Actors Jude Law, Ben Kingsley and Samantha Morton headed Britain’s charge at the nominations for this year’s Oscars, which look set to be dominated by the final installment of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Law has been nominated for best actor in “Cold Mountain,” Kingsley for best actor in “House of Sand and Fog,” and Morton for best actress for “In America.”
The best picture nominations, announced in a short ceremony by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, are: “Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King,” “Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World,” “Lost In Translation,” “Mystic River” and “Seabiscuit.”
Veteran actor Kingsley, who won an Oscar for “Gandhi” in 1983, stars in “House of Sand and Fog” as an Iranian immigrant, who spends all his money on a house at an auction, pitting himself and his family in a legal tussle with the house’s former owner.
Law stars in American civil war drama “Cold Mountain” as a wounded soldier who embarks on a perilous journey in the last days of the war to be reunited with his sweetheart.
“Cold Mountain” was widely expected to make the Oscar’s best picture nominees list, but was pushed out by ”Seabiscuit.”
Morton was picked for her part as a young Irish mother who, with her husband and two daughters, struggle to make their way “In America.”
Law and Morton have never claimed the film industry’s top awards, but both actors have been nominated before.
Law was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his role in “The Talented Mr Ripley,” for which he took a BAFTA for best supporting actor.
Morton was nominated in 2000 for an Oscar and Golden Globe as best supporting actress for her acclaimed role in Woody Allen’s “Sweet and Lowdown.”
Bookmakers Ladbrokes have tipped “Lord of the Rings” and its director Peter Jackson to take the Oscars for best picture and director.