The Aviator will lead the way at THE 77TH ANNUAL Academy Awards with 11 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Martin Scorsese and Best Actor for LEONARDO DiCAPRIO.

The Howard Hughes biopic is also up for OSCARs in the Best Supporting Actor (Alan Alda) and Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett) categories at the 27 February (05) ceremony at Hollywood's Kodak Theater.

Other films with multiple nominations include Finding Neverland, which has nine, while Clint Eastwood movie Million Dollar Baby has received seven nods, including two for Eastwood in both the directing and acting categories.

The nominations, which were announced in Hollywood this morning (25JAN05), saw former stand-up comedian Jamie Foxx mentioned twice, as Best Actor for his performance as blind musician Ray Charles in RAY and as Best Supporting Actor in COLLATERAL.

The Best Director category is a stand-off between hot favourite Scorsese for The Aviator, Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby, Mike Leigh for Vera Drake, Alexander Payne for SIDEWAYS and Taylor Hackford for Ray.

Eastwood, Foxx, Don Cheadle, Johnny Depp and LEONARDO DiCAPRIO are the five actors battling it out for Best Actor.

The Best Actress award will be picked up either Annette Bening, CATALINA SANDINO MORENO, Imelda Staunton, Hilary Swank or Kate Winslet.

The nominations for the 77th Annual ACADEMY AWARDS are:

Best Picture:

THE AVIATOR

FINDING NEVERLAND

MILLION DOLLAR BABY

RAY

SIDEWAYS

Best Director:

MARTIN SCORSESE - THE AVIATOR

CLINT EASTWOOD - MILLION DOLLAR BABY

TAYLOR HACKFORD - RAY

ALEXANDER PAYNE - SIDEWAYS

MIKE LEIGH - VERA DRAKE

Best Actor:

DON CHEADLE - HOTEL RWANDA

JOHNNY DEPP - FINDING NEVERLAND

LEONARDO DICAPRIO - THE AVIATOR

CLINT EASTWOOD - MILLION DOLLAR BABY

JAMIE FOXX - RAY

Best Actress:

ANNETTE BENING - BEING JULIA

CATALINA SANDINO MORENO - MARIA FULL OF GRACE

IMELDA STAUNTON - VERA DRAKE

HILARY SWANK - MILLION DOLLAR BABY

KATE WINSLET - ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

Best Supporting Actor:

ALAN ALDA - THE AVIATOR

THOMAS HADEN CHURCH - SIDEWAYS

JAMIE FOXX - COLLATERAL

MORGAN FREEMAN - MILLION DOLLAR BABY

CLIVE OWEN - CLOSER

Best Supporting Actress:

CATE BLANCHETT - THE AVIATOR

LAURA LINNEY - KINSEY

VIRGINIA MADSEN - SIDEWAYS

SOPHIE OKONEDO - HOTEL RWANDA

NATALIE PORTMAN - CLOSER

Best Animated Feature Film:

The Incredibles

Shark Tale

Shrek 2

Best Foreign Language Film:

AS IT IS IN HEAVEN (Sweden) The Chorus (France) DOWNFALL (Germany) The Sea Inside (Spain)

YESTERDAY

25/01/2005 14:56