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Spidey takes on Frodo in DVD kudos

'Lion King' clear leader with 11 noms

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HOLLYWOOD — It’s Mary Poppins against Scarlett O’Hara, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen and Luke Skywalker, and it’s Jack Black against Spidey, Frodo, Neo and the Friedmans in this year’s battle for top honors at the fifth annual DVD Exclusive Awards on Feb 8.

Meanwhile, after being the only “Desperate Housewives” cast member to be snubbed by the Golden Globes, Eva Longoria has become the only cast member to get an actress nomination for a DVD premiere movie she co-produced called “Carlita’s Secret.”

Disney’s animated DVD premiere movie “The Lion King 1 ½,” the top-selling DVD of any kind the first half of the year, is the clear leader with 11 nominations in eight categories.

New Line’s recently released hour-longer version of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” leads all special edition DVD titles with seven nominations – one in every category for which it is eligible, including overall DVD and new movie.

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In a surprise nomination, competing against the 2004 Oscar winner is HBO’s 2004 Oscar-nominated docu, “Capturing the Friedmans,” which collected three noms despite being released on DVD nearly a full year ago, on Jan. 27. The doc from Andrew Jarecki is not only nominated with the 2004 Oscar winner and one of 2004’s biggest blockbusters, “Spider-Man 2,” it also stands in place of the most successful documentary of all time, “Fahrenheit 9/11.” The DVD version of Michael Moore’s documentary received just one DVDX nomination for deleted scenes, where it is up against “Friedmans” and a third doc, “The Fog of War.”

The nearly 600 entertainment industry members of the DVD Exclusive Academy, including filmmakers such as Sam Raimi and Ridley Scott, and actors from Bradley Whitford to Sylvester Stallone, are each sent dozens of DVDs each year to rate electronically on a scale of 1-5 at the time of the DVD release to determine the members’ weekly and monthly top picks of new releases. The five weekly and monthly leaders with the highest average ratings in each of 24 categories at the end of the year become the nominees for the best DVDs of 2004. Online ballots for nominated DVDs have been re-opened so DVDX Academy members may revise any of their previous ratings for nominees throughout this month.

In the overall DVD, classic film category, Disney’s recent release of “Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition” was nominated along with Warner’s December release, “Gone With the Wind Four-Disc Collector’s Edition,” as well as two MGM 1960s classics released on DVD last summer, “The Great Escape” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” and Fox’s “Star Wars Trilogy.”

In the second year for the category of overall DVD, TV program, nostalgic series like last year’s winner “The Dick Van Dyke Show” have given way to recent landmark series “Seinfeld” and four nominees that represent previous seasons of series still on the air – “24,” “Arrested Development,” “The Simpsons” and fellow “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

The nominees in this year’s new category of overall DVD, music program, range from The Beatles (“The First U.S. Visit”), “Live-Aid” and Peter Gabriel (“Play”) to the video performances of young pop stars Hilary Duff (“The Girl Can Rock”) and Josh Groban (“Live at the Greek”).

In the DVD premiere movie categories, sharing an actress nom with Longoria is Jennifer Tilly for her performance in the psychological drama “Relative Evil,” which racked up six nominations.

Revered former “West Wing” co-star John Amos is an actor nominee for his performance in a comedy film he produced called “Watermelon Heist” for his director son K.C. Amos. He shares the nomination with a diverse group of actors that includes Jonathan Tucker (from previous DVDX Award winner “100 Girls”), Michael Gross (“Tremors 4”), Mark Hamill (his own “Comic Book: The Movie”) and the late James Coburn in his final film role (“American Gun”).

The list of supporting actor nominations for performances in DVD premiere movies includes comic legends Jonathan Winters and Sid Caesar for their roles in “Comic Book: The Movie,” David Strathairn in support of Tucker in “Relative Evil,” Barbara Bain (“American Gun”) and Natasha Henstridge for reprising her star-making character in “Species 3.”

Nathan Lane and Martin Short are nominees in the unique DVDX Awards category of animated character performance for their voice performances in nominated animated DVD premiere movies “The Lion King 1 ½” and “Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper.” They each share their nominations with the animator responsible for designing the character they vocalize.

