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Soderbergh gets two Oscar nods; 'Gladiator' leads with 12

Academy announces Oscar nominations

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Academy President Robert Rehme and Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates announced the Oscar nominees early Tuesday morning at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium. "Gladiator" led with 12  

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(CNN) -- Steven Soderbergh just got a double dose of good news. The director was nominated for two best director Oscars for his 2000 films "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich."

Both films were also picked for best picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. They'll have some tough competition. "Gladiator," nominated for a total of 12 Academy Awards, is up for best picture as well, along with "Chocolat" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

The nominations were announced Tuesday morning in Los Angeles by Academy President Robert Rehme and Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates. The 73rd Academy Awards will be held on March 25, 2001, at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium. Steve Martin will be the host. It will be televised on ABC.

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"Gladiator," Ridley Scott's return to ancient Rome and men who fight to the death in its Colosseum, leads the way with its 12 nods. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," Ang Lee's ode to martial arts films, is second with 10 nominations.

Along with Soderbergh, best director nominations went to Steven Daldry ("Billy Elliot"), Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), and Scott ("Gladiator").

Nominated for best actress along with Roberts are Joan Allen ("The Contender"), Juliette Binoche ("Chocolat"), Ellen Burstyn ("Requiem for a Dream"), and Laura Linney ("You Can Count On Me").

Best actor nominations went to Javier Bardem ("Before Night Falls"), Russell Crowe ("Gladiator"), Tom Hanks ("Cast Away"), Ed Harris ("Pollock"), and Geoffrey Rush ("Quills").

Best supporting actor nominations went to Willem Dafoe ("Shadow of the Vampire"), Benicio Del Toro ("Traffic"), Albert Finney ("Erin Brockovich"), Jeff Bridges ("The Contender"), and Joaquin Phoenix ("Gladiator").

Nominated for best supporting actress are Judi Dench ("Chocolat"), Marcia Gay Harden ("Pollock"), Kate Hudson ("Almost Famous"), Frances McDormand ("Almost Famous"), and Julie Walters ("Billy Elliot").

Best original screenplay nominations picked by the Academy: "Almost Famous," "Billy Elliot," "Erin Brockovich," "Gladiator," and "You Can Count On Me."

The Academy's pick for best screenplay based on material previously published or produced went to "Chocolat," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "O Brother, Where Art Thou," "Traffic," and "Wonder Boys."

Over 5,000 Academy members pick the nominees in a total of 23 categories, and 242 films were eligible for consideration this year.

The list of the major Oscar nominees:

Best picture

  • "Traffic"
  • "Chocolat"
  • "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
  • "Erin Brockovich"
  • "Gladiator"
  • Best actor

  • Javier Bardem ("Before Night Falls")
  • Russell Crowe ("Gladiator")
  • Tom Hanks ("Cast Away")
  • Ed Harris ("Pollack")
  • Geoffrey Rush ("Quills")
  • Best actress

  • Joan Allen ("The Contender")
  • Juliette Binoche ("Chocolat")
  • Ellen Burstyn ("Requiem for a Dream")
  • Laura Linney ("You Can Count on Me")
  • Julia Roberts ("Erin Brockovich")
  • Best supporting actor

  • Jeff Bridges ("The Contender")
  • Willem Dafoe ("Shadow of the Vampire")
  • Benicio Del Toro ("Traffic")
  • Albert Finney ("Erin Brockovich")
  • Joaquin Phoenix "Gladiator")
  • Best supporting actress

  • Judi Dench ("Chocolat")
  • Marcia Gay Harden ("Pollack")
  • Kate Hudson ("Almost Famous")
  • Frances McDormand ("Almost Famous")
  • Julie Walters ("Billy Elliot")
  • Best director

  • Stephen Daldry ("Billy Elliot")
  • Ang Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon")
  • Steven Soderbergh ("Erin Brockovich")
  • Ridley Scott ("Gladiator")
  • Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic")
  • Best screenplay (original)

  • Cameron Crowe ("Almost Famous")
  • Lee Hall ("Billy Elliot")
  • Susannah Grant ("Erin Brockovich")
  • David Franzoni, John Logan and William Nicholson ("Gladiator")
  • Kenneth Lonergan ("You Can Count on Me")
  • Best screenplay (adaptation)

  • "Chocolat"
  • "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
  • "O Brother, Where Art Thou"
  • "Traffic"
  • "Wonder Boys"
  • Non-English language film

  • "Amores Perros" (Mexico)
  • "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (Taiwan)
  • "Divided We Fall" (Czech Republic)
  • "Everybody Famous" (Belgium)
  • "The Taste of Others" (France)


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