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And the Nominees Are...

Aired February 11, 2003 - 08:37   ET

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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Very exciting early morning here in Beverly Hills. We're less than a minute away. We just got the announcement. As we listen in for those announcements, let's go ahead take a look forward at what you might hear. Ten of the 25 categories will be announced live. You'll see Marisa Tomei, an Oscar winner herself, making the announcement.
Some of the big movies to watch for, "Chicago," a huge movie, considered part of the return of the musicals. We're hearing 30 seconds. Speaking of time, a movie called "The Hours," also big, with three great performances by three incredible actresses, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep. Meryl Streep could be a big story here. Right now, she is tied with Katharine Hepburn for most nominations ever. She could get two nominations today. Eight seconds away.

Here are the nominations for the 2003 Academy Awards.

FRANK PIERSON, ACADEMY PRESIDENT: Good morning. I'm Frank Pierson, president of the academy. Before we reveal the nominees for the 75th Annual Academy Awards, I'd like to introduce my co-announcer this morning. Please welcome the Oscar-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

(APPLAUSE)

MARISA TOMEI, ACTRESS: Thank you, Frank.

Good morning, everyone.

PIERSON: The 2002 nominees for best performance by an actress in a supporting role are Kathy Bates in "About Schmidt," Julianne Moore in "The Hours," Queen Latifah in "Chicago," Meryl Streep in "Adaptation" and Catherine Zeta-Jones in "Chicago" -- Marisa.

TOMEI: Thank you.

For best performance I by an actor in a supporting role, the nominees are Chris Cooper in "Adaptation," Ed Harris in "The Hours," Paul Newman in "The Road to Perdition," John C. Riley in "Chicago," and Christopher Walken in "Catch Me if You Can."

PIERSON: For best performance by an actress in a leading role, the nominees are Salma Hayek in "Frida," Nicole Kidman in "The Hours," Diane Lane in "Unfaithful," Julianne Moore in "Far From Heaven," and Renee Zellweger in "Chicago."

TOMEI: The nominees for best performance by an actor in a leading role are Adrien Brody in "The Pianist," Nicolas Cage in "Adaptation," Michael Caine in "The Quiet American," Daniel Day Louis in "Gangs of New York," and Jack Nicholson in "About Schmidt."

PIERSON: In the category of best achievement in directing, Rob Marshall for "Chicago," Martin Scorsese for "Gangs of New York," Steven Daldry for "The Hours," Roman Polanski for "The Pianist," and Pedro Almodovar in "Talk to Her."

TOMEI: For best original screenplay, the nominees are "Far From Heaven," Todd Haynes, "Gangs of New York," Jay Cox, Steve Zailian and Kenneth Lonergan, "My Big Fat Greek wedding," Nia Vardalos, "Talk to Her," Pedro Almodavor, and "Y Tu Mama Tambein," Carlos Cuaron and Alfonso Cuaron.

PIERSON: For adapted screenplay, we have "About a Boy," Peter Hedges, Chris Weiss and Paul Weiss, "Adaptation," Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman, "Chicago," Bill Condon, and "The Hours," Dave Hare, and "The Pianist," Ronald Harwood.

TOMEI: For best language foreign film we have "The Crime of Father Amaro," Mexico, "Hero," Peoples' Republic of China, "The Man Without a Past," Finland, "Nowhere in Africa," Germany, and "Zus and Zo," the Netherlands.

PIERSON: For best animated feature film, the nominees are "Ice Age," Chris Wedge, "Lilo and Stitch," Chris Sanders, "Spirit: The Stallion of the Cimarron," Jeffrey Katzenberg, "Spirited Away," Hayao Miazaki, and "Treasure Planet," Ron Clements.

TOMEI: And finally, I'm pleased to announce that the film selected as the best picture nominees for 2002 are "Chicago," Martin Richards, producer, "Gangs of New York," Alberto Grimaldi and Harvey Weinstein producers, "The Hours," Scott Rudeen (ph) and Robert Fox producers, "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," Barry M. Osborne, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson producers, and "The Pianist" Roman Polanski, Robert Benmusa (ph) and Aland Sard (ph) producers.

PIERSON: We'll open envelopes on Sunday, March 23rd. And for those of you on the East Coast, here's a presidential promise, you'll know the best picture winner before the clock strikes 12:00. We'll see you then. Thank you.

KAGAN: Well, you heard that, they're promising it won't be too long of an evening. But let Oscar season officially begin. The big story, of courser, "Chicago," coming with the most nominations, 13 nominations for that musical, also, Meryl Streep getting the nomination for best supporting actress, that makes 13 nominations for her. That is the most ever by a single actor.

And also interesting in the director category, Paula, two notes. Martin Scorsese, he's been nominated four times before. Martin Scorcese has never won an Academy Award. We'll see if he can pull it out with "Gangs of New York."

