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Oscar Smiles On 'Chicago'

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"Chicago" won a leading 13 Oscar nominations Tuesday, as reported on The Early Show by "Entertainment Tonight"'s Mark Steines.

Best picture nominees are "Chicago," "The Hours," "Gangs of New York," "The Pianist" and "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."

Best actress: Salma Hayek, "Frida"; Diane Lane, "Unfaithful"; Renee Zellweger, "Chicago"; Nicole Kidman, "The Hours"; and Julianne Moore, "Far From Heaven."

Best actor: Michael Caine, "The Quiet American"; Daniel Day-Lewis, "Gangs of New York"; Adrien Brody, "The Pianist"; Nicolas Cage, "Adaptation"; and Jack Nicholson, "About Schmidt."

Best supporting actress: Queen Latifah, "Chicago"; Kathy Bates, "About Schmidt"; Catherine Zeta-Jones, "Chicago"; Julianne Moore, "The Hours," and Meryl Streep, "Adaptation."

Best supporting actor: Ed Harris, "The Hours"; Christopher Walken, "Catch Me If You Can"; Paul Newman, "Road to Perdition"; John C. Reilly, "Chicago" and Chris Cooper, "Adaptation."

Streep got her 13th nomination, the most nominations of any actor or actress, ever, surpassing even those of Katharine Hepburn. The nomination for Jack Nicholson brought him to 12 nominations, a tie for the current record and the most ever for an actor.

Nicolas Cage, nominated in the best actor category for "Adaptation," was interviewed on The Early Show right after the nominees were announced.

Chris Cooper, nominated for his supporting work in "Adaptation," is not a household name. But Cage calls him "a decent man (with)…a good soul, and I think that emanates in his work, in his eyes." And he says Meryl Streep is "a delightful person," full of surprises and good humor. He adds, "I see her, really, as a maestro."

Whether or not "Chicago" opens the door for more movie musicals remains to be seen. But there are a few already in development for the big screen, including "Phantom of the Opera" and "Contact."

Here is some handicapping by Steines and The Early Show team:

  • "Chicago"'s chances for winning best picture are good, because the groundswell around it is so amazing. Everybody is just in love with this movie. It makes you happy when you walk out.
  • Jack Nicholson will probably win as best actor for "About Schmidt." He is up against Daniel Day-Lewis and Michael Caine – but not Richard Gere, which was one of Oscar's surprises this year.
  • Peter Jackson, director of "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," was not nominated, although his movie was.
  • Martin Scorsese, nominated in the director category for "Gangs of New York." He has never won an Oscar.
Fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski is up for an Oscar, but don't expect to see him on the red carpet.

Nearly 25 years after fleeing Los Angeles for Paris to escape sentencing for having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl, Polanski received an Academy Award nomination Tuesday for directing the Holocaust survival story "The Pianist."

While the nomination suggests Hollywood is welcoming the 69-year-old filmmaker, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Polanski will be arrested if he enters the United States.

The nominations were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Frank Pierson and Oscar winner Marisa Tomei.

Critics seem to be mixed on their best picture picks.

Over on the West Coast, the Los Angeles Film Critics have given "About Schmidt" their blessing as best film, while the New York Film Critics think "Far From Heaven" is far and away the best.

"The Hours" was given top honors by both the National Board of Review and the Foreign Press Association at the Golden Globes, and seems to be the Oscar frontrunner. But it isn't alone.

"Chicago" has also earned two big awards - the Golden Globe and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The film has also received a Producers Guild Of America nomination.

Both films' directors have been nominated for a Directors Guild Award.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2002 will be presented on Sunday, March 23, 2003.

Here is the complete list of nominations for the 75th Academy Awards:

1. Best Picture: "Chicago," "Gangs of New York," "The Hours," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "The Pianist."

2. Actor: Adrien Brody, "The Pianist"; Nicolas Cage, "Adaptation"; Michael Caine, "The Quiet American"; Daniel Day-Lewis, "Gangs of New York"; Jack Nicholson, "About Schmidt."

