Scorsese And Eastwood Fight For Top Oscars Again

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Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood are squaring off once again at the 79th Academy Awards - both legends have picked up Best Director nominations while their movies THE DEPARTED and LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA are in competition for Best Picture. The Departed and Letters From Iwo Jima are up against BABEL, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and THE QUEEN in the Best Picture category.
The nominees for Best Director are Scorsese for The Departed, Eastwood for Letters From Iwo Jima, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Babel, Stephen Frears for The Queen and Paul Greengrass for UNITED 93.
At the 2005 Oscars, Scorsese's The Aviator lost out in the Best Director and Best Picture categories to Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby.
DREAMGIRLS has the most nominations with eight nods including Best Supporting Actor for Eddie Murphy and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Hudson.
The nominations for Best Actor are Leonardo Dicaprio for BLOOD DIAMOND, Ryan Gosling for HALF NELSON, PETER O'TOOLE for VENUS, Will Smith for THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS and Forest Whitaker for THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND.
O'Toole's nomination is his eighth, although he has never won. He was named the recipient of a Special Oscar For Lifetime Achievement in 2003.
The Best Actress nominees are Penelope Cruz for VOLVER, DAME Judi Dench for NOTES ON A SCANDAL, DAME Helen Mirren for THE QUEEN, Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada and Kate Winslet for LITTLE CHILDREN.
The ceremony will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on 25 February (07).
The full list of nominees for the 79th Annual Academy Awards is as follows:

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role:
LEONARDO DICAPRIO - BLOOD DIAMOND
RYAN GOSLING - HALF NELSON
PETER O'TOOLE - VENUS
WILL SMITH - THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
FOREST WHITAKER - THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role:
ALAN ARKIN - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
JACKIE EARLE HALEY - LITTLE CHILDREN
DJIMON HOUNSOU - BLOOD DIAMOND
EDDIE MURPHY - DREAMGIRLS
MARK WAHLBERG - THE DEPARTED
Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role:

PENELOPE CRUZ - VOLVER
JUDI DENCH - NOTES ON A SCANDAL
HELEN MIRREN - THE QUEEN
MERYL STREEP - THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
KATE WINSLET - LITTLE CHILDREN

Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role:
ADRIANA BARRAZA - BABEL
CATE BLANCHETT - NOTES ON A SCANDAL
ABIGAIL BRESLIN - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
JENNIFER HUDSON - DREAMGIRLS
RINKO KIKUCHI - BABEL

Best Animated Feature Film Of The Year:
CARS
HAPPY FEET
MONSTER HOUSE

Achievement In Art Direction:
DREAMGIRLS
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
PAN'S LABYRINTH
Pirates Of The Caribbean: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
THE PRESTIGE

Achievement In Cinematography:
The Black Dahlia
CHILDREN OF MEN
THE ILLUSIONIST
PAN'S LABYRINTH
THE PRESTIGE

Achievement In Costume Design:
CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
DREAMGIRLS
MARIE ANTOINETTE
THE QUEEN

Achievement In Directing:
ALEJANDRO GONZLEZ INARRITU - BABEL
MARTIN SCORSESE - THE DEPARTED
CLINT EASTWOOD - LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
STEPHEN FREARS - THE QUEEN
PAUL GREENGRASS - UNITED 93

Best Documentary Feature:
DELIVER US FROM EVIL
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS
JESUS CAMP
MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY

Best Documentary Short Subject:
THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT
RECYCLED LIFE
REHEARSING A DREAM
Two Hands

Achievement In Film Editing:
BABEL
BLOOD DIAMOND
CHILDREN OF MEN
THE DEPARTED
UNITED 93

Best Foreign Language Film Of The Year:
AFTER THE WEDDING
DAYS OF GLORY (INDIGENES)
THE LIVES OF OTHERS
PAN'S LABYRINTH
Water

Achievement In Make-Up:
APOCALYPTO
CLICK
PAN'S LABYRINTH

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Score):
BABEL
THE GOOD GERMAN
NOTES ON A SCANDAL
PAN'S LABYRINTH
THE QUEEN

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song):
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
DREAMGIRLS
DREAMGIRLS
CARS
DREAMGIRLS

Best Motion Picture:
BABEL
THE DEPARTED
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
THE QUEEN

Best Animated Short Film:
THE DANISH POET
LIFTED
THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL
Maestro
NO TIME FOR NUTS

Best Live Action Short Film:
BINTA AND THE GREAT IDEA (BINTA Y LA GRAN IDEA)
ERAMOS POCOS (ONE TOO MANY)
HELMER + SON
THE SAVIOUR
WEST BANK STORY

Achievement In Sound Editing:
APOCALYPTO
BLOOD DIAMOND
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST

Achievement In Sound Mixing:
APOCALYPTO
BLOOD DIAMOND
DREAMGIRLS
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST

Achievement In Visual Effects:
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
POSEIDON
SUPERMAN RETURNS

Adapted Screenplay:
BORAT CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN
CHILDREN OF MEN
THE DEPARTED
LITTLE CHILDREN
NOTES ON A SCANDAL

Original Screenplay:
BABEL
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
PAN'S LABYRINTH
THE QUEEN.


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