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King Oscar, Lord of the Nominations

January 27th, 2004

Nominations for the 76the Annual Academy Awards were announced today. As always, here is a list of the nominations, plus reactions below.


Best Picture

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Lost in Translation
Master and Commander: Far Side of the World
Mystic River
Seabiscuit


Directing

City of God
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Lost in Translation
Master and Commander: Far Side of the World
Mystic River

Actor in a Leading Role

Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Ben Kingsley - House of Sand and Fog
Jude Law - Cold Mountain
Bill Murray - Lost in Translation
Sean Penn - Mystic River


Actress in a Leading Role

Keisha Castle-Hughes - Whale Rider
Diane Keaton - Something's Gotta Give
Samantha Morton - In America
Charlize Theron - Monster
Naomi Watts - 21 Grams


Actress in a Supporting Role

Shohreh Aghdashloo - House of Sand and Fog
Patricia Clarkson - Pieces of April
Marcia Gay Harden - Mystic River
Holly Hunter - Thirteen
Renée Zellweger - Cold Mountain


Actor in a Supporting Role

Alec Baldwin - The Cooler
Benicio Del Toro - 21 Grams
Djimon Hounsou - In America
Tim Robbins - Mystic River
Ken Watanabe - The Last Samurai


Writing - Original Screenplay

The Barbarian Invasions
Dirty Pretty Things
Finding Nemo
In America
Lost in Translation


Writing - Adapted Screenplay

American Splendor
City of God
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Mystic River
Seabiscuit

Animated Feature Film

Brother Bear
Finding Nemo
The Triplets of Bellevile


Documentary Feature

Balseros
Capturing the Friedmans
The Fog of War
My Architect
The Weather Underground


Documentary Short Subject

Asylum
Chernobyl Heart
Ferry Tales


Short Film - Animated

Boundin'
Destino
Gone Nutty
Harvue Krumpet
Nibbles


Short Film - Live Action

Die Rote Jacke
Most
Squash
(A) Torzija
Two Soldiers


Art Direction

Girl with a Pearl Earring
The Last Samurai
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Master and Commander: Far Side of the World
Seabiscuit


Cinematography

City of God
Cold Mountain
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Master and Commander: Far Side of the World
Seabiscuit


Costume Design

Girl with a Pearl Earring
The Last Samurai
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Master and Commander: Far Side of the World
Seabiscuit


Film Editing

City of God
Cold Mountain
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Master and Commander: Far Side of the World
Seabiscuit


Foreign Language Film

The Barbarian Invasions
Ondskan (a.k.a. Evil)
Tasogare seibei (a.k.a. The Twilight Samurai)
De Tweeling (a.k.a. Twin Sisters)
Želary


Music - Score

Big Fish
Cold Mountain
Finding Nemo
House of Sand and Fog
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King


Music - Song

"Into the West" - Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
"A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" - A Mighty Wind
"Scarlet Tide" - Cold Mountain
"The Triplets of Belleville" - The Triplets of Bellevile
"You Will Be My Ain True Love" - Cold Mountain


Sound

The Last Samurai
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Master and Commander: Far Side of the World
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Seabiscuit


Sound Editing

Finding Nemo
Master and Commander: Far Side of the World
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl


Makeup

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Master and Commander: Far Side of the World
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl


Visual Effects

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Master and Commander: Far Side of the World
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl


Reactions:

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King earned 11 nominations, and I expect it to win the majority of those awards.

Cold Mountain received 7 nominations, which is still very high given its reviews. I know I've mentioned it before, but at only 75% positive, there were plenty of high profile movies that earned better critical acclaim, yet were shut out of the Oscar nominations.

At only 13, Keisha Castle-Hughes became the youngest woman to be nominated for Best Actress for her work in Whale Rider.

Again, Paul Giamatti's work in American Splendor was ignored. At least the screenplay was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Matrix backlash continues as the two final films of the trilogy were shut out from the technical categories.

It was a bad week for Scarlett Johansson. First she lost both her Golden Globe nominations, then she was shut out from the Oscars completely.



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Filed under: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Something's Gotta Give, Seabiscuit, The Last Samurai, Cold Mountain, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Mystic River, Brother Bear, Big Fish, Lost in Translation, Monster, Whale Rider, A Mighty Wind, In America, House of Sand and Fog, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Les invasions barbares, The Cooler, Dirty Pretty Things, Cidade de Deus, Les Triplettes de Belleville, Thirteen, The Fog of War, Capturing the Friedmans, My Architect, Pieces of April, Weather Underground, 21 Grams, American Splendor