February 13, 2001
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - ``Gladiator,'' Hollywood's high-tech
return to the glories of Rome, led Academy Awards contenders
Tuesday with 12 nominations, including best picture, actor and
Tiger, Hidden Dragon,'' the Mandarin-language martial arts
epic, was close behind with 10 nominations, including best
picture and best director. The other best-picture nominees
were the French romance ``Chocolat,'' the legal drama ``Erin
Brockovich'' and the gritty drug-war saga ``Traffic.''
Soderbergh had two directing nominations, for ``Erin Brockovich''
and ``Traffic.'' That's the first time that's happened since
1938, when director Michael Curtiz was nominated for both
``Angels With Dirty Faces'' and ``Four Daughters.'' (Curtiz
lost to Frank Capra, who directed ``You Can't Take It With
director nominees were Stephen Daldry for ``Billy Elliot,''
Ang Lee for ``Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'' and Ridley
Scott for ``Gladiator.''
directing several English-language movies, Lee said he was
delighted to see Western audiences embrace ``Crouching Tiger,
was supposed to be my homecoming project,'' said the Taiwanese-born
Lee. ``I'm really taking to heart how this film is performing
Tiger, Hidden Dragon'' is only the third film to earn both
best-picture and foreign-language film nominations. The others
were ``Life Is Beautiful'' in 1998 and ``Z'' in 1969. Last
weekend, ``Crouching Tiger'' hit $60 million and passed ``Life
is Beautiful'' as the domestic box-office champ among foreign-language
best picture, ``Gladiator,'' the first Roman spectacle since
the genre fell out of favor in the 1960s, grabbed nominations
for actor Russell Crowe and supporting actor Joaquin Phoenix.
Hans Zimmer's score was nominated, and the computer wizardry
Scott's crew used to recreate ancient Rome was named for visual
with Crowe, the actor nominees were Javier Bardem for ``Before
Night Falls,'' a film biography of Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas;
Tom Hanks as a man stranded on an island in ``Cast Away'';
Ed Harris for ``Pollock,'' a film biography of abstract painter
Jackson Pollock; and Geoffrey Rush as the asylum-bound Marquis
de Sade in ``Quills.''
has won two Oscars, and Rush has one.
nominees were Joan Allen as a vice-presidential nominee in
``The Contender''; Juliette Binoche as an itinerant chocolatier
in ``Chocolat''; Ellen Burstyn as a diet-pill addict in ``Requiem
for a Dream''; Laura Linney as a sister coping with her prodigal
brother in ``You Can Count On Me'' and Julia Roberts as a
tart-tongued legal aide in ``Erin Brockovich.''
and Burstyn are past Oscar winners.
ago, if someone told me I'd be getting this, I wouldn't believe
it,'' said Linney, a first-time nominee. ``This is a huge,
huge thing for me. I just feel so damn good.''
for a best-actress nomination was Icelandic pop singer Bjork,
who made her film debut in the dark musical ``Dancer in the
Dark.'' Bjork did score a nomination for best song, ``I've
Seen It All,'' which she co-wrote.
song category was heavy on big names, including Bob Dylan
for ``Things Have Changed'' from ``Wonder Boys.'' The nominees
also included Sting and David Hartley for ``My Funny Friend
and Me'' from ``The Emperor's New Groove'' and Randy Newman
for ``A Fool in Love'' from ``Meet the Parents.'' Also nominated
was ``A Love Before Time'' from ``Crouching Tiger.''
Phoenix, supporting-actor slots went to Jeff Bridges as a
flamboyant president in ``The Contender''; Willem Dafoe as
the undead Nosferatu in ``Shadow of the Vampire''; Benicio
Del Toro as a Mexican drug cop in ``Traffic''; and Albert
Finney as a pugnacious attorney in ``Erin Brockovich.''
actress, the nominees were Judi Dench as a cranky grandmother
in ``Chocolat''; Marcia Gay Harden as the painter's wife in
``Pollock''; Kate Hudson as a '70s rock disciple and Frances
McDormand as an obsessive mother in ``Almost Famous,'' and
Julie Walters as a disillusioned ballet teacher in ``Billy
and McDormand both have won Oscars.
Famous,'' which had emerged as a solid candidate for a best-picture
nomination, was shut out in that category, and director Cameron
Crowe also failed to get a nod. Besides its two supporting-actress
nominations, the movie earned a nomination for Crowe's original
screenplay and for film editing.
always a scrappy Oscar campaigner, pulled out a best-picture
nomination for ``Chocolat,'' considered something of a longshot.
Miramax's past Oscar successes include ``The English Patient''
``Shakespeare in Love,'' ``Life is Beautiful'' and last year's
``The Cider House Rules''
with ``Crouching Tiger,'' nominees for best foreign language
film were ``Amores Perros'' from Mexico, ``Divided We Fall''
from the Czech Republic, ``Everybody Famous'' from Belgium
and ``The Taste of Others'' from France.
in most of the 23 categories are chosen by specific branches
of the 5,300-member academy, such as actors, directors and
film editors. Contenders in some categories, including documentaries
and foreign-language films, are selected by committees.
members can vote for best-picture nominees. The full academy
also is eligible to vote in all categories for the awards
will be presented March 25 in a live broadcast on ABC-TV from
the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Martin will be host for the ceremony, taking over from Billy
Crystal, who has been master of ceremonies for seven of the
last eight Oscar shows.
Laurentiis, whose credits include ``Hannibal'' and ``Serpico,''
will receive the Irving G. Thalberg award, presented to producers
whose work reflects ``consistently high quality.''