THE AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR
WILL DICAPRIO GRAB THE AWARD?
Hollywood heart-throb Leonardo DiCaprio has been talking about the affect his latest film Blood Diamond has had on him. set in Sierra Leone, the film charts the effects of the brutal diamond trade that has killed millions across Africa.
And its Portrayal has made DiCaprio-who stars as Danny Archer, A South African mercenary in pursuit of a rare pink diamond that could transform his life-think twice about where he buys his diamonds from in the future, reports contact music.
"If I were to ever buy a diamond again, I would certainly make sure that they a way to prove to me that it didn't come from a conflict area," he said .. Meanwhile, the film seems to be having a beneficial impact not only on DiCaprio but also on the film industry, which has given the movie numerous awards nominations.
It has picked up five Oscar nominations. DiCaprio, 32, has been nominated for best Actor in the African drama and his co-star Djimom Hounsou has bagged the top nod for best actor in a supporting role and Blood Diamond is also in the running for best achievement in film editing and sound mixing and editing.
THE AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
CRUZ NOMINATED FOR BEST ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz became the first Spanish actress to be nominated as Best Actress for an Oscar which will be presented on February 25.
Cruz, 32, played the leading role in the most recent film Volver directed by Pedro Almodovar and was nominated for her performance in it.
However, Volver will not complete for an Oscar for the Best Foreign Film, local press said on Tuesday.
Cruz will have to defeat some other candidates to win the prize: British actresses Helen Mirren for her role in the Queen, Judy Dench for notes on a Scandal and Kate Winslet for Little Children. Cruz's role in Volver is considered her best performance.
Her character, Raimunda, is an uneducated woman who faces life and death with kindness and limitless vitality. has been nominated for or has own several prizes related to Cannes Festival, the European Film Academy, the British BAFTA prize, the Spanish Goya prize, the Golden Globe and the Oscar.
THE AWARD FOR BEST PICTURE
BABEL'S BRAD PITT BLABBERS ABOUT STRIPPERS
Babel which stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett received seven nominations including two for best supporting actresses.
Recently, Pitt said that he owed his career to strippers. The Babel star used to work as personal chauffeur to a strip group women of the pole who introduced him to famous acting coach Roy London. Brad said if he hadn't met London he would never have made it in Hollywood.
"Strippers changed my life." However, Pitt did not land a nomination for the Best Actor Award this year.
THE AWARD FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM
DEEPA MEHTA'S WATER IN FINAL FIVE
India-born director Deepa Mehta's Film WATER was on Tuesday selected among the final five Oscar award nominations for Best Foreign language category.
Water, set in pre-independence India and focusing on the travails of Hindu widows, was Canada's official entry to the conveted awards.
For Indian buffs, the Hindi-language film's inclusion would be some consolation after India's official entry, Rang De Basanti, did not make it to the competition.
The winner will be announced at a glittering ceremony February 25 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Achievement in Directing
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Best Achievement in Cinematography
The Black Dahlia (2006): Vilmos Zsigmond
Children of Men (2006): Emmanuel Lubezki
The Illusionist (2006): Dick Pope
Laberinto del Fauno, El (2006): Guillermo Navarro
The Prestige (2006): Wally Pfister
Best Achievement in Editing
Babel (2006): Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
Blood Diamond (2006): Steven Rosenblum
Children of Men (2006): Alfonso Cuarón, Alex Rodríguez
The Departed (2006): Thelma Schoonmaker
United 93 (2006): Clare Douglas, Richard Pearson, Christopher Rouse
Best Achievement in Art Direction
Dreamgirls (2006): John Myhre, Nancy Haigh
The Good Shepherd (2006): Jeannine Claudia Oppewall, Gretchen Rau, Leslie E. Rollins
Laberinto del Fauno, El (2006): Eugenio Caballero, Pilar Revuelta
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006): Rick Heinrichs, Cheryl Carasik
The Prestige (2006): Nathan Crowley, Julie Ochipinti
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006): Chung Man Yee
The Devil Wears Prada (2006): Patricia Field
Dreamgirls (2006): Sharen Davis
Marie Antoinette (2006): Milena Canonero
The Queen (2006): Consolata Boyle
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Babel (2006): Gustavo Santaolalla
The Good German (2006): Thomas Newman
Notes on a Scandal (2006): Philip Glass
Laberinto del Fauno, El (2006): Javier Navarrete
The Queen (2006): Alexandre Desplat
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
An Inconvenient Truth (2006): Melissa Etheridge("I Need To Wake Up")
Dreamgirls (2006): Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler, Anne Preven("Listen")
Dreamgirls (2006): Henry Krieger, Siedah Garrett("Love You I Do")
Cars (2006): Randy Newman("Our Town")
Dreamgirls (2006): Henry Krieger, Willie Reale("Patience")
Best Achievement in Makeup
Apocalypto (2006): Aldo Signoretti, Vittorio Sodano
Click (2006/I): Kazuhiro Tsuji, Bill Corso
Laberinto del Fauno, El (2006): David Martí, Montse Ribé
Best Achievement in Sound
Apocalypto (2006): Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell, Fernando Cámara
Blood Diamond (2006): Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Ivan Sharrock
Dreamgirls (2006): Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer, Willie D. Burton
Flags of Our Fathers (2006): John T. Reitz, David E. Campbell, Gregg Rudloff, Walt Martin
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006): Paul Massey, Christopher Boyes, Lee Orloff
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Apocalypto (2006): Sean McCormack, Kami Asgar
Blood Diamond (2006): Lon Bender
Flags of Our Fathers (2006): Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006): Alan Robert Murray
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006): George Watters II, Christopher Boyes
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006): John Knoll, Hal T. Hickel, Charles Gibson, Allen Hall
Poseidon (2006): Boyd Shermis, Kim Libreri, Chas Jarrett, John Frazier
Superman Returns (2006): Mark Stetson, Richard R. Hoover, Neil Corbould, Jon Thum
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Cars (2006): John Lasseter
Happy Feet (2006): George Miller
Monster House (2006): Gil Kenan
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Efter brylluppet (2006)(Denmark)
Laberinto del Fauno, El (2006)(Mexico)
Leben der Anderen, Das (2006)(Germany)
Best Documentary, Features
Deliver Us from Evil (2006): Amy Berg, Frank Donner
An Inconvenient Truth (2006): Davis Guggenheim
Iraq in Fragments (2006): James Longley, Yahya Sinno
Jesus Camp (2006): Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
My Country My Country (2006): Laura Poitras, Jocelyn Glatzer
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
The Blood of Yingzhou District (2006): Ruby Yang, Thomas Lennon
Recycled Life (2006): Leslie Iwerks, Mike Glad
Rehearsing a Dream: Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon
Two Hands: Nathaniel Kahn, Susan Rose Behr
Best Short Film, Animated
The Danish Poet (2006): Torill Kove
Lifted (2006): Gary Rydstrom
The Little Matchgirl (2006): Roger Allers, Don Hahn
Maestro (2006): Géza M. Tóth
No Time for Nuts (2006): Chris Renaud, Mike Thurmeier
Best Short Film, Live Action
Binta y la gran idea (2004): Javier Fesser, Luis Manso
Éramos pocos (2005): Borja Cobeaga
Helmer & Son: Søren Pilmark, Kim Magnusson
The Saviour (2005): Peter Templeman, Stuart Parkyn
West Bank Story (2005): Ari Sandel