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'Nine' not totally snubbed at Oscar nominations

February 2, 2010 | 10:17 am

Cruz "Nine," the all-star film adaptation of the Broadway musical, has been losing award-season momentum ever since it opened in December to scathing reviews and paltry box-office receipts.

So it was no surprise that the Rob Marshall-directed movie failed to score Oscar nominations in the major categories on Tuesday morning. Still, the campaign effort of the Weinstein Co., which distributed the film, was not a complete washout, netting a total of four nominations

Penélope Cruz received a nomination in the supporting actress category for her role as Carla, the sultry mistress of Daniel Day-Lewis' Guido Contini.

Cruz won an Oscar in the same category last year for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

Maury Yeston, the Tony-winning songwriter who penned the original 1982 stage musical, scored a nomination in the original song category for "Take It All," for which he wrote the music and the lyrics. The song was performed in the film by Marion Cotillard.

"Nine" also received nominations in the art direction category (John Myhre and Gordon Sim) and the costume category (Colleen Atwood).

The movie musical had been widely hyped as an Oscar contender, but its chances stalled after it failed to take home any prizes at the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award ceremonies.

-- David Ng

Photo: Penélope Cruz. Credit: Franco Origlia / Getty Images

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