With 12 nominations, "Chicago" tied with "Gangs of New York" to lead the field for the British Academy Film Awards (aka the Baftas). Among the nods for the silver screen adaptation of the Broadway mus

With 12 nominations, "Chicago" tied with "Gangs of New York" to lead the field for the British Academy Film Awards (aka the Baftas). Among the nods for the silver screen adaptation of the Broadway musical are best film, best director (Rob Marshall), best actress (Renee Zellweger), and two for best supporting actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah).

"Chicago" also earned a nomination for Danny Elfman, John Kander, and Fred Ebb for the Anthony Asquith Award for achievement in music. Also nominated in that category are John Williams ("Catch Me if You Can"), Howard Shore ("Gangs of New York"), Philip Glass ("The Hours"), and Wojciech Kilar ("The Pianist").

The 2003 Baftas, to be held Feb. 23 at London's Odeon, mark the first time the ceremony will take place prior to the U.S. Academy Awards event. Hosted by Stephen Fry, the awards are sponsored by mobile telephone company Orange and will be broadcast live on BBC One. For the full list of nominees, visit the Baftas Web site.

"Chicago" recently topped the winners for the 60th annual Golden Globe Awards, winning three awards in the motion-picture (musical or comedy) field: best picture, best actress (Zellweger), and best actor (Richard Gere). Currently in limited U.S. release, "Chicago" is set to open in wide release Feb. 7. The film was No. 3 at the U.S. box office last week, grossing $8.45 million at just 616 theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations.

The "Chicago" soundtrack was the highest debut last week on The Billboard 200, bowing at No. 4. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 83,000 copies in its first week. Pop singer Anastacia recently completed a music video, directed by Matthew Rolston, for her "Chicago" soundtrack song "Love is a Crime." The clip is expected next month.

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