Oscar Nominations Announced As Strike Casts Doubt on Show

BEVERLY HILLS, California -- "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" led with eight Academy Awards nominations each Tuesday, among them best picture and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis and Javier Bardem.

Among the nominees in the category for best foreign film were Sergei Bodrov Sr.'s "Mongol," about the early life of Genghis Khan, and Nikita Mikhalkov's "12," a Chechen-themed remake of "12 Angry Men."

"No Country for Old Men," a crime saga about a drug deal gone bad, and "There Will Be Blood," a historical epic set in California's oil boom years, will compete for best picture against the melancholy romance "Atonement," the pregnancy comedy "Juno" and the legal drama "Michael Clayton."

"Atonement" and "Michael Clayton" had seven nominations each, including best actor for George Clooney in the title role of "Clayton."

Past Oscar winner Cate Blanchett had two nominations as best actress for the historical pageant "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," and as supporting actress for the Bob Dylan tale "I'm Not There."

On strike since Nov. 5, the Writers Guild of America refused to let its members work on the Golden Globes. Organizers were forced to scrap their glitzy telecast and instead announce winners in a humdrum news conference.

Assuming the show goes as scheduled, it will be broadcast Feb. 24. Jon Stewart -- who recently resumed "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central without the help of his striking writers -- will serve as Oscar host.

AP, MT