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Categories announced for Oscar picks contest

chance to win $50

February 08, 2007

Take a shot at winning $50 by guessing who you think will win Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 25, by participating in The Herald-Mail's fourth Oscar picks contest.

Pick the winners from 10 categories to win:

1. Picture: "Babel," "The Departed," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Little Miss Sunshine," or "The Queen."

2. Director: Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu, "Babel"; Martin Scorsese, "The Departed"; Clint Eastwood, "Letters From Iwo Jima"; Stephen Frears, "The Queen"; or Paul Greengrass, "United 93."

3. Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, "Blood Diamond"; Ryan Gosling, "Half Nelson"; Peter O'Toole, "Venus"; Will Smith, "The Pursuit of Happyness"; or Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland."

4. Actress: Penlope Cruz, "Volver"; Judi Dench, "Notes on a Scandal"; Helen Mirren, "The Queen"; Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada"; or Kate Winslet, "Little Children."

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5. Supporting actor: Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine"; Jackie Earle Haley, "Little Children"; Djimon Hounsou, "Blood Diamond"; Eddie Murphy, "Dreamgirls"; or Mark Wahlberg, "The Departed."

6. Supporting actress: Adriana Barraza, "Babel"; Cate Blanchett, "Notes on a Scandal"; Abigail Breslin, "Little Miss Sunshine"; Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"; or Rinko Kikuchi, "Babel."

7. Adapted screenplay: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham, Dan Mazer and Todd Phillips, "Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"; Alfonso Cuarn, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, "Children of Men"; William Monahan, "The Departed"; Todd Field and Tom Perrotta, "Little Children"; or Patrick Marber, "Notes on a Scandal."

8. Original screenplay: Guillermo Arriaga, "Babel"; Iris Yamashita and Paul Haggis, "Letters From Iwo Jima"; Michael Arndt, "Little Miss Sunshine"; Guillermo del Toro, "Pan's Labyrinth"; or Peter Morgan, "The Queen."

9. Animated film: "Cars," "Happy Feet," or "Monster House."

10. Foreign language film: "After the Wedding," Denmark; "Days of Glory (Indignes)," Algeria; "The Lives of Others," Germany; "Pan's Labyrinth," Mexico; or "Water," Canada.

Contest entry guidelines

To be eligible to win, contestants must live in Washington or Frederick counties in Maryland; Franklin or Fulton counties in Pennsylvania; or Berkeley, Jefferson or Morgan counties in West Virginia.

Mail entries to Oscar Picks Contest; c/o Lifestyle; The Herald-Mail Co.; P.O. Box 439; Hagerstown, MD 21741; or e-mail entries to lifestyle@herald-mail.com. Please type "Oscar picks" in the subject line. Please include your name and a phone number.

Entries are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

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