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Stiff competition but few big surprises in 2001 Oscar nominees

Stiff competition but few big surprises in 2001 Oscar nominees

"Gladiator" slayed 'em at the pre-dawn announcement of the 73rd Academy Award nominations on February 13rd. The epic sandal opera was nominated for 12 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

Historical swordplay was the order of the day, as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" garnered 10 nods, including ones for Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay. The Taiwanese martial arts romance surpassed "Life Is Beautiful" as the highest grossing foreign language film in US history this weekend and it's still gathering steam, climbing to the No. 4 position at the box office in its 10th week in release.

Director Steven Soderbergh will compete against himself in two categories as his films "Erin Brockovich" and "Traffic" have booth been nominated for Best Director and Best Picture. Julia Roberts was nominated for Best Actress for "Brockovich," a nod that has been anticipated since the film opened in March. "Brockovich" received five nominations, as did the Juliette Binoche romance "Chocolat."

Here the complete list of this year's Oscar nominees:

Best PICTURE
"Chocolat"
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
"Erin Brockovich"
"Gladiator"
"Traffic"

Early odds: The race is between "Gladiator" and "Erin Brockovich"

Best DIRECTOR
Steven Daldry, "Billy Elliot"
Ang Lee, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
Ridley Scott, "Gladiator"
Steven Soderbergh, "Erin Brockovich"
Steven Soderbergh, "Traffic"

Early odds on: Soderbergh for "Brockovich"

Best ACTOR
Javier Bardem, "Before Night Falls"
Russell Crowe, "Gladiator"
Ed Harris, "Pollock"
Geoffrey Rush, "Quills"
Tom Hanks, "Cast Away"

Early odds: Rush vs. Crowe

Best ACTRESS
Joan Allen, "The Contender"
Juliette Binoche, "Chocolat"
Julia Roberts, "Erin Brockovich"
Ellen Burstyn, "Requiem for a Dream"
Laura Linney, "You Can Count On Me"

Early odds on: Roberts. It's a lock.

Best SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jeff Bridges, "The Contender"
Willem Dafoe, "Shadow of the Vampire"
Benicio Del Toro, "Traffic"
Albert Finney, "Erin Brockovich"
Joaquin Phoenix, "Gladiator"

Early odds: It's a three-way race between Dafoe, Del Toro, Finney

Best SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Judi Dench, "Chocolat"
Marcia Gay Harden, "Pollock"
Kate Hudson, "Almost Famous"
Frances McDormand, "Almost Famous"
Julie Walters, "Billy Elliot"

Early odds: Dench or McDormand - but it's a toss-up.

Best ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"Almost Famous," Cameron Crowe
"Billy Elliot," Lee Hall
"Erin Brockovich," Susannah Grant
"Gladiator", David H. Franzoni
"You Can Count On Me," Kenneth Lonergan

Early odds on: "Almost Famous"

Best ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"Chocolat," Robert Nelson Jacobs
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," Hui-Ling Wang, James Schamus, Kuo Jung Tsai
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?," Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
"Traffic," Stephen Gaghan
"Wonder Boys," Steve Kloves

Early odds on: "Chocolat" is the only one out for sure. But "Tiger" looks good.

Best CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
"Gladiator"
"Malena"
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
"The Patriot"

Early odds on: "Crouching Tiger..."

Best EDITING
"Almost Famous"
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
"Gladiator"
"Traffic"
"Wonder Boys"

Early odds on: "Traffic" (it effortlessly juggles so many stories)

Best SOUND
"Cast Away"
"Gladiator"
"The Patriot"
"The Perfect Storm"
"U-571"

Early odds on: "Gladiator," "Storm" or "U-571"

Best SOUND EDITING
"Space Cowboys"
"U-571"

Early odds: Even

Best VISUAL EFFECTS
"Gladiator"
"Hollow Man"
"The Perfect Storm"

Early odds on: "Perfect Storm" can't be beat.

Best ART DIRECTION
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
"Gladiator"
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
"Quills"
"Vatel"

Early odds on: "Crouching Tiger..."

Best COSTUMES
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
"Gladiator"
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
"102 Dalmatians"
"Quills"

Early odds on: "Quills"

Best MAKEUP
"The Cell"
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
"Shadow of the Vampire"

Early odds on: "Shadow"

Best FOREIGN LANGUAGE film
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (Taiwan)
"Amores Perros" (Mexico)
"Divided We Fall" (Czech Republic)
"Everybody Famous" (Belgium)
"A Taste of Others" (France)

Early odds on: "Crouching Tiger." Bet the farm.

Best DOCUMENTARY
"Into the Arms of Strangers"
"Legacy"
"Long Day's Journey Into Night"
"Scottsboro"
"Sound and Fury"

Early odds on: "Into the Arms..."

Best SCORE
"Chocolat"
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
"Gladiator"
"Malena"
"The Patriot"

Early odds: "Malena" or "Tiger"

Best ORIGINAL SONG
"A Fool for Love" from "Meet the Parents"
"I've Seen It All" from "Dancer in the Dark"
"A Love Before Time" from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
"My Funny Friend and Me" from "The Emperor's New Groove"
"Things Have Changed" from "Wonder Boys"

Early odds: Ahh, who cares?

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