Jan 22, 2008 09:46 AM EST
80th Academy Awards Nominations Announced
Beverly Hills, CA - Nominations for the 80th Annual Academy Awards were announced today (Tuesday, January 22) by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Oscar winner Kathy Bates.
Ganis and Bates, who won an Academy Award for her lead performance in "Misery" (1990), announced the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories at a 5:30 a.m. live news conference attended by over 400 international media representatives. Lists of nominations in all categories then were distributed to news media in attendance and via the Internet on the official Academy Awards Web site - www.oscar.com.
Academy members selected the nominees in their respective branches, with the exception of the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, in which nominations were selected by vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees. Ballots were mailed to the 5,829 voting members in late December and were returned directly to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the international accounting firm, for tabulation.
Official screenings of all pictures with one or more nominations will begin this weekend for members at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Screenings also will be held at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and in London, New York and the Bay Area.
The Academy's entire active membership is now eligible to select the winners in all categories, although in five of them - Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, and Foreign Language Film - members can vote only after attesting they have seen all of the nominated films in those categories.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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