2004 Academy Awards Interview

Several surprise nominations for the 76th annual Academy Awards don't include the expected 11 nods for 'Rings'

Several surprise nominations for the 76th annual Academy Awards don't include the expected 11 nods for 'Rings'

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

The final installment of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy led the Oscar nominations this morning with 11 nods, and the Academy announced a few surprises too, the most notable being the Best Actress nomination of 14-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes for "Whale Rider," a sleeper-hit independent film from Australia about a Maori girl trying to prove her worth as a tribal leader.

Castle-Hughes' nod stirred industry speculation about the marketing campaigns for the films "Thirteen" and "Lost in Translation," both of which featured praised performances from teenage stars (Evan Rachel Wood and Scarlett Johansson, respectively) whose names were getting considerable Oscar buzz -- most of it about how they would be overlooked because of their ages (14 and 19), and about how Focus Features may have blown Johansson's chances by campaigning for her as a supporting actress when she was clearly the film's lead.

Also garnering more notice than expected was "City of God," a Brazilian film released last January about youth gangs in Rio de Janeiro. The film was nominated for Best Directing (by Kátia Lund and Fernando Meirelles), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

The strong showing of Jim Sheridan's immigrant fable "In America," turned some heads as well, with nods for Samantha Morton as Best Actress and Djimon Hounsou as Best Supporting Actor.

Another shock to the Oscar system was the absence of either a Best Picture or Best Director nod for "Cold Mountain," not because the Civil War epic was anything special, but because the marketing juggernaut of Miramax Films hasn't been denied a Best Picture nomination in more than a decade.

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

Best PICTURE
"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
"Lost in Translation"
"Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World"
"Mystic River"
"Seabiscuit"

Early odds on: "Lord of the Rings"

Best DIRECTOR
Sofia Coppola, "Lost in Translation"
Clint Eastwood, "Mystic River"
Peter Jackson, "LOTR: Return of the King"
Kátia Lund & Fernando Meirelles,"City of God"
Peter Weir, "Master & Commander"

Early odds on: Peter Jackson

Best ACTOR
Johnny Depp, "Pirates of the Caribbean"
Ben Kingsley, "House of Sand & Fog"
Jude Law, "Cold Mountain"
Bill Murray, "Lost in Translation"
Sean Penn, "Mystic River"

Early odds: It's between Bill Murray and Sean Penn.

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

Early odds: Theron in a walk.

Best SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, "The Cooler"
Benicio Del Toro, "21 Grams"
Djimon Hounsou, "In America"
Tim Robbins, "Mystic River"
Ken Watanabe, "The Last Samurai"

Early odds on: Tim Robbins.

Best SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Shohreh Aghdashloo, "House of Sand & Fog"
Patricia Clarkson, "Pieces of April"
Marcia Gay Harden, "Mystic River"
Holly Hunter, "Thirteen"
Renee Zellweger, "Cold Mountain"

Early odds on: Zellweger has a slight edge, but it's wide open.

Best ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"The Barbarian Invasions," Denys Arcand
"Dirty Pretty Things," Steve Knight
"Finding Nemo," Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds
"In America," Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan
"Lost in Translation," Sofia Coppola

Early odds on: "Lost in Translation"

Best ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"American Splendor," Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
"City of God,"Bráulio Mantovani
"LOTR: Return of the King," Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh & Philippa Boynes
"Mystic River," Brian Helgeland
"Seabiscuit," Gary Ross

Early odds on: "Return of the King"

Best ANIMATED FEATURE
Animated Feature:
"Brother Bear"
"Finding Nemo"
"The Triplets of Bellville"

Early odds: "Nemo" has it locked up.

Best FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"The Barbarian Invasions" (French Canada)
"Evil" (Sweden)
"The Twilight Samurai" (Japan)
"Twin Sisters" (The Netherlands)
"Zelary" (The Czech Republic)

Early odds on: "The Barbarian Invasions"

Best FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
"Balseros"
"Capturing the Friedmans"
"The Fog of War"
"My Architect"
"The Weather Underground"

Early odds on: "The Fog of War"

Best CINEMATOGRAPHY
"City of God,"
"Cold Mountain"
"Girl With a Pearl Earring"
"Master & Commander"
"Seabiscuit"

Early odds on: "Master & Commander"

Best FILM EDITING
"City of God,"
"Cold Mountain"
"LOTR: Return of the King"
"Master & Commander"
"Seabiscuit"

Early odds on: "Return of the King"

Best SOUND
"The Last Samurai"
"LOTR: Return of the King"
"Master & Commander"
"Pirates of the Caribbean"
"Seabiscuit"

Early odds on: "Master & Commander" or "Return of the King"

Best SOUND EDITING
Finding Nemo
"Master & Commander"
"Pirates of the Caribbean"

Early odds on: "Master & Commander"

Best VISUAL EFFECTS
"LOTR: Return of the King,"
"Master and Commander"
"Pirates of the Caribbean"

Early odds on: "Return of the King"

Best ART DIRECTION
"Girl With a Pearl Earring"
"The Last Samurai"
"LOTR: Return of the King"
"Master & Commander"
"Seabiscuit"

Early odds on: "Return of the King"

Best COSTUME DESIGN
"Girl With a Pearl Earring," Dien van Straalen
"The Last Samurai," Ngila Dickson
"LOTR: Return of the King," Ngila Dickson
"Master & Commander," Wendy Stites
"Seabiscuit," Judianna Makovsky

Early odds on: "Girl" or "King"

Best MAKEUP
Makeup:
"LOTR: Return of the King"
"Master & Commander"
"Pirates of the Caribbean"

Early odds on: It's a dead heat.

Best ORIGINAL SCORE
Danny Elfman, "Big Fish"
Gabriel Yared, "Cold Mountain"
Thomas Newman, "Finding Nemo"
James Horner, "House of Sand & Fog"
Howard Shore, "LOTR: Return of the King"

Early odds on: Shore won for the first "Lord of the Rings" movie, so he's probably out, and that leaves it wide open.

Best ORIGINAL SONG
"Into the West" from "LOTR: Return of the King"
"A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" from "A Mighty Wind"
"Scarlet Tide" from "Cold Mountain"
"The Triplets of Belleville" from "The Triplets of Bellville"
"You Will Be My Ain True Love" from "Cold Mountain"

Early odds on: Who cares?

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