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Fans find Oscar nominees online

Film fans jump on the Web to find out whether their favorite movie is nominated for an Academy Award.

Film fans jumped on the Web this morning to find out whether their favorite movie was nominated for an Academy Award.

They discovered that "American Beauty" led with eight nominations, followed by "The Cider House Rules" and "The Insider" with seven nominations each. Nominees for best actress included Annette Bening for "American Beauty" and Hilary Swank for "Boys Don't Cry," while best actor nominees included Kevin Spacey for "American Beauty" and Sean Penn for "Sweet and Lowdown."

Turning to the Web to get the scoop on Oscar nominees has become a "tradition" in the Internet age--if there is such a thing. Movie sites are booming, and the early morning announcement doesn't coincide with many newspaper deadlines. The nominations were announced at 5:30 a.m. PST by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Robert Rehme and Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman.

Web sites such as the Academy's official Oscar.com site, Mr. Showbiz and the Los Angeles Times Web site all carried the news.

As in past years, some sites were sluggish in providing the news.

This year's Academy Awards ceremony will be held March 26 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.