Oscars will happen after all, noms announced

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The stars may not be out on February 24, but the red carpet sure will be.

The Academy Awards ceremony is going forward as planned, show director Louis J. Horvitz said, according to USA Today. During this morning's 80th Academy Awards nominations announcement, the main focus wasn't what celebrities were planning to wear, but whether they would show up at all.

The strike by the Writers Guild of America has already left a few awards-show casualties in its wake, the Golden Globes and the People's Choice Awards among them, and many feared the Oscars would be next.

However, a red carpet doesn't automatically mean this will be a must-see event. There are plenty of other categories that go beyond acting, meaning cinematographers, sound guys, and composers may be more front and center--not exactly the idea of glamour the public is used to.

"We want [the actors] to come back," Horvitz told reporters. "But we have access to the clips from the films, and we can still name best actor, best actress, all of them."

Of course there was more than just talk about the show itself. Leading the nominations this morning were critics' favorites No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood, both of which nabbed eight nods each, including one apiece for Best Picture.

A partial list of Academy Award nominees is below. A full list of nominees is available at the Academy Awards official Web site.

Best motion picture of the year
Atonement
Juno
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Performance by an actor in a leading role
George Clooney in Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tommy Lee Jones in In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War
Hal Holbrook in Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie in Away from Her
Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose
Laura Linney in The Savages
Ellen Page in Juno

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Cate Blanchett in I'm Not There
Ruby Dee in American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan in Atonement
Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton

Best animated feature film of the year
Persepolis
Ratatouille
Surf's Up

Achievement in directing
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Julian Schnabel
Juno, Jason Reitman
Michael Clayton, Tony Gilroy
No Country for Old Men, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson

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