BEVERLY HILLS — Hollywood barely had a chance to catch its breath from the Golden Globes frenzy when the buzz started anew Tuesday morning as Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Frank Pierson and Sigourney Weaver announced the nominations for the 76th Annual Academy Awards. As noted, the Oscars have moved up a month to Feb. 29 to better compete with the Globes.

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As the crowning fashion event of awards season — some say of the entire year, for that matter — the Oscars cause weeks of speculation about who’s wearing whom and ensuing months of discussion about who wore what — and why.

Behind the seams, the action is even more intense. Has Carolina Herrera again designed something for Renée Zellweger? What will Charlize Theron wear after her Christian Dior at the Globes? As a reputed favorite for an Oscar, with stellar looks and talent, the actress is a designer’s dream and no doubt the sketches have been pouring into the fax machine of her stylist, Lisa Michelle Boyd. And as the actress with the fewest designer allegiances (and sole Aussie nominee), will Naomi Watts surprise everyone? An added bonus: Fashion darling Sofia Coppola made history, netting nods for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Will her friend, Marc Jacobs, outdo himself and whip up something three times as fabulous, or will she go for Azzedine Alaïa again?

Best Actress:

  • Keisha Castle-Hughes, “Whale Rider”
  • Diane Keaton, “Something’s Gotta Give”
  • Samantha Morton, “In America”
  • Charlize Theron, “Monster”
  • Naomi Watts, “21 Grams”

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Shohreh Aghdashloo, “House of Sand and Fog”
  • Patricia Clarkson, “Pieces of April”
  • Marcia Gay Harden, “Mystic River”
  • Holly Hunter, “Thirteen”
  • Renée Zellweger, “Cold Mountain”