The Oscar nominations were recently released. They can be found here.
Excuse the ramblings of my first impression.
Confirms what many already suspected, Chicago is the front runner. Best Actor race should be interesting because Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis are the favorites but the usually bland Nicholas Cage turned in an excellent performance in Adaptation. Speaking of Adaptation, I knew it belonged in Adapted Screenplay but it could easily fit into Original Screenplay. Interesting, LOTR: The Two Towers was nominated for Best Picture but not Director. Lastly, if Spirited Away doesn’t win best Animated Picture, I’ll stop caring about the Acadamey Awards altogether.