Atonement Powers Ahead In Oscar Nominations

British film Atonement has scored seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

13-year-old star, Irish schoolgirl Saoirse Ronan, is in the running for the title of Best Supporting Actress.

But there was disappointment for one of the films stars Keira Knightley, who missed out on a best actress nomination.

Fellow Brit Julie Christie is nominated as Best Actress for her role as an Alzeimer's sufferer in Away From Her.

Daniel Day-Lewis picked up a best actor nomination for There Will Be Blood.

The other best picture contenders are legal thriller Michael Clayton, the Coen brothers' drama No Country For Old Men, Texan oil epic There Will Be Blood and teen pregnancy saga Juno.

Heavyweight offerings There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men lead the pack with eight nominations each.

Atonement's seven nominations are for best picture, best supporting actress, art direction, cinematography, costume design, music and adapted screenplay.


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