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Elizabeth' Best picture nominee

LOS ANGELES, March 18 -- Queen Elizabeth I plays a part in two of the five movies nominated for an Oscar for best picture. Cate Blanchett and Gwyneth Paltrow each won Golden Globes for best actress for their breakthrough roles in 'Elizabeth' and 'Shakespeare In Love,' respectively.

But the tone of the two Elizabethan movies is vastly different. While 'Shakespeare In Love' is a romantic comedy about William Shakespeare's love affair with an aspiring actress, 'Elizabeth' portrays the Virgin Queen's battles to save her life and her crown amid attempts to fix her up with prospective suitors. The little-known Blanchett has gotten rave reviews for her performance as the queen opposite Joseph Fiennes, Richard Attenborough and Geoffrey Rush, who's nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for his role in 'Shakespeare In Love.' Along with best movie, 'Elizabeth' is up for six other Oscars -- best actress (Blanchett), art direction, cinematography, costume design, makeup and original dramatic score. 'Shakespeare In Love' and the three World War II era dramas 'Life Is Beautiful,' 'The Thin Red Line' and 'Saving Private Ryan' are also up for best picture. ---

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