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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Brokeback' Leads Oscars List

LOS ANGELES -- "Brokeback Mountain," about a pair of cowboys who fall in love, earned a leading eight Oscar nominations on Tuesday, including best picture, best director and best actor for star Heath Ledger.

Race relations drama "Crash," and "Good Night, and Good Luck," actor/director George Clooney's look at newsman Edward R. Murrow's attack on McCarthyism in the 1950s, each had six nominations and landed in the category for best film. "Memoirs of a Geisha," also had six nominations.

Other best film nominees included "Capote," about author Truman Capote reporting for his novel "In Cold Blood," with five nominations overall, and director Steven Spielberg's "Munich," about the aftermath of the killings of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, which also had five nominations.

In the best actor category, Ledger, who portrays a lovelorn cowboy in "Brokeback," was joined by Philip Seymour Hoffman as the lead character in "Capote," Terrence Howard as a pimp in "Hustle & Flow," Joaquin Phoenix for his role as singer Johnny Cash in romance "Walk the Line" and David Strathairn as Murrow in "Good Night."

Best actress nominees were Judi Dench playing a theater owner in World War II-era "Mrs. Henderson Presents," Felicity Huffman as a transgendered character in "Transamerica," Keira Knightley for romance "Pride & Prejudice," Charlize Theron in sexual harassment drama "North Country" and Reese Witherspoon playing singer June Carter in "Walk the Line."