‘Rings’ snares most Oscar nominations

LIST OF NOMINATED FEATURE FILMS (SHORT FILMS EXCLUDED): “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (New Line) _ 13 “A Beautiful Mind” (Universal and DreamWorks) _ 8 “Moulin Rouge” (20th Century Fox) _ 8 “Gosford Park” (USA Films) _ 7 “Amelie” (Miramax Zoe) _ 5 “In the Bedroom” (Miramax) _ 5 “Black Hawk Down” (Sony Pictures Releasing) _ 4 “Monsters, Inc.” (Buena Vista) _ 4 “Pearl Harbor” (Buena Vista) _ 4 “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (Warner Bros.) _ 3 “Iris” (Miramax) _ 3 “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” (Warner Bros.) _ 2 “Ali” (Sony Pictures Releasing) _ 2 “Memento” (Newmarket Films) _ 2 “Monster’s Ball” (Lions Gate) _ 2 “Shrek” (DreamWorks) _ 2 “Training Day” (Warner Bros.) _ 2 “The Affair of the Necklace” (Warner Bros.) _ 1 “Bridget Jones’s Diary” (Miramax/Universal/StudioCanal) _ 1 “Children Underground” (Belzberg Films) _ 1 “Elling” (Maipo Film and TV) _ 1 “Ghost World” (United Artists through MGM) _ 1 “I Am Sam” (New Line) _ 1 “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” (Paramount and Nickelodeon Movies) _ 1 “Kate & Leopold” (Miramax) _ 1 “Lagaan” (Aaamir Khan Productions PVT. LTD.) _ 1 “LaLee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton” (Maysles Films Inc.) _ 1 “The Man Who Wasn’t There” (USA Films) _ 1 “Mulholland Drive” (Universal and StudioCanal) _ 1 “Murder on a Sunday Morning” (Maha/Pathe’ Doc/France 2/HBO) _ 1 “No Man’s Land” (Noe’ Productions) _ 1 “Promises” (Promises Film Project) _ 1 “The Royal Tenenbaums” (Touchstone Pictures) _ 1 “Sexy Beast” (Fox Searchlight) _ 1 “Son of the Bride” (Pol-ka Producciones) _ 1 “Vanilla Sky” (Paramount Pictures) _ 1 “War Photographer” (Christian Frei Filmproductions) _ 1

DID YOU KNOW:_This is the first year since 1973 that three African-Americans were nominated in the Best Actor/Actress categories. That year, Diana Ross (“Lady Sings the Blues”) and Cicely Tyson (“Sounder”) were nominated, along with Paul Winfield (“Sounder”).This year marks the first time that two African-Americans are nominated at the same time in Best Actor category (Will Smith, “Ali”; Denzel Washington, “Training Day”).Halle Berry rounds out the trio with a nomination for “Monster’s Ball.” _This is Russell Crowe’s third consecutive nomination in the Best Actor category, following “The Insider” (2000) and “Gladiator” (2001).If he wins, he will join Luise Rainer, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Jason Robards and Tom Hanks as back-to-back winners in the acting categories. _Dennis Muren, who is nominated for Visual Effects this year, is tied with composer Alan Menken with the most wins for any living individual (eight). Walt Disney is the all-time winner with 26 Academy Awards.