Facts about each of the nominees

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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

    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.

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