Academy Award nominees announced

Canadian talent earned top notices as the 80th Academy Award nominees were revealed today.

Two Canadians were nominated for their part in Juno (which was also nominated for Best Picture), including Halifax’s Ellen Page for Best Actress and Montreal-born Jason Reitman for Best Director.

Toronto’s Sarah Polley earned two major notices for her directorial debut, Away from Her, with Polley earning a nod for Best Screenplay and British actress Julie Christie for Best Actress.

Both No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood earned eight nominations (including Best Picture and Best Actor notices), followed by Atonement and Michael Clayton with seven nominations each.

Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett has the possibility to add two more acting awards to her mantle, as she is nominated for both Best Actress for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Best Supporting Actress for I’m Not There.

The Academy Awards are still planned to held on February 24, to be hosted by Jon Stewart, despite the continuing Writers’ Guild of America strike.

Here is a list of the top nominees:

BEST PICTURE
Atonement
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Juno

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie, Away From Her
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
Laura Linney, The Savages
Ellen Page, Juno

BEST ACTOR
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
Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There
Ruby Dee, American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan, Atonement
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James
Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson’s War
Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton

BEST DIRECTOR
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
Jason Reitman, Juno
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

For the full list of nominees, please visit the Academy Awards website.

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