Kevin Costner is doubtless dancing for joy today.

His epic Western "Dances With Wolves" managed to round up 12 Oscar nominations, including best picture and, for Costner himself, best actor and director.If that's not enough, the film also cracked the $100 million mark at the box office this week.

It's no surprise that "Dances With Wolves" led the nominations for the 63rd annual Academy Awards, though few expected it would receive so many.

But the amazing level of acceptance it received from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was nothing compared to several other surprises among the remaining nominees:

- "Dick Tracy," of all films, tied with "The Godfather, Part III" for second place with seven nominations. Al Pacino was nominated for best supporting actor for "Tracy" but ignored as best actor for "Godfather III." However, Andy Garcia was nominated as best supporting actor for "Godfather III."

- Julia Roberts received a nod as best actress for "Pretty Woman," though it was shut out of every other category. (This is Roberts' second nomination; she received a best supporting actress nomination last year for "Steel Magnolias").

- And, unquestionably the biggest surprise of all, the most financially successful film of last year - "Ghost" - was among those nominated for best picture. "Ghost" also received four other nominations - best supporting actress (Whoopi Goldberg), original screenplay, original (musical) score and editing.

Cynical film critics around the country led off their Oscar nomination predictions last week with comments like, "Don't look for `Ghost' or `Pretty Woman' to be among the major nominees . . . ." But lo and behold, there they are.

In addition to "Dances With Wolves" and "Ghost," the other three best picture nominees were, as expected, "The Godfather, Part III," "Awakenings" and "GoodFellas."

Aside from Roberts, the best actress nominees were also more predictable - Kathy Bates, "Misery"; Anjelica Huston, "The Grifters"; Meryl Streep, "Postcards from the Edge"; and Joanne Woodward, "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge." (The latter film has not yet played in Salt Lake City.)

In addition to Costner, best actor nominees were Robert De Niro, "Awakenings"; Gerard Depardieu, "Cyrano de Bergerac"; Richard Harris, "The Field"; and Jeremy Irons, "Reversal of Fortune." ("Cyrano" and "The Field" have also not yet come to Salt Lake theaters.)

There were no real surprises in the supporting categories.

Best supporting actress nominees: Annette Bening, "The Grifters"; Lorraine Bracco, "GoodFellas"; Whoopi Goldberg, "Ghost"; Diane Ladd, "Wild at Heart"; and Mary McDonnell, "Dances With Wolves."

Best supporting actor nominees: Pacino for "Dick Tracy" and Garcia for "The Godfather, Part III"; Bruce Davison, "Longtime Companion"; Graham Greene, "Dances With Wolves"; Joe Pesci, "GoodFellas."

In the best director category there were two splits with the best picture category - "Ghost" director Jerry Zucker failed to get a nomination, as did Penny Marshall for "Awakenings."

The latter was a particular surprise since there was much talk in the industry about Marshall's potential to become the first American woman to receive a best director nomination. (Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller was nominated in 1976 for "Seven Beauties.")

On the other side, Stephen Frears did get a directing nomination for "The Grifters," as did Barbet Schroeder for "Reversal of Fortune," though their films did not receive best picture nominations.

The remaining two best director nominees were Martin Scorsese for "GoodFellas" and Francis Ford Coppola for "The Godfather, Part III."

The usual barometer for the best director Oscar is the Directors Guild of America awards. But this year two of the guild nominees were ignored in major categories by the Academy - Barry Levinson for "Avalon" and Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore for "Cinema Paradiso."

The 12 nominations for "Dances With Wolves" is only the second time in 25 years one film has received so many - "Reds" was the other in 1981. The record is 13, received by "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in 1965. (The record-holder as winner is "Ben-Hur" with 11 (it received 12 nominations).

Like "Ghost," the French film "Cyrano de Bergerac" earned five nominations. "The Grifters" received four.

"Home Alone," a late box-office bloomer that has eclipsed 1990's No. 1 hit "Ghost," managed two nominations - best original score and song.

A special achievement Oscar for visual effects has already been announced for "Total Recall." And veteran actresses Myrna Loy and Sophia Loren will receive special Oscars as well. Billy Crystal will again host the awards ceremony in the Shrine Auditorium.

Thought it's obviously a little early to speculate on who among the nominees in various categories might come up winners when Oscars are presented on Monday, March 25, it's interesting to note that if Costner were to win both the best actor and best director awards it would be the first time in movie history that has happened.

Such double nominations have occurred in the past, however:

Last year Kenneth Branagh was nominated as best actor and director for "Henry V."

