Aamir Khan's chart buster "Lagaan", France's subtle comedy "Amelie," and Bosnia's "No Man's Land" were today nominated as best non English-language film for this year's Oscars.
Also vying for the coveted prize were Norway's "Elling" and Argentina's "Son of The Bride" ("El hijo de la novia").
Psychological drama "A Beautiful Mind," fantasy epic "The Lord of the Rings," and musical revival "Moulin Rouge" were named among the five 2002 Oscar nominees for best film.
The other nods in the most prized category of Hollywood's ultimate kudos went to wrenching family drama "In the Bedroom," and 1930s murder mystery satire "Gosford Park." The five films are now the center of attention in the race for the Oscar's golden statuettes which will be handed out at a glittering ceremony in Hollywood on March 24.
They emerged from a crowded and muddled field of films vying for this year's Oscar nominations after weeks of lobbying, advertising and nail-biting by studios and actors alike.
When it came to the crunch today, there were no surprises in the nominations for best picture, despite an earlier lack of consensus among pundits over which would be the main films of this year's frenzied Hollywood's awards season.
"Lord of the Rings": Fellowship of the Ring," the first in a 270 million-dollar trilogy of films based on J.R.R Tolkien's fantasy books won more Oscar nominations than any other film this year -- 13.
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