Here’s the major category nominees just announced by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 80th Academy Awards on 25th February.
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 Mortenson Eastern Promises
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 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 Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett I’m Not There
Ruby Dee American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan Atonement
Amy Ryan Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton Michael Clayton
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Australian actor Cate Blanchett now belongs to an elite group who have been nominated for both best actress and best supporting actress in the same year (Emma Thompson and Holly Hunter in 1994 and more recently, Julianne Moore in 2003).
If Blanchett snags both awards at the February 25 ceremony, she will go down in history as the only actress to do so. But she’ll surely face tough competition in the major category from Marion Cotillard’s stunning portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose.
Blanchett has twice previously been nominated for best supporting actress for The Aviator in 2004 and Notes on a Scandal in 2006, winning the award for her role of Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator.
The Melbourne-born actor has also been nominated previously for best actress for Elizabeth in 1998, which makes for interesting trivia with her nomination again this year for her performance in the same role, in the film’s sequel.