Warren Beatty was so nominated twice - in 1981 for Reds (he won as best director) and in 1978 as best actor and co-director (with Buck Henry) for "Heaven Can Wait."

Woody Allen in 1977 for "Annie Hall" (he won best director).

Laurence Olivier in 1948 for "Hamlet" (he won as best actor).

And the first time occurred in 1941 - Orson Welles for "Citizen Kane."


63rd annual Oscar nominees


Here is a complete list of nominees for the 63rd annual Academy Awards announced Wednesday:

1. PICTURE: "Awakenings," "Dances With Wolves," "Ghost," "The Godfather, Part III," "GoodFellas."

2. ACTOR: Kevin Costner, "Dances With Wolves"; Robert De Niro, "Awakenings"; Gerard Depardieu, "Cyrano de Bergerac"; Richard Harris, "The Field"; Jeremy Irons, "Reversal of Fortune."

3. ACTRESS: Kathy Bates, "Misery"; Anjelica Huston, "The Grifters"; Julia Roberts, "Pretty Woman"; Meryl Streep, "Postcards From the Edge"; Joanne Woodward, "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge."

4. SUPPORTING ACTOR: Bruce Davison, "Longtime Companion"; Andy Garcia, "The Godfather, Part III"; Graham Greene, "Dances With Wolves"; Al Pacino, "Dick Tracy' " Joe Pesci, "GoodFellas."

5. SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Annette Bening, "The Grifters"; Lorraine Bracco, "GoodFellas"; Whoopi Goldberg, "Ghost"; Diane Ladd, "Wild at Heart"; Mary McDonnell, "Dances With Wolves."

6. DIRECTOR: Kevin Costner, "Dances With Wolves"; Francis Ford Coppola, "The Godfather, Part III"; Martin Scorcese, "GoodFellas"; Stephen Frears, "The Grifters"; Barbet Schroeder, "Reversal of Fortune."

7. ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Woody Allen, "Alice"; Barry Levinson, "Avalon"; Bruce Joel Rubin, "Ghost"; Peter Weir, "Green Card"; Whit Stillman, "Metropolitan."

8. ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Steven Zaillian, "Awakenings"; Michael Blake, "Dances With Wolves"; Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorcese, "GoodFellas"; Donald E. Westlake, "The Grifters"; Nicholas Kazan, "Reversal of Fortune."

9. FOREIGN FILM: "Cyrano de Bergerac," France; "Journey of Hope, Switzerland; "Ju Dou," People's Republic of China; "The Nasty Girl," Germany; "Open Doors," Italy.

10. ART DIRECTION: "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Dances With Wolves," "Dick Tracy," "The Godfather, Part III," "Hamlet."

11. CINEMATOGRAPHY: "Avalon," "Dances With Wolves," "Dick Tracy," "The Godfather Part III," "Henry & June."

12. COSTUME DESIGN: "Avalon," "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Dances With Wolves," "Dick Tracy," "Hamlet."

13. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: "American Dream," "Berkeley in the Sixties," "Building Bombs," "Forever Activists: Stories From the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade," "Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey."

14. DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT: "Burning Down Tomorrow," "Chimps: So Like Us," "Days of Waiting," "Journey Into Life: The World of the Unborn," "Rose Kennedy: A Life to Remember."

15. FILM EDITING: "Dances With Wolves," "Ghost," "The Godfather Part III," "GoodFellas," "The Hunt for Red October."

16. MAKEUP: "Cyranco de Bergerac," "Dick Tracy," "Edward Scissorhands."

17. MUSIC ORIGINAL SCORE: Randy Newman, "Avalon"; John Barry, "Dances With Wolves"; Maurice Jarre, "Ghost"; David Grusin, "Havana"; John Williams, "Home Alone."

18. MUSIC ORIGINAL SONG: "Blaze of Glory" from "Young Guns II"; "I'm Checkin' Out" from "Postcards From the Edge"; "Promise Me You'll Remember" from "The Godfather Part"; "Somewhere in My Memory" from "Home Alone"; "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)" from "Dick Tracy."

19. ANIMATED SHORT FILM: "Creature Comforts," "A Grand Day Out," "Grasshoppers (Cavallette)."

20. LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM: "Bronx Cheers," "Dear Rosie," "The Lunch Date," "Senzeni Na? (What Have We Done?)"; "12:01 p.m."

21. SOUND: "Dances With Wolves," "Days of Thunder," "Dick Tracy," "The Hunt for Red October," "Total Recall."

22. SOUND EFFECTS EDITING: "Flatliners," "The Hunt for Red October," "Total Recall."