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Dreamgirls bags 8 Oscar nominations

Babel does it with seven; DiCaprio, Penelope Cruz in race for best actor/actress Oscars; Water vies for best foreign film with Spanish film Pan's Labyrinth.




Oscar nominated movie Dreamgirls

Leonardo DiCaprio in Blood Diamond, Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson, Peter O'Toole in Venus, Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness, and Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland will vie for the best actor awards in the 79th Annual Academy Awards. The award ceremony will be held on February 25th in Hollywood.

And there is a high profile clash in the best actress category with Penelope Cruz (Volver, Spain) British actresses Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal), Kate Winslet (Little Children) and Helen Mirren (The Queen) in contention with Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada).

Musical drama Dreamgirls won the maximum nominations – 8. But it was not in the race for the best picture and best director Oscars. Babel, set in the backdrop of early 21st century, has seven nominations.

Spanish film Pan's Labyrinth and British movie The Queen, based on the royalty’s turbulent life post Diana’s death, won six Oscar nominations each.

Canadian film Water, directed by Deepa Mehta and set in India, is in the final five for the best foreign language film category. Water stars Lisa Ray and John Abraham. It was shot in Sri Lanka.

For the best picture, the nominees are Babel, The Departed, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine and The Queen.

Babel’s director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu of Mexico, Martin Scorsese who directed The Departed, Clint Eastwood, the director of Letters from Iwo Jima, and Britons Stephen Frears for The Queen and Paul Greengrass for United 93 are in the race for the best director Oscars.

Water is set in 1938 India and revolves around the story of eight-year-old Chuyia , who is widowed and sent to a home for Hindu widows.

Water is the third in Deepa Mehta’s trilogy of elements. The earlier ones were fire and Earth.

Pan's Labyrinth, which is seen as the front runner for the best foreign language film, in which Del Torro stunningly captures the horrors of a little girl fleeing the Spanish civil war by basking in a fantasy world.

Competing with Water and Pan's Labyrinth are After the Wedding (Denmark), The Lives of Others (Germany, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) and Algerian entry Days of Glory.

Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson is in the race for the supporting cast category, both for their performances in Dreamgirls.


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