Best Supporting Actress: The big surprise in this category was the nomination for Shohreh Aghdashloo, who played Ben Kingsley's wife in House of Sand and Fog. I think she was mentioned by some of the critics groups, but she was nowhere to be seen among the Golden Globe and SAG Award nominees.
Best Supporting Actor Another surprise nominee here, with Djimon Hounsou getting a nod for his role in In America. The other nominees match those of the Screen Actors Guild.
Best Actress: And yet another surprise nominee -- Keisha Castle-Hughes for Whale Rider. I guess you could argue she got the "kid nomination" taken by Evan Rachel Wood in the Globes and the SAG Awards. Samantha Morton's nomination for In America was something of a surprise too.
Best Actor: No surprises here. I'm pleased that Johnny Depp got a nod for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Best Director: And we're back with the surprises. Fernando Meirelles was nominated for City of God, a Brazilian film. I'm not sure I've even heard of this movie. And congrats to Sophia Coppola, who becomes the first American woman to be nominated as Best Director.
Best Original Screenplay: The nomination for The Barbarian Invasion is a bit of a surprise. I'm always a little suspicious when a foreign language film gets an Oscar nomination. Are there really enough members of the Academy who read French to have actually read this screenplay? I'm dubious.
Best Adapted Screenplay: The aforementioned City of God makes a reappearance here. See above, only substitute Porteguese for French.
Foreign Language Film: I guess it's sort of a surprise that City of God didn't get nominated in this category, given the four other nomination. The only one of the nominees I've heard of before today is The Barbarian Invasion.
Best Animated Feature: No surprises here, though I thought I heard earlier in the year that there hadn't been enough animated features released during 2003 to have competition in this category. I may be remembering it wrong.
Best Picture: No surprises.
I'll have more to say once I study the full list of nominees.