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Oscar Noms Hit Video

27 Jan, 2004 By: Jessica Wolf

The Oscar nominations are out, quick on the heels of the Golden Globes. And this year the Academy will hand out the statuettes in a quick turnaround, with the ceremony scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 29.

Plenty of nominees are already available on video, and several more street shortly before or after the Awards.

Leading the Oscar pack this year is The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, with 11 nominations, including best director, best picture and best adapted screenplay. Tie-ins abound for Return of the King, with the first two installments of the trilogy already firmly ensconced on retail shelves.

Another best picture nominee was right behind Return of the King in nominations: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World garnered a total of 10, mostly in technical categories. Universal Studios Home Video's December video hit Seabiscuit snagged seven nominations, including best picture and best screenplay adaptation, to tie with Cold Mountain's seven nods including best actor for Jude Law and best supporting actress for Renee Zellweger.Lost in Translation, which streets Feb. 3 from Universal, grabbed a best picture nomination, as well as directing and writing for Sofia Coppola and best actor for Bill Murray. Also up for best picture is Mystic River, which garnered six nods including best actor (Sean Penn) best supporting actor (Tim Robbins) and best director (Clint Eastwood).

Commercial hits of the year on both video and in theaters, Buena Vista's Finding Nemo and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl made a strong showing with several nominations each: five for Pirates, including best actor for Johnny Depp, and four for Finding Nemo, including best animated picture of the year. Also up for best animated feature is Buena Vista's Brother Bear, which streets March 30. And Buena Vista's Dirty Pretty Things, which streets March 23, was nominated for best original screenplay.

Diane Keaton is up for best actress for the comedy Something's Gotta Give, which streets March 30 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. She's up against child star and surprise nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes for Whale Rider, which hit video from Columbia TriStar last October.

Supporting actress nominee Patricia Clarkson can be seen in the Feb. 24 release for Pieces of April from MGM Home Entertainment. Her competition includes Holly Hunter in Thirteen, which hit stores today from Fox Home Entertainment.

Up for best documentary is Capturing the Friedmans, which also streeted today from Warner Home Video.

For a complete list of this year's Academy Award nominees visit www.oscar.com

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