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Oscar Nominations

The complete list of the 79th Annual Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Best Picture: "Babel" "The Departed" "Letters from Iwo Jima" "Little Miss Sunshine" "The Queen" (2006)

Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, "Blood Diamond" Ryan Gosling, "Half Nelson" Peter O'Toole, "Venus" Will Smith, "The Pursuit of Happyness" Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"

Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Volver" Judi Dench, "Notes on a Scandal" Helen Mirren, "The Queen" Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada" Kate Winslet, "Little Children"

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Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine" Jackie Earle Haley, "Little Children" Djimon Hounsou, "Blood Diamond" Eddie Murphy, "Dreamgirls" Mark Wahlberg, "The Departed"

Supporting Actress: Adriana Barraza, "Babel" Cate Blanchett, "Notes on a Scandal" Abigail Breslin, "Little Miss Sunshine" Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls" Rinko Kikuchi, "Babel"

Directing: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Babel" Martin Scorsese, "The Departed" Clint Eastwood, "Letters from Iwo Jima" Stephen Frears, "The Queen" Paul Greengrass, "United 93"

Foreign Language Film: "After the Wedding" Denmark "Days of Glory" (Indigenes) Algeria "The Lives of Others" Germany "Pan's Labyrinth" Mexico "Water" Canada

Adapted Screenplay: Sacha Baron Cohen and Anthony Hines and Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer and Todd Phillips, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of KazakhstanAlfonso Cuaron and Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, "Children of Men" William Monahan, "The Departed" Todd Field and Tom Perrotta, "Little Children" Patrick Marber, "Notes on a Scandal"

Original Screenplay: Guillermo Arriaga, "Babel" Iris Yamashita and Paul Haggis, "Letters from Iwo Jima" Michael Arndt, "Little Miss Sunshine" Guillermo del Toro, "Pan's Labyrinth" Peter Morgan, "The Queen"

Animated Feature Film: "Cars" "Happy Feet" "Monster House"

Art Direction: "Dreamgirls" "The Good Shepherd" "Pan's Labyrinth" "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" "The Prestige"

Cinematography: "The Black Dahlia" "Children of Men" "The Illusionist" (2006) "Pan's Labyrinth" "The Prestige"

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Sound Mixing: "Apocalypto" "Blood Diamond" "Dreamgirls" "Flags of Our Fathers" "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"

Sound Editing: "Apocalypto" "Blood Diamond" "Flags of Our Fathers" "Letters from Iwo Jima" "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"

Original Score: "Babel" Gustavo Santaolalla; "The Good German" Thomas Newman; "Notes on a Scandal" Philip Glass; "Pan's Labyrinth" Javier Navarrete; "The Queen" Alexandre Desplat

Original Song: "I Need to Wake Up" from "An Inconvenient Truth" Melissa Etheridge; "Listen" from "Dreamgirls" Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler and Anne Preven; "Love You I Do" from "Dreamgirls" Henry Krieger and Siedah Garrett; "Our Town" from "Cars" Randy Newman; "Patience" from "Dreamgirls" Henry Krieger and Willie Reale

Costume: "Curse of the Golden Flower" "The Devil Wears Prada" "Dreamgirls" "Marie Antoinette" "The Queen"

Documentary Feature: "Deliver Us From Evil" "An Inconvenient Truth" "Iraq in Fragments" "Jesus Camp" "My Country, My Country"

Documentary (short subject): "The Blood of Yingzhou District" "Recycled Life" "Rehearsing a Dream" "Two Hands"

Film Editing: "Babel" "Blood Diamond" "Children of Men" "The Departed" "United 93"

Makeup: "Apocalypto" "Click" "Pan's Labyrinth"

Animated Short Film: "The Danish Poet" "Lifted" "The Little Matchgirl" "Maestro" "No Time for Nuts"

Live Action Short Film: "Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea)" "Eramos Pocos (One Too Many)" "Helmer & Son" "The Saviour" "West Bank Story"

Visual Effects: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" "Poseidon" "Superman Returns"

Academy Award winners previously announced this year: 

HONORARY AWARD (Oscar statuette): Ennio Morricone 

JEAN HERSHOLT HUMANITARIAN AWARD (Oscar statuette): Sherry Lansing

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