Oscar tidbits

Facts about each of the nominees

Main story: ‘Chicago’ dances to top

See nominees

Nominee count by film

Final studio tally a matter of opinion

Oscar tidbits

Faves turn into no-shows

Mouse house full of noms

Overjoyed overseas: Reactions from abroad

Nominees react:

  • Elmer Bernstein
  • Stephen Daldry
  • Ed Harris
  • Meryl Streep
  • Agustin Almodovar
  • Charlie Kaufman
  • Nia Vardalos
  • Rob Marshall
  • Chris and Paul Weitz
  • Queen Latifah
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Alfonso Cuaron

    Predict the winners in Variety.com’s Academy Tracker

  • DIRECTOR
    Pedro Almodovar — First nom in this category, also nominated this year for writing “Talk to Her.”
    Stephen Daldry — He’s two for two: He also got a helming bid for his first pic, “Billy Elliot.”
    Rob Marshall — An Oscar rarity, a director nominated for his first film.
    Roman Polanski — He was nommed for his “Rosemary’s Baby” script and received two earlier helming noms (“Chinatown,” “Tess”).
    Martin Scorsese — This is his fourth helming nom.

    ACTOR
    Adrien Brody — At 29, and with 20 films under his belt, he’s the “new kid” in this category.
    Nicolas Cage — He’s an Oscar oddity: He’s nominated for playing the man who scripted his film.
    Michael Caine — The vet actor, who made his pic debut in 1956, earns his sixth bid, with two wins.
    Daniel Day-Lewis — He’s one of three best-actor winners in this race.
    Jack Nicholson — This is his 12th acting bid, meaning he and Katharine Hepburn are now runners-up to Streep.

    ACTRESS
    Salma Hayek — She is the first Mexico-born actress nominated in this category.
    Nicole Kidman — She’s one of seven actors this year nominated for playing real people.
    Diane Lane — She’s one of four nominees in this category who played a straying wife.
    Julianne Moore — The actress has two previous noms and is a double nominee this year.
    Renee Zellweger — She and Kidman are repeat contenders: Both were cited last year.

    SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Chris Cooper — He’s one of two actors in this category receiving their first nom.
    Ed Harris — This is his fourth nom, and the third in this category.
    Paul Newman — This is his ninth nomination, but the first in this category.
    John C. Reilly — He was the year’s busiest nominee, appearing in four movies in 2002.
    Christopher Walken — This is his second nom in this category, after winning for 1978’s “Deer Hunter.”

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Kathy Bates — She’s one of eight Oscar-winning thesps who are nominated this year.
    Queen Latifah — After Will Smith (“Ali”) last year, she’s the second rapper nominated for an acting Oscar.
    Julianne Moore — It’s rare to get two noms in one year; it’s unprecedented to get both for playing 1950s housewives.
    Meryl Streep — She received no SAG noms this year, but won a Golden Globe and is the most nominated performer ever with 13 nods.
    Catherine Zeta-Jones — The Welsh-born actress receives her first bid.

    Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
    Post A Comment 0

    Leave a Reply

    No Comments

    Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

    WordPress.com Logo

    You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

    Connecting to %s

    More Film News from Variety

    Loading