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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 January 2006, 10:20 GMT
Oscar nominations to be revealed
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal
Brokeback Mountain has won many pre-Oscars awards
The film world is awaiting the nominations for the Academy Awards, which are announced at 1330 GMT.

Among the contenders for this year's Oscars are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Walk the Line, The Constant Gardener and Good Night, and Good Luck.

Actress Mira Sorvino will join Academy president Sid Ganis to reveal the names at 0530 Los Angeles time (1330 GMT).

The 78th Academy Awards ceremony will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on 5 March.

Golden Globes: Ang Lee
Directors Guild: Ang Lee
Los Angeles critics: Ang Lee
New York critics: Ang Lee
National Board of Review: Ang Lee

Heath Ledger is widely tipped for a lead actor nomination for his performance in cowboy romance drama Brokeback Mountain.

Other names in contention include Joaquin Phoenix for Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line and Philip Seymour Hoffman for his portrayal of author Truman Capote in Capote.

The lead actress section is considered to be more of an open contest.

Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line is considered likely to receive a nomination, while Felicity Huffman - for her role as a male-to-female transsexual in Transamerica - are among those touted as contenders.

British hopefuls

British actor Rachel Weisz is also tipped for a nomination, having won awards at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild for her performance in political drama The Constant Gardener.

Golden Globes: Brokeback Mountain, Walk The Line
Producers Guild:
Brokeback Mountain
Screen Actors:
Crash (cast award)
Los Angeles critics:
Brokeback Mountain
New York critics:
Brokeback Mountain
National Board of Review:
Good Night, And Good Luck
Other British hopefuls include Dame Judi Dench for Mrs Henderson Presents and Keira Knightley for Pride and Prejudice.

Both received Golden Globe nominations but neither won awards on the night.

Brokeback Mountain has been favourite to win best picture, having performed well in the build-up to the Oscars.

Director Ang Lee won the Directors Guild of America's top prize, while the Producers Guild of America gave it its best film award - an honour which usually indicates Oscar success.

It also won best drama and best director for Lee in the Golden Globes, the most prestigious of the pre-Oscars award ceremonies.

But racial drama Crash was the surprise winner at Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild awards, voted for by fellow actors.

It won the prestigious best ensemble cast prize - the equivalent of a best film award. Capote's Philip Seymour Hoffman and Walk The Line's Reese Witherspoon won best actor and actress.

Overwhelming favourite

Bookmakers William Hill make Lee's western 1/12 favourite to land the Academy's top award, with George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck and Steven Spielberg's Munich at 11/1.

Golden Globes: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix
Screen Actors:
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Los Angeles critics:
Philip Seymour Hoffman
New York critics:
Heath Ledger
National Board of Review:
Philip Seymour Hoffman

Despite Crash's success with the Screen Actors Guild, the film is considered a 14/1 outsider, as is Walk the Line.

With odds of 1/10 Ang Lee is the overwhelming favourite in the best director category, with Clooney second favourite at 6/1.

Spielberg is third favourite at 10/1, with Paul Haggis (Crash) and Bennett Miller (Capote) both at 33/1.

William Hill tip Philip Seymour Hoffman to win the best actor prize and are offering 1/5 odds. Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix are both 6/1.

Phoenix's Walk the Line co-star Reese Witherspoon is 2/7 favourite in the best actress category, though with Felicity Huffman at 5/2 her win is by no means a certainty.

Golden Globes: Felicity Huffman, Reese Witherspoon
Screen Actors:
Reese Witherspoon
Los Angeles critics:
Vera Farmiga (Down to the Bone)
New York critics:
Reese Witherspoon
National Board of Review:
Felicity Huffman

Another tight battle is expected in the best supporting actor category, where Cinderella Man's Paul Giamatti commands 13/8 odds.

So does George Clooney, whom experts predict will be recognised for his role as a world-weary CIA agent in oil-based drama Syriana.

Britain's Rachel Weisz is 11/10 on to land the best supporting actress trophy, with Brokeback Mountain's Michelle Williams at 11/4.

Watch the nominations live on this website at 1330 GMT.

See some of the possible Oscar contenders

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