TV stars grab Oscar noms

The nominations for the 79th Annual Academy Awards have been announced, and many current and former TV performers are up for awards.

Fresh Prince Will Smith is up for a best actor award for his role in The Pursuit of Happyness. Smith was previously nominated for his performance as boxing great Muhammed Ali in Michael Mann's 2001 film Ali.

Comedy great Eddie Murphy, who came to fame on NBC's Saturday Night Live, is in the running for a best supporting actor statue for Dreamgirls. Murphy's acting and singing are on display in the role of the James Brown-esque singer James "Thunder" Early.

Also from Dreamgirls, Jennifer Hudson is nominated in the best supporting actress category. The season three American Idol contestant has wowed critics with her portrayal of Effie White.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, starring 21 Jump Street heartthrob Johnny Depp, is up for best art direction, and former Rawhide cowboy Clint Eastwood is in the running for best director with the WWII drama Letters from Iwo Jima, which is also up for best picture.

Also vying for best picture will be Martin Scorsese's Boston crime drama The Departed, co-starring 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin, and dysfunctional family comedy Little Miss Sunshine, which features The Office's Steve Carell.

Funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen and cohorts are nominated for their screenplay Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Cohen's wayward TV reporter first found "great success" on the BBC and later, HBO.

The 79th Annual Academy Awards will air on ABC, Sunday, February 25, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time; 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. For a complete list of nominees, check out the Academy Web site.

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