Academy Awards nominee: Nine

Penelope Cruz in Nine

Nominated for: best supporting actress, Penelope Cruz

BY Rachel Helyer-Donaldson LAST UPDATED AT 14:51 ON Tue 2 Feb 2010

The film musical Nine tells the story of Italian film director Guido Contini, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, who has 10 days to go before shooting his new film and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

Not only does Guido have no script, but he has to juggle the demands of the various women in his life - his wife (Marion Cotillