'300,' 'Sweeney Todd' among Oscar shortlist

The achievement in makeup Oscar will go to one of seven films announced Monday by the Academy.

Big spectacles fill the list: “300,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” Two French-language pics were also mentioned: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” and “La Vie en rose.” Eddie Murphy’s many transformations in “Norbit” round out the contenders.

The Academy’s makeup branch will screen samples of the films Jan. 19 and pare the list down to three in time for the complete nominations announcement Jan. 22.

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