3. Actress: Salma Hayek, "Frida"; Nicole Kidman, "The Hours"; Diane Lane, "Unfaithful"; Julianne Moore, "Far from Heaven"; Renee Zellweger, "Chicago."

4. Supporting Actor: Chris Cooper, "Adaptation"; Ed Harris, "The Hours"; Paul Newman, "Road to Perdition"; John C. Reilly, "Chicago"; Christopher Walken, "Catch Me If You Can."

5. Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, "About Schmidt"; Julianne Moore, "The Hours"; Queen Latifah, "Chicago"; Meryl Streep, "Adaptation"; Catherine Zeta-Jones, "Chicago."

6. Director: Rob Marshall, "Chicago"; Martin Scorsese, "Gangs of New York"; Stephen Daldry, "The Hours"; Roman Polanski, "The Pianist"; Pedro Almodovar , "Talk to Her."

7. Foreign Film: " El Crimen del Padre Amaro," Mexico; "Hero," People's Republic of China; "The Man without a Past," Finland; "Nowhere in Africa," Germany; "Zus & Zo," The Netherlands.

8. Adapted Screenplay: Peter Hedges and Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz, "About a Boy"; Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman, "Adaptation"; Bill Condon, "Chicago"; David Hare, "The Hours"; Ronald Harwood, "The Pianist."

9. Original Screenplay: Todd Haynes, "Far from Heaven"; Jay Cocks and Steve Zaillian and Kenneth Lonergan, "Gangs of New York"; Nia Vardalos, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"; Pedro Almodovar, "Talk to Her"; Carlos Cuaron and Alfonso Cuaron, "Y Tu Mama Tambien."

10. Animated feature film: "Ice Age"; "Lilo & Stitch"; "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron"; "Spirited Away"; "Treasure Planet."

11. Art Direction: "Chicago," "Frida," "Gangs of New York," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Road to Perdition."

12. Cinematography: "Chicago," "Far from Heaven," "Gangs of New York," "The Pianist," "Road to Perdition."

13. Sound: "Chicago," "Gangs of New York," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Road to Perdition," "Spider-Man."

14. Sound Editing: "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Minority Report," "Road to Perdition."

15. Original Score: "Catch Me If You Can," John Williams; "Far from Heaven," Elmer Bernstein; "Frida," Elliot Goldenthal; "The Hours," Philip Glass; "Road to Perdition," Thomas Newman.

16. Original Song: "Burn It Blue" from "Frida," Elliot Goldenthal and Julie Taymor; "Father and Daughter" from "The Wild Thornberrys Movie," Paul Simon; "The Hands That Built America" from "Gangs of New York," Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; "I Move On" from "Chicago," John Kander and Fred Ebb; "Lose Yourself" from "8 Mile," Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto.

17. Costume: "Chicago," "Frida," "Gangs of New York," "The Hours," "The Pianist."

18. Documentary Feature: "Bowling for Columbine," "Daughter from Danang," "Prisoner of Paradise," "Spellbound," "Winged Migration."

19. Documentary (short subject): "The Collector of Bedford Street," "Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks," "Twin Towers," "Why Can't We Be a Family Again?"

20. Film Editing: "Chicago," "Gangs of New York," "The Hours," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" "The Pianist."

21. Makeup: "Frida," "The Time Machine."

22. Animated Short Film: "The Cathedral," "The ChubbChubbs!," "Das Rad," "Mike's New Car," "Mt. Head."

23. Live Action Short Film: "Fait D'Hiver," "I'll Wait for the Next One (J'Attendrai Le Suivant)," "Inja (Dog)," "Johnny Flynton," "This Charming Man (Der Er En Yndig Mand)."

24. Visual Effects: "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Spider-Man," "Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones."

Academy Award winner previously announced this year: Honorary Award (Oscar statuette): Peter O'Toole.