Vol. 10, Issue No. 29/2003

Nominations Announced for 75th Academy Awards(R)
by Jadwiga Inglis

Nominations for the 75th Annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, February 11, 2003, by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Frank Pierson and Oscar(R) winner Marisa Tomei.

Pierson and Tomei announced ten of the 24 categories at a 5:30 a.m. news conference attended by over 400 international media. In 1993, Tomei received an Oscar for "My Cousin Vinny" at the 65th Academy Awards Presentation. She received her second Oscar nomination last year for her "In the Bedroom" supporting role. "Academy members selected the nominees in their respective branches, with the exception of the Animated Feature and Foreign Language Film categories, where nominations were selected by vote of screening committees. All members select the Best Picture nominees. The secret ballots were mailed to 5,816 members in early January and were returned directly to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the international accounting firm, for tabulation" said Pierson.

The Academy's entire active and life membership is eligible to select the winners in all categories, although in five of them - the two short film, the two documentary and the foreign language film categories - members can vote only after attesting they have seen all of the nominated films in those categories.

Academy Awards(R) for outstanding film achievements of 2002 will be presented on Sunday, March 23, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland(R) and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST.


Performance by an actor in a leading role
Adrien Brody in "The Pianist" (Focus Features)
Nicolas Cage in "Adaptation" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Michael Caine in "The Quiet American" (Miramax and Intermedia)
Daniel Day-Lewis in "Gangs of New York" (Miramax)
Jack Nicholson in "About Schmidt" (New Line)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Chris Cooper in "Adaptation" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Ed Harris in "The Hours" (Paramount and Miramax)
Paul Newman in "Road to Perdition" (DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox)
John C. Reilly in "Chicago" (Miramax)
Christopher Walken in "Catch Me If You Can" (DreamWorks)

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Salma Hayek in "Frida" (Miramax)
Nicole Kidman in "The Hours" (Paramount and Miramax)
Diane Lane in "Unfaithful" (20th Century Fox)
Julianne Moore in "Far from Heaven" (Focus Features)
Renée Zellweger in "Chicago" (Miramax)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Kathy Bates in "About Schmidt" (New Line)
Julianne Moore in "The Hours" (Paramount and Miramax)
Queen Latifah in "Chicago" (Miramax)
Meryl Streep in "Adaptation" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Catherine Zeta-Jones in "Chicago" (Miramax)

Achievement in cinematography
"Chicago" (Miramax) Dion Beebe
"Far from Heaven" (Focus Features) Edward Lachman
"Gangs of New York" (Miramax) Michael Ballhaus
"The Pianist" (Focus Features) Pawel Edelman
"Road to Perdition" (DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox) Conrad L. Hall

Achievement in costume design
"Chicago" (Miramax) Colleen Atwood
"Frida" (Miramax) Julie Weiss
"Gangs of New York" (Miramax) Sandy Powell
"The Hours" (Paramount and Miramax) Ann Roth
"The Pianist" (Focus Features) Anna Sheppard

Achievement in directing
"Chicago" (Miramax) Rob Marshall
"Gangs of New York" (Miramax) Martin Scorsese
"The Hours" (Paramount and Miramax) Stephen Daldry
"The Pianist" (Focus Features) Roman Polanski
"Talk to Her" (Sony Pictures Classics) Pedro Almodóvar

Achievement in film editing
"Chicago" (Miramax) Martin Walsh
"Gangs of New York" (Miramax) Thelma Schoonmaker
"The Hours" (Paramount and Miramax) Peter Boyle
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (New Line) Michael Horton
"The Pianist" (Focus Features) Hervé de Luze

Best foreign language film of the year
"El Crimen del Padre Amaro"
An Alameda Films/BluFilms/Foprocine/Gob. del Estado de Veracruz-Llave Production: Mexico

A Beijing New Picture Film Company/Elite Group Enterprises Production
People's Republic of China

"The Man without a Past"
A Sputnik Oy/Pandora Film/Pyramide Prods
Production: Finland

"Nowhere in Africa"
An MTM Medien & Television München Production

"Zus & Zo"
A Filmprodukties de Luwte Production
The Netherlands

Best motion picture of the year
"Chicago" (Miramax)
A Producer Circle Co., Zadan/Meron Production
Martin Richards, Producer

"Gangs of New York" (Miramax)
An Alberto Grimaldi Production
Alberto Grimaldi and Harvey Weinstein, Producers

"The Hours" (Paramount and Miramax)
A Scott Rudin/Robert Fox Production
Scott Rudin and Robert Fox, Producers

"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (New Line)
A New Line Cinema and Wingnut Films Production
Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson, Producers

"The Pianist" (Focus Features)
An R.P. Productions, Heritage Films, Studio Babelsberg, Runtime LTD. Production: Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde, Producers

Best animated short film
"The Cathedral"
A Platige Image Production
Tomek Baginski (from Poland)

"The ChubbChubbs!" (Columbia)
A Sony Pictures Imageworks Production
Eric Armstrong

"Das Rad"
A Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH Production
Chris Stenner and Heidi Wittlinger

"Mike's New Car" (Buena Vista)
A Pixar Animation Studios Production
Pete Docter and Roger Gould

"Mt. Head"
A Yamamura Animation Production
Koji Yamamura

Achievement in visual effects
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (New Line)
Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook and Alex Funke

"Spider-Man" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara and John Frazier

"Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones" (20th Century Fox)
Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow

Adapted screenplay
"About a Boy" (Universal)
Screenplay by Peter Hedges and Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz

"Adaptation" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman

"Chicago" (Miramax)
Screenplay by Bill Condon

"The Hours" (Paramount and Miramax)
Screenplay by David Hare

"The Pianist" (Focus Features)
Screenplay by Ronald Harwood

"The Pianist," an R.P. Productions, Heritage Films, Studio Babelsberg, Runtime LTD. Production (Focus Features)
(7 Nominations)
Adrien Brody - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Costume design
Film editing
Best picture
Adapted screenplay

(This list does not include Short Films or Documentary Short Subjects.)

Picture Distribution Company Nominations
"Chicago" Miramax 13
"Gangs of New York" Miramax 10
"The Hours" Paramount and Miramax 9
"The Pianist" Focus Features 7
"Frida" Miramax 6
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" New Line 6
"Road to Perdition" DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox 6
"Adaptation" Sony Pictures Releasing 4
"Far from Heaven" Focus Features 4
"About Schmidt" New Line 2
"Catch Me If You Can" DreamWorks 2
"Spider-Man" Sony Pictures Releasing 2
"Talk to Her" Sony Pictures Classics 2
Jadwiga Inglis is Special International Correspondent VIP-High Life from Hollywood, California

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