Academy Award Nominations Announced Feb. 11; "Chicago" Tops List With 13 Nominations Including Best Film

News   Academy Award Nominations Announced Feb. 11; "Chicago" Tops List With 13 Nominations Including Best Film
The 75th Anniversary Academy Award nominations were announced Feb. 11 at 8:30 AM ET live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in California. Both "Chicago" and "The Hours" were nominated for Best Film.
Catherine Zeta-Jones in the film version of Chicago
Catherine Zeta-Jones in the film version of Chicago Photo by David James

Other movies nominated for Best Picture include "Gangs of New York," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "The Pianist."

"Chicago" — directed by Rob Marshall and based on the award-winning Kander and Ebb musical — and "The Hours" — featuring a screenplay by David Hare and directed by Stephen Daldry — garnered multiple nominations.

"Chicago" received 13 nominations in all — the most of any film this season — including Best Actress (Renée Zellweger), Best Supporting Actress (Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Best Supporting Actor (John C. Reilly). Surprisingly, Richard Gere, who received a Golden Globe Award for his performance as slick lawyer Billy Flynn, was snubbed by the Academy. Rob Marshall, however, was nominated for Best Director for his feature-film debut, and Bill Condon received a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. The much-in-the-news motion picture also received nominations for Achievement in Art Direction (John Myhre, set decoration: Gord Sim), Achievement in Cinematography (Dion Beebe), Achievement in Costume Design (Colleen Atwood), Achievement in Film Editing (Martin Walsh), Best Original Song (John Kander and Fred Ebb for "I Move On") and Achievement in Sound (Michael Minkler, Dominick Tavella and David Lee).

"The Hours" also received a slew of nominations — nine in all — for Best Actress (Nicole Kidman), Best Director (Stephen Daldry), Best Supporting Actress (Julianne Moore), Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris), Achievement in Costume Design (Ann Roth), Achievement in Film Editing (Peter Boyle), Best Original Score (Philip Glass) and Best Adapted Screenplay (David Hare).

Prior to the Academy Award nominations, both "Chicago" and "The Hours" had already picked up multiple nominations and awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Drama ("The Hours") and the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical ("Chicago"). Nominations in the major categories for the 75th Annual Academy Awards follow:
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
"Gangs of New York"
"The Hours"
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
"The Pianist"

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year:
"El Crimen Del Padre Amaro"
"The Man Without a Past"
"Nowhere in Africa"
"Zus & Zo"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Adrien Brody in "The Pianist"
Nicolas Cage in "Adaptation"
Michael Caine in "The Quiet American"
Daniel Day-Lewis in "Gangs of New York"
Jack Nicholson in "About Schmidt"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:
Chris Cooper in "Adaptation"
Ed Harris in "The Hours"
Paul Newman in "Road to Perdition"
John C. Reilly in "Chicago"
Christopher Walken in "Catch Me If You Can"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Salma Hayek in "Frida"
Nicole Kidman in "The Hours"
Diane Lane in "Unfaithful"
Julianne Moore in "Far From Heaven"
Renée Zellweger in "Chicago"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:
Kathy Bates in "About Schmidt"
Julianne Moore in "The Hours"
Queen Latifah in "Chicago"
Meryl Streep in "Adaptation"
Catherine Zeta-Jones in "Chicago"

Achievement in Directing:
Rob Marshall for "Chicago"
Martin Scorsese for "Gangs of New York"
Stephen Daldry for "The Hours"
Roman Polanski for "The Pianist"
Pedro Almodovar for "Talk to Her"

Original Screenplay:
Todd Haynes for "Far From Heaven"
Jack Cocks, Steve Zaillian and Kenneth Lonergan for "Gangs of New York"
Nia Vardalos for "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
Pedro Almodovar for "Talk to Her"
Carlos and Alfonso Cuaroacuten for "Y Tu Mamá También"

Adapted Screenplay:
Peter Hedges and Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz for "About a Boy"
Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman for "Adaptation"
Bill Condon for "Chicago"
David Hare for "The Hours"
Ronald Harwood for "The Pianist"

Best Original Score:
John Williams for "Catch Me If You Can"
Elmer Bernstein for "Far From Heaven"
Elliot Goldenthal for "Frida"
Philip Glass for "The Hours"
Thomas Newman for "Road to Perdition"

Best Original Song:
"Burn It Blue" from "Frida" (Elliot Goldenthal and Julie Taymor)
"Father and Daughter" from "The Wild Thornberrys Movie" (Paul Simon)
"The Hands That Built America" from "Gangs of New York" (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen)
"I Move On" from "Chicago" (John Kander and Fred Ebb)
"Lose Yourself" from "8 Mile" (Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto)

Now playing 1,841 screens, the Miramax motion picture "Chicago" has grossed $63.7 million to date. Featuring a star-studded cast led by Renée Zellweger (Roxie Hart), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Velma Kelly) and Richard Gere (Billy Flynn), the "Chicago" company also includes John C. Reilly (Amos Hart), Dominic West (Fred Caseley), Christine Baranski (Mary Sunshine), Queen Latifah (Mama Morton) as well as Taye Diggs, Colm Feore, Lucy Liu, Mya, Marc Calamia, Deidre Goodwin, Sebastian La Cause, Mary Ann Lamb and a cameo from original Chicago star Chita Rivera. Bill Condon wrote the "Chicago" screenplay, and the film's cinematographer was Dion Beebe; the Tony-winning lighting team of Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer lit the film. John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical, which features such songs as "All That Jazz," "Mister Cellophane," and "Nowadays," debuted on Broadway in June 1975 with choreography by the late Bob Fosse.

Based on Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Hours" opened wide Jan. 17. The A-list cast includes Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman as three women whose lives are all touched by one single great work of literature, Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway." Directed by Daldry — of "Billy Elliott" fame — "The Hours" is a Scott Rudin/Robert Fox Production and features a score by composer Philip Glass. "The Hours" was also recently named Best Picture of 2002 by the National Board of Review.

The 75th Annual Academy Awards will be presented live from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on March 23. ABC-TV will broadcast the ceremony, which begins at 9 PM ET. For more information about the Academy Awards, go to

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