Soderbergh gets two Oscar nods; 'Gladiator' leads with 12
Academy announces Oscar nominations
(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.
"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.
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