BEVERLY HILLS — The race is on, the red carpet race, that is, for the 79th annual Academy Awards.

Nominations were announced today and the Oscars are to be awarded on Feb. 25.

Among the key fashion-connected nominees are:

BEST ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz, “Volver”
Judi Dench, “Notes on a Scandal”
Helen Mirren, “The Queen”
Meryl Streep, “The Devil Wears Prada”
Kate Winslet, “Little Children”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Adriana Barraza, “Babel”
Abigail Breslin, “Little Miss Sunshine”
Cate Blanchett, “Notes On A Scandal”
Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls”
Rinko Kikuchi, “Babel”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“Curse of the Golden Flower,” Chung Man Yee
“The Devil Wears Prada,” Patricia Field
“Dreamgirls,” Sharen Davis
“Marie Antionette,” Milena Canonero
“The Queen,” Consolata Boyle

For complete coverage see tomorrow’s issue of WWD.

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