And the nominees are…

Special Editions

Overall DVD, New Movie (including all bonus features):
“Capturing the Friedmans” (HBO/Warner)
“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Special Extended Edition” (New Line/Warner)
“School of Rock” (Paramount)
“Spider-man 2” (Sony)
“The Ultimate Matrix Collection” (Warner)

Overall DVD, Classic Film (including all bonus features):
“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” (MGM)
“Gone With The Wind Four-Disc Collector’s Edition” (Warner)
“The Great Escape” (MGM)
“Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition” (Disney)
“Star Wars Trilogy” (Fox)

Overall DVD, TV Program (including all bonus features)
“24 – Season 3” (Fox)
“Arrested Development – Season One” (Fox)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete First Season” (HBO/Warner)
“Seinfeld – Seasons 1 & 2, Volume 1 (Sony)
“The Simpsons: The Complete Fifth Season” (Fox)

Overall DVD, Music Program (including all bonus features):
“The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit,” producer TBD (Capitol)
“Hilary Duff: The Girl Can Rock,” producer TBD (Disney)
“Peter Gabriel: Play,” producer TBD (Warner Strategic Marketing)
“Josh Groban: Live at the Greek,” producer TBD (Warner Reprise)
“Live Aid,” Jill S. Sinclair (Warner Strategic Marketing)

Audio Commentary (new for DVD):
Steven J. Rubin – “The Great Escape” (MGM)
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Special Extended Edition” (New Line/Warner)
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke – “Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition” (Disney)
Matt Groenig, cast and crew – “The Simpsons – The Complete Fourth Season” (Fox)
George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren, Carrie Fisher (“The Empire Strikes Back”) – “Star Wars Trilogy” (Fox)

Behind the Scenes Program (new for DVD):
“Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy,” Kevin Burns – “Star Wars Trilogy” (Fox)
“From Book to Script – Forging the Final Chapter,” Michael Pellerin – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Special Extended Edition” (New Line/Warner)
“Saving Private Ryan: Recreating Omaha Beach,” Laurent Bouzereau – “Saving Private Ryan Special Collector’s Edition” (Dreamworks/Universal)
“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: The Making of Mary Poppins,” Andy Siditsky – “Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition” (Disney)
“Voices From the List,” Michael Mayhew, James Moll – “Schindler’s List” (Universal)

Deleted Scenes, Outtakes and Bloopers:
“Capturing the Friedmans” (“The Case,” “The Family”), producer TBD (HBO/Warner)
“Fahrenheit 9/11,” Michael Moore (Sony)
“The Fog of War, Errol Morris” (Sony)
“Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Special Extended Edition,” Michael Pellerin (New Line/Warner)
“Seinfeld: Seasons 1 and 2 (Volume I),” Morgan Sackett (Sony)

Games and Interactivities:
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” producer TBD (Warner)
“The Lion King 1 ½” – Timon & Pumbaa’s Virtual Safari 1.5, Andy Siditsky (Disney)
“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Special Extended Edition,” producer TBD (New Line/Warner)
“School of Rock,” producer TBD (Paramount)
“Shrek 2,” Mark Rowen (DreamWorks/Uni)

Menu Design:
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” producer TBD (Warner)
“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Special Extended Edition,” producer TBD (New Line/Warner)
“Shrek 2, Angela Stout” (DreamWorks/Uni)
“Star Wars Trilogy,” Van Ling (Fox)
“The Ultimate Matrix Collection,” producer TBD (Warner)

New Movie Scenes (finished, edited into movie, or stand-alone):
“24 — Season 3” (Season 4 promo), director/producer TBD (Fox)
“Capturing the Friedmans, ” director/producer TBD (HBO/Warner)
“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Special Extended Edition,” Peter Jackson (New Line/Warner)
“Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition” (“The Cat That Looked At A King”), Andy Siditsky — (Disney)
“Shrek 2” (“Far, Far Away Idol”), Simon J. Smith (DreamWorks/Uni)

DVD Premiere Movies:

Animated DVD Premiere Movie
“Barbie as Princess and Pauper,” Jesyca C. Durchyn and Jennifer Twiner McCarron (Lions Gate)
“Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui,” Sue Shakespeare (Miramax/Disney)
“Care Bears: Journey to Joke-A-Lot,” Cynthia Taylor (Lions Gate)
“Dragons: Fire & Ice,” Jonathan Goodwill (Lions Gate)
“The Lion King 1 ½,” George A. Mendoza (Disney)

Live-Action DVD Premiere Movie
“Bring It On Again,” Marc Abraham, Thomas A. Bliss, Kelli Konop (Universal)
“Comic Book: The Movie,” Scott Zakarin, Eric Mittleman (Miramax/Disney)
“Relative Evil,” John Cosgrove, Ira Deutchman, Stephen Dyer (Screen Media/Universal)
“Species III Unrated Edition,” David Dwiggins (MGM)
“Tremors 4: The Legend Begins,” Nancy Roberts (Universal)

Actor (in a DVD Premiere Movie):
John Amos – “Watermelon Heist” (Maverick)
James Coburn – “American Gun” (Miramax/Disney)
Michael Gross – “Tremors 4: The Legend Begins” (Universal)
Mark Hamill – “Comic Book: The Movie” (Miramax/Disney)
Jonathan Tucker – “Relative Evil” (Screen Media/Universal)

Actress (in a DVD Premiere Movie):
Sara Botsford – “Tremors 4: The Legend Begins” (Universal)
Amelia Cooke – “Species III Unrated Edition” (MGM)
Eva Longoria – “Carlita’s Secret” (Maverick)
Jennifer Tilly – “Relative Evil” (Screen Media/Universal)
Bree Turner – “Bring it on Again” (Universal)

