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|Rings Breaks Oscars Record|
- 13 nominations the most in movie history
LORD of the Rings has received 13 Oscar nominations, the highest in Oscar history, five more than A Beautiful Mind and Moulin Rouge, its closest rivals.
Robert Altman, vilified by some hawkish US critics for his comments that he would like to live in Britain because of American xenophobia, was nominated in the Best Director category for Gosford Park, the country house murder mystery that is also up for Best Picture.
British stars are well represented in the nominations, with veteran Dame Judy Dench up for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Iris, and Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet (both also for Iris), Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings), Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith (both Gosford Park) nominated for Best Supporting role gongs.
The biggest hit of recent months, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is only up for three Oscars, all in the relatively minor categories - Best Costume, Bets Original Score and Best Art Direction.