Also a very interesting story to watch, Roman Polanski, very respected as a director, but of course has a very controversial past, fled this country 25 years ago after being convicted of having sex with a minor, never to return. Will he come to the awards? He'll have to work out his legal problems if indeed does that. The awards, as you heard, March 23rd.

We're hearing they plan to go ahead with the awards whether America is at war or not.

Back to you.

ZAHN: And you will be there on Oscar night and Oscar morning, right?

KAGAN: That is the intention. If I'm not in Kuwait, I will be right here.

ZAHN: We look forward to your coverage. Thanks, Daryn.

Leah Rosen is here from "People" magazine to give us her take on the surprises and the snubs and all of that. First of all, right off the bat, who got snubbed here, anybody?

LEAH ROSEN, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: I think snubbed -- I'm -- no Richard Gere, he didn't get best actor nomination.

ZAHN: After he had gotten the Golden Globe Award.

ROSEN: Won the Golden Globe.

ZAHN: Sometime is a precursor to this.

ROSEN: Exactly, and given that "Chicago" did so well, and he wasn't nominated. And no Jackson, director of "Lord of the Rings" didn't get a best director nomination.

ZAHN: Let's go back to categories one by one, for best actress category, the names we would expect to hear, although Salma Hayek was on that list, and that was not all but certain, right?

ROSEN: She was the one that you knew, was she going to get it, was Nia Vardalos going to slip in from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding?" But Salma Hayek won it. The rest were pretty much expected.

ZAHN: And let's move on to the best actor category. Any surprises here?

ROSEN: I think...

ZAHN: Other than Richard Gere.

ROSEN: That Richard Gere didn't get nominated.

Otherwise, it's pretty much the way you figured it was going to go. The race is probably between Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis.

ZAHN: And why do you see that? Why not Adrien Brody? ROSEN: Adrien Brody's phenomenal. He's phenomenal in the film. And you know, it's one of those things where you'll know where the momentum's going in a couple of weeks. But I think right now, the strong contenders are Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis, based on the awards that have already been handed out by the Golden Globes, by the various critics groups.

ZAHN: Let's move on to best supporting actress now.

ROSEN: Best supporting actress, let's see, I'm flipping my sheet over here. Kathy Bates, very strong contender. Julianne Moore is sort of in some ways competing against herself. She's a supporting actress nomination for "The Hours" and a best actress for "Far From Heaven." So you wonder how that will affect her.

ZAHN: Is she the only one that got two nominations?

ROSEN: She got two nominations. Meryl Streep got stiffed on best actress. She was up for "The Hours" and didn't get it. She got one here for supporting for "Adaptation," and is a strong contender. If she wins, I think she is the winningest actress ever.

ZAHN: Wow.

ROSEN: Or she's at least the most nominated.

ZAHN: Yes, close to it. Best supporting actor category now?

ROSEN: Best supporting actors, strong contenders are Chris Cooper, Ed Harris has to be a strong contender. Paul Newman would be the sentimental favorite.

ZAHN: That was the only nomination for "Road to Perdition," isn't it, which I just saw and thought was very powerful.

ROSEN: I really liked that film, but I think what happened here is you had a film that opened in the summer, and most of the stuff is late holiday openings.

ZAHN: Why didn't they load it up late?

ROSEN: How many movies can you open in December? They already opened up too many.

ZAHN: That's true. Let's go to the best picture category, "Chicago," "Gangs of New York," "The Hours," "Lord of the Rings," "The Pianist."

ROSEN: Strong field this year, and a lot of different things. I think the momentum has to be with "Chicago" right now.

ZAHN: Why do you say that, because of the campaign by Miramax?

ROSEN: Because I think, you know, a musical hasn't won since 1969. That was during the Vietnam War. You got to think the country's looking for something different during times of trouble. ZAHN: And the best director category. Roman Polanski did indeed make the last after much controversial debate whether he deserved to get that. I don't think anybody would ever doubt his directing abilities, but he has all of those personal problems clouding this.

ROSEN: It is a very powerful film, "The Pianist." He didn't campaign for it. Martin Scorsese was out there glad-handing all over Los Angeles, you know, making sure that everyone knew he wanted this. Polanski has not given interviews, has not gone -- so it's sort of fascinating that they did give him the nomination. Most people think this is Scorsese's this year, given that he's never won an Oscar before.

ZAHN: I know you thought about this, just the relevance of all of this, is that if the nation is at war, come the end of March, could be an odd Oscar party.

ROSEN: The Oscars never really matter, other than we pretend they do.

ZAHN: Good point, they're fun to watch, sure to are, especially to see what all the very glamorous women will be wearing.

ROSEN: Let's hope Cher is there this year.

ZAHN: Leah Rosen, thanks for your insights this morning.

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