Supporting Actor (in a DVD Premiere Movie):
Sid Caesar – “Comic Book: The Movie” (Creative Light/Miramax/Disney)
Jonathan Winters – “Comic Book: The Movie” (Creative Light/Miramax/Disney)
David Strathairn – “Relative Evil” (Screen Media/Universal)
Barry Bostwick – “The Skulls 3” (Universal)
Sam Ly – “Tremors 4: The Legend Begins” (Universal)

Supporting Actress (in a DVD Premiere Movie):
Barbara Bain – “American Gun” (Miramax/Disney)
Rachel Leigh Cook – “The Big Empty” (Lions Gate)
Aleksa Palladino – “Relative Evil” (Screen Media/Uni)
Brooke D’Orsay – “The Skulls 3” (Universal)
Natasha Henstridge – “Species 3” (MGM)

Animated Character Performance (voice and animation — in a DVD Premiere Movie):
Timon – voice: Nathan Lane; animator: Alexis Stadermann, “The Lion King 1 ½” (Disney)
Tigger – voice: Jim Cummings; animator TBD, “Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo” (Disney)
Pumbaa — voice: Ernie Sabella; supervising animator Bob Baxter, “The Lion King 1 ½” (Disney)
Preminger – voice: Martin Short; animator TBD, “Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper” (Lions Gate)
Minnie Mouse — voice: Russi Taylor; animator TBD, “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas” (Disney)

Director (of a DVD Premiere Movie)
William Lau, “Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper” (Lions Gate)
David Molina and Terry Shakespeare, “Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui” (Miramax/Disney)
Mark Hamill, “Comic Book: The Movie” (Creative Light/Miramax/Disney)
Bradley Raymond, “The Lion King 1 ½” (Disney)
Donovan Cook, “The Three Musketeers” (Disney)

Screenplay (for a DVD Premiere Movie)
Alan Jacobs, “American Gun” (Miramax/Disney)
Tom Rogers, “The Lion King 1 ½” (Disney)
Bill Motz, Bob Roth, Peggy Holmes, Chad Fiveash, James Patrick Stotereaux, Matthew O’Callaghan, Shirley Pierce, Jim Peronto, Carole Holliday, Michael Shipley, Jim Bernstein, “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas” (Disney)
David M. Evans, Evan Spiliotopoulos, “The Three Musketeers” (Disney)
Tom Rogers, “Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo” (Disney)

Original Song (in a DVD Premiere Movie)
“To Be A Princess,” performer TBD; written by Megan Cavallari; lyrics by Amy Powers – “Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper” (Lions Gate)
“Be Prepared,” words by Tim Rice; music by Elton John; performed by Nathan Lane; arranged and orchestrated by Martin Erskine – “The Lion King 1 ½” (Disney)
“That’s All I Need,” words by Tim Rice; music by Elton John; performed by Nathan Lane; arranged and orchestrated by Martin Erskine – “The Lion King 1 ½” (Disney)
“All For One and One For All,” vocals: Rob Paulsen; music: Jacques Offenbach; lyrics: Chris Otsuki – “The Three Musketeers” (Disney)
“Way Back When,” performed by Steve Holy; written by Hugh James Hardman, Steve Rubin and Rick Mathews – “Where the Red Fern Grows” (Disney)

Original Score (for a DVD Premiere Movie)
Arnie Roth, “Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper” (Lions Gate)
Nathan Furst, “Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui” (Miramax/Disney)
Don Harper, “The Lion King 1 ½” (Disney)
Stephen James Taylor, “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas” (Disney)
Mark Waters, “Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo” (Disney)

Cinematography (in a DVD Premiere Movie)
Thomas Callaway, “Cruel Intentions 3” (Sony)
Gero Steffen, “Relative Evil” (Screen Media/Uni)
David A. Makin, “The Skulls 3” (Universal)
Christian Sebalt, “Species III Unrated Edition” (MGM)
Norman Cattell, Virgil L. Harper, “Tremors 4: The Legend Begins” (Universal)

Editing (of a DVD Premiere Movie)
Paul Millspaugh, “American Gun” (Miramax/Disney)
Craig Russo, “Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui” (Miramax/Disney)
Joyce Arrastia, “The Lion King 1 ½” (Disney)
Harry B. Miller III, “Tremors 4: The Legend Begins” (Universal)
Robert S. Birchard, “Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo” (Disney)

Visual Effects (in a DVD Premiere Movie)
Andy Siditsky, “The Lion King 1 ½” (Disney)
Ron Friedman, “Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui” (Miramax/Disney)
Dennis Berardi, “Species 3 Unrated Edition” (MGM)
Linda Drake, “Tremors 4: The Legend Begins” (Universal)
Tricia Jellis, “Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper” (Lions Gate)