Oscars, 1st Ld URGENT
Date: 01-22-2008 5:47 AM - Word Count: 212

Oscars, 1st Ld URGENT
   U R G E N T.   BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) -  ``Atonement'', ``Juno'', ``Michael
Clayton'', ``No Country for Old Men'' and ``'There Will Be Blood'' received
best picture nominations today for the 80th annual Academy Awards.
   ``No Country for Old Men'' and ''There Will Be Blood'' led the field
with eight nominations each, while ``Atonement'' and ``Michael Clayton'' each
received seven.
    Best actor nominees are George Clooney (``Michael Clayton''); Daniel
Day-Lewis (``There Will.Be Blood''); Johnny Depp (``Sweeney Todd The Demon
Barber of Fleet Street''); Tommy Lee Jones (``In the Valley of Elah'') and
Viggo Mortensen (``Eastern Promises'').
   Best actress nominees are Cate Blanchett (``Elizabeth: The Golden
Age''); Julie Christie (``Away from Her''), Marion Cotillard (``La Vie en
Rose''); Laura Linney (``The Savages''); and Ellen Page (``Juno'').
   The nominations were announced before dawn this morning from the
Academy's Beverly Hills headquarters. The early start is to accommodate the
live broadcasts of the network morning talk shows in the Eastern and Central
time zones.
   The Academy Awards are scheduled to be handed out Feb. 24 at the Kodak
Theatre. Officials of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have said
the ceremony will be held as scheduled, even if the writers strike is not
settled by then.

CNS-01-22-2008 05:47