Academy Nominations Announced

For those of you who can't get enough of the movies or popularity contests, today is a good day, as the nominees for the 75th Academy Awards are announced.  Chicago leads the pack with thirteen nominations, followed by Gangs of New York and The Hours.  There are very few surprises among the field of films, and one can pretty much expect a similar spectacle to the soulless Golden Globes.

Read on for some of the other, and more interesting nominees, or check them out yourself at

The best picture nominees include: Chicago, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Gangs of New York, and The Pianist.  Not surprisingly, Rings is considered the heavy underdog against stiff competition.  The only significant absentee from that list seems to be About Schmidt, a film largely considered to be a heavy Oscar contender, but one which only picked up two nods for performances by Jack Nicholson, and Kathy Bates. 

The Hours picked up nine nominations, including acting nominations for Ed Harris, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, along with Picture and Directing.  Gangs of New York scored ten nominations, with only Daniel Day Lewis receiving performance recognition - eat that, Leo!  And, The Pianist picked up six. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers also received six nominations, though only one major nomination, that for Best Picture.  There were no acting nominations, but the film did receive recognition for its outstanding sound and visual work.  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers finds itself in competition with Spider-Man (2 nominations) and Star Wars: Episode 2 (1 nomination) for the visual effects oscar. 

I was also pleased to see that Road to Perdition, a film that made the mistake of not releasing in December and pandering to short-term memory, picked up six nominations, including an acting nod for Paul Newman.  I was also pleasantly surprised to see John Williams pick up his 42nd Academy Award Nomination for the terrific Catch Me If You Can soundtrack. 

- Elysium