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“Gangs of New York,” “Chicago” Lead BAFTA Noms; “8 Women” Leads Cesar Picks

"Gangs of New York," "Chicago" Lead BAFTA Noms; "8 Women" Leads Cesar Picks

“Gangs of New York,” “Chicago” Lead BAFTA Noms; “8 Women” Leads Cesar Picks

by Wendy Mitchell

Adrien Brody in Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist,” which earned nominations from the BAFTA and Cesar Awards.

Guy Ferrandis/© 2003 Focus Features

“Gangs of New York” and “Chicago” lead the nominations for this year’s Orange British Academy Film Awards, with each film garnering 12 nominations. Closely following those two was “The Hours” with 11 nominations. “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” grabbed nine nominations, and “The Pianist” got seven. Those five films are also the nominees for film of the year and the David Lean award for achievement in direction. For the British film of the year, the Alexander Korda award, nominees are “Bend it Like Beckham,” “Dirty Pretty Things,” “The Hours,” “The Magdalene Sisters,” and “The Warrior.”

In the acting categories, leading actress nominees are Halle Berry for “Monster’s Ball,” Salma Hayek for “Frida,” Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep for “The Hours,” and Renee Zellweger for “Chicago.” For best supporting actress, nominees are Toni Collette in “About a Boy,” Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones in “Chicago,” Julianne Moore in “The Hours,” and Meryl Streep in “Adaptation.” For lead actor, nominees are Adrien Brody in “The Pianist,” Nicolas Cage in “Adaptation,” Michael Caine in “The Quiet American,” Daniel Day-Lewis in “Gangs of New York,” and Jack Nicholson in “About Schmidt.” Supporting actors nominated are Chris Cooper for “Adaptation,” Ed Harris for “The Hours,” Alfred Molina for “Frida,” Paul Newman for “Road to Perdition,” and Christopher Walken for “Catch Me if You Can.”

For the foreign-language award, the five nominees are “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “City of God,” “Devdas,” “Talk to Her,” and “The Warrior.”

Meanwhile, France’s Cesar Awards announced its nominations on Friday, with Francois Ozon’s campy murder musical “8 Women” receiving 12 nominations. “The Pianist” grabbed 10 nominations and Costa Gavras’ “Amen” got seven. In addition to those three films, the best French film category also includes Cedric Klapisch’s “Europudding” and Nicolas Philibert’s “Etre et Avoir.” In the best foreign film category, nominees were Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine,” Im Kwon-taek’s “Chihwaseon,” Hayao Myazaki’s “Chihiro’s Voyage,” Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report,” and Steven Soderberg’s “Ocean’s Eleven.” Nominees for best European film are “11’09″01,” “Gosford Park,” “The Man Without a Past,” “Talk to Her,” and “Sweet Sixteen.”

The Cesars will be handed on out February 22, while the BATFA awards show will be February 23; both will happen after Oscar nominees are announced but before the deadline for Academy members to submit final ballots.

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