The 76th Academy Awards look set to be dominated by The Lord Of The Rings: THE RETURN OF THE KING and Lost In Translation after the nominations were announced today (27JAN04).

The two films both got nods in the Best Film and Best Director categories, and featured heavily in other shortlists with eleven nods for the peter JACKSON-directed epic and four major nominations for Sofia Coppola's romantic comedy.

Other contenders for the Best Film include Master And Commander: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD, Mystic River and Seabiscuit.

In the Best Actor category, Master and Commander star Russell Crowe will battle it out with Pirates Of The Caribbean: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL star Johnny Depp, Lost In Translation's Bill Murray, MYSTIC RIVER's Sean Penn, HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG star Ben Kingsley and Cold Mountain's Jude Law.

The ANTHONY MINGHELLA-directed romantic epic was largely snubbed in the major categories however, having been left off the Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay shortlists. Favoured Nicole Kidman did not receive a Best Actress nomination.

Instead, SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE star Diane Keaton will go up against MONSTER star Charlize Theron, 21 GRAMS's Naomi Watts, In America star SAMANTHA MORTON and WHALERIDER actress Keisha Castle-Hughes, who is the youngest actress ever to be nominated in the category at the age 13.

The glitzy ceremony will take place on 29 February (04) at the Los Angeles KODAK THEATER.

A full list of nominations:

Best Picture:

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

LOST IN TRANSLATION

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

MYSTIC RIVER

SEABISCUIT

Directing:

KATIA LUND and FERNANDO MEIRELLES - City of God

PETER JACKSON - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

SOFIA COPPOLA - LOST IN TRANSLATION

PETER WEIR - MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

CLINT EASTWOOD - MYSTIC RIVER

Actor in a Leading Role:

JOHNNY DEPP - PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE 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

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

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

RENEE ZELLWEGER - COLD MOUNTAIN

Writing (Adapted Screenplay):

American Splendor

CITY OF GOD

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

MYSTIC RIVER

SEABISCUIT

Writing (Original Screenplay):

THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS

Dirty Pretty Things

Finding Nemo

IN AMERICA

LOST IN TRANSLATION

Animated Feature Film:

BROTHER BEAR

FINDING NEMO

THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE

Foreign Language Film

THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS

EVIL

THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI

TWIN SISTERS

ZELARY

Makeup:

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL

Music (Score):

BIG FISH - DANNY ELFMAN

COLD MOUNTAIN - GABRIEL YARED

FINDING NEMO - THOMAS NEWMAN

HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG - JAMES HORNER

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING - HOWARD SHORE

Music (Song):

A KISS AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW - A MIGHTY WIND (Michael McKean + ANNETTE O'TOOLE)

SCARLET TIDE - COLD MOUNTAIN (T BONE BURNETT + Elvis Costello)

THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE - THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE (BENIOT CHAREST + SYLVIAN CHOMET)

YOU WILL BE MY AIN TRUE LOVE - COLD MOUNTAIN (Sting)

YOU WILL BE MY AIN TRUE LOVE - COLD MOUNTAIN

28/01/2004 17:23