Facts about each of the nominees
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Nominee count by film
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.