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Well, the nominations for 2001 are in, and actor showcases and visual treats made the list. Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind, Will Smith in Ali, Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball, and Sissy Spacek in In the Bedroom all got nominated for their standout performances. Visual treats like Moulin Rouge, Amelie, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter were also recognized.

Best Picture and Best Screenplay offered few surprises. A Beautiful Mind, Gosford Park, In the Bedroom, and Lord of the Rings all got nominated for both categories. Moulin Rouge was nominated for best picture but not screenplay.

Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington were both nominated for their roles in Training Day, which seems an unlikely movie to be recognized because it’s violent and dark. On the other hand, both actors really deserve nominations for their work

Renee Zellweger is the biggest surprise in the acting categories. She was nominated for Best Actress in Bridget Jones’ Diary. The Academy must have liked her British accent or that she put on weight for the role. But our heart is with Nicole Kidman, nominated for Moulin Rouge. She gave the best performance of the year, and it’s a relief to see her recognized.

A new category was introduced for this year’s slate of movies: Best Animated Feature. From now on, if eight or more animated features are released in a year, the Oscars will include this category. The new category is already off to a bad start. Instead of Waking Life the Academy nominated Jimmy Neutron.

“Come What May,” the only 100% original song from Moulin Rouge and the best from last year, was not even nominated for Best Original Song. Oops.

But the biggest snub of the year, as is often the case, is in the Best Documentary category. The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition was not nominated. Since the Academy didn’t recognize him, you’ll have to do it yourself. Take a look at this December interview with George Butler on Movie Habit.

And now, the list...

Best motion picture of the year

A Beautiful Mind
Gosford Park
In the Bedroom
The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring
Moulin Rouge

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Russell Crowe in “A Beautiful Mind”
Sean Penn in “I Am Sam”
Will Smith in “Ali”
Denzel Washington in “Training Day”
Tom Wilkinson in “In the Bedroom”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Jim Broadbent in “Iris”
Ethan Hawke in “Training Day”
Ben Kingsley in “Sexy Beast”
Ian McKellen in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
Jon Voight in “Ali”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Halle Berry in “Monster’s Ball”
Judi Dench in “Iris”
Nicole Kidman in “Moulin Rouge”
Sissy Spacek in “In the Bedroom”
Renée Zellweger in “Bridget Jones’s Diary”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Jennifer Connelly in “A Beautiful Mind”
Helen Mirren in “Gosford Park”
Maggie Smith in “Gosford Park”
Marisa Tomei in “In the Bedroom”
Kate Winslet in “Iris”

Best animated feature film of the year

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Monsters, Inc.
Shrek

Achievement in art direction

Amélie
Art Direction: Aline Bonetto
Set Decoration: Marie-Laure Valla

Gosford Park
Art Direction: Stephen Altman
Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Art Direction: Stuart Craig
Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan

The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring
Art Direction: Grant Major
Set Decoration: Dan Hennah

Moulin Rouge
Art Direction: Catherine Martin
Set Decoration: Brigitte Broch

Achievement in cinematography

Amélie
Bruno Delbonnel

Black Hawk Down
Slawomir Idziak

The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring
Andrew Lesnie

The Man Who Wasn’t There
Roger Deakins

Moulin Rouge
Donald M. McAlpine

Achievement in costume design

The Affair of the Necklace
Milena Canonero

Gosford Park
Jenny Beavan

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Judianna Makovsky

The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring
Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor

Moulin Rouge
Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie

Achievement in directing

A Beautiful Mind
Ron Howard

Black Hawk Down
Ridley Scott

Gosford Park
Robert Altman

The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring
Peter Jackson

Mulholland Drive
David Lynch

Best documentary feature

Children Underground
Lalee’s Kin: the Legacy of Cotton
Murder on a Sunday Morning
Promises
War Photographer Best documentary short subject Artists and Orphans: a True Drama
Sing!
Thoth

Achievement in film editing

A Beautiful Mind
Mike Hill and Dan Hanley

Black Hawk Down
Pietro Scalia

The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring
John Gilbert

Memento
Dody Dorn

Moulin Rouge
Jill Bilcock

Best foreign language film of the year

Amélie
France

Elling
Norway

Lagaan
India

No Man’s Land
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Son of the Bride
Argentina

Achievement in makeup

A Beautiful Mind
Greg Cannom and Colleen Callaghan

The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Rings
Peter Owen and Richard Taylor

Moulin Rouge
Maurizio Silvi and Aldo Signoretti

Achievement in music in connection with motion pictures (Original score)

A.I. Artificial Intelligence
John Williams

A Beautiful Mind
James Horner

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
John Williams

The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring
Howard Shore

Monsters, Inc.
Randy Newman

Achievement in music in connection with motion pictures (Original song)

“If I Didn’t Have You” from “Monsters, Inc.”
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

“May It Be” from “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
Music and Lyric by Enya, Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan

“There You’ll Be” from “Pearl Harbor”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“Until” from “Kate & Leopold”
Music and Lyric by Sting

“Vanilla Sky” from “Vanilla Sky”
Music and Lyric by Paul McCartney

Best animated short film

Fifty Percent Grey
For the Birds
Give up Yer Aul Sins
Strange Invaders
Stubble Trouble

Best live action short film

The Accountant
Copy Shop
Gregor’s Greatest Invention
A Man Thing
Speed for Thespians

Achievement in sound

Amélie
Vincent Arnardi, Guillaume Leriche and Jean Umansky

Black Hawk Down
Mike Minkler, Myron Nettinga and Chris Munro

The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring
Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick,
Gethin Creagh and Hammond Peek

Moulin Rouge
Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Roger Savage and Guntis Sics

Pearl Harbor
Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell and Peter J. Devlin

Achievement in sound editing

Pearl Harbor
Gary Rydstrom and Michael Silvers

Monsters, Inc.
George Watters II and Christopher Boyes

Achievement in visual effects

A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Dennis Muren, Scott Farrar, Stan Winston and Michael Lantieri

The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring
Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook, Richard Taylor and Mark Stetson

Pearl Harbor
Eric Brevig, John Frazier, Ed Hirsh and Ben Snow

Screenplay based on material previously produced or published

A Beautiful Mind
Written by Akiva Goldsman

Ghost World
Written by Daniel Clowes & Terry Zwigoff

In the Bedroom
Screenplay by Rob Festinger and Todd Field

The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring
Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson

Shrek
Written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Joe Stillman and Roger S.H. Schulman

Screenplay written directly for the screen

Amélie
Screenplay by Guillaume Laurant and Jean-pierre Jeunet
Dialogue by Guillaume Laurant

Gosford Park
Written by Julian Fellowes

Memento
Screenplay by Christopher Nolan
Story by Jonathan Nolan

Monster’s Ball
Written by Milo Addica & Will Rokos

The Royal Tenenbaums
Written by Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson