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The Europeans in the race

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The US-UK-Australian coalition's attack on Iraq has put something of a dampener on the landmark 75th edition of the Oscar® scheduled to take place on Sunday 23 March at the Kodak Theatre in L.A.
Three European films were selected for the best foreign language film category: The Man Without A Past [+see also:
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by Finland's Aki Kaurismaki, Nowhere in Africa [+see also:
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by Germany's Caroline Link e Zus & Zo by Holland's Paula van der Oest. They will compete against Mexico's El crimen del padre amaro by Carlos Carrera and Hero by China's Zhang Yimou. Spain's Pedro Almodovar will make film history after being nominated in two important categories for Speak To Her [+see also:
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: best director and best original screenplay.

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To date, the best performing European film is Roman Polanski's The Pianist [+see also:
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, nominated for best film, direction, cinematography, editing, costumes and adapted screenplay.
Italian set designer, Dante Ferretti got his 7th Oscar® nomination for the extraordinary setting he created for Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York while two Londoners, Michael Caine and Daniel Day-Lewis will fight it out for the best actor statuette for, respectively, The Quiet American [+see also:
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and Gangs of New York.
This year's losers are François Ozon and his award-winning 8 Women [+see also:
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and Italy's Roberto Benigni and Pinocchio [+see also:
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, although the latter did do well at the Razzies, with a total of six nominations, including worst film, direction and actor.

ALL THE NOMINATIONS (THE EUROPEANS ARE IN RED)

Best Film
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers
Chicago
Gangs of New York
(Alberto Grimaldi)
Il pianista [+see also:
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 [+see also:
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Best Actor
Jack Nicholson (About Schmidt)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York)
Adrien Brody (The Pianist [+see also:
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)
Michael Caine (The Quiet American)
Nicolas Cage (Adaptation)

Best Actress
Nicole Kidman (
The Hours)
Renée Zellweger (Chicago)
Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven)
Salma Hayek (Frida)
Diane Lane (Unfaithful)

Best Directing

Martin Scorsese (Gangs of New York)
Stephen Daldry (
The Hours)
Rob Marshall (Chicago)
Roman Polanski (
Il pianista)
Pedro Almodóvar (Speak To Her [+see also:
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)

Best Supporting Actor

Chris Cooper (Adaptation)
John C. Reilly (Chicago)
Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can)
Ed Harris (
The Hours)
Paul Newman (Road To Perdition)

Best Supporting Actress
Meryl Streep (Adaptation)
Kathy Bates (About Schmidt)
Queen Latifah e Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago)
Julianne Moore (
The Hours)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Adaptation
(Charlie Kaufman)
The Hours (David Hare)
About a Boy [+see also:
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(Chris and Paul Weitz)
Chicago (Bill Condon)
The Pianist [+see also:
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(Ronald Harwood)

Best Original Screenplay
Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes)
Gangs of New York (Jay Cocks, Kenneth Lonergan, Martin Scorsese, Steve Zaillian)
My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding (Nia Vardalos)
Speak To Her [+see also:
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(Pedro Almodóvar)
Y tu mamá también (Alfonso and Carlos Cuaron).

Best Foreign Film
Il Crimine di padre Amaro by Carlos Carrera (Mexico)
Zus & Zo di Paula van der Oest (Holland)
Nowhere in Africa [+see also:
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di Caroline Link (Germany)
Hero by Zhang Yimou (China)
The Man Without A Past [+see also:
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di Aki Kaurismäki (Finland)

Cinematography
Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Pianist [+see also:
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(Pawel Edelman)
Frida

Art Direction
Chicago
Frida
Gangs of New York
(Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo)
The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers
Road To Perdition

Costume Design
The Hours
Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Pianist [+see also:
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Frida

Editing
Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Hours (Peter Boyle )
The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers
The Pianist [+see also:
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]
(Hervé de Luze)

Make-up
Frida
The Time Machine

Colonna sonora
Catch Me If You Can
Far From Heaven
The Hours
Frida
Road To Perdition

Best Song
Chicago
(I Move On by Fred Ebb)
8 Mile (Lose Yourself by Eminem)
Frida (Burn It Blue by Julie Taymor)
Gangs of New York (The Hands That Built America by U2)
Father and Daughter by Paul Simon)

Best Animated Feature Film
The Ice Age
Lilo & Stitch
Treasure Planet
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Spirited Away

Sound
Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers
Road To Perdition
Spider-Man

Special Visual Effects
The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers
Spider-Ma
n
Star Wars Episode II – The Attack of the Clones

Special Sound Effects
The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers
Road To Perdition
Minority Report

Best Live Action Short Film
Fait d'hiver (BE)
J'attendrai le suivant (FR)
Inja
Johnny Flynton
Der er en yndig mand (DN)

Best Animated Short Film
The Cathedral (PL)
The Cubbcubbs
Das Rad (DE)
Mike's New Car
Mt. Head

Best Documentary Feature
Bowling For Columbine
Daughter From Danang
Prisoner of Paradise
Spellbound
Winged Migration (FR)

Best Documentary Short
The Collector of Bedford Street
Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks
Twin Towers
Why Can't We Be a Family Again?

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