for his script for Million Dollar Baby.

And Canadian actress Sandra Oh has a role in Sideways, which was nominated for best picture. Her husband, Alexander Payne, is nominated for best director and best adapted screenplay for the film.

Canadians have been starring in the Oscars for years.

In 1993, Winnipeg-born child actor Anna Paquin, then 10, was named Best Supporting Actress.

Atom Egoyan was nominated for both Best Director and Best Screenplay nominations for The Sweet Hearafter in 1997.

In 1998, James Cameron's Titanic was nominated for 14 and won 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.

Last year at the 2004 show, Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions won for Best Foreign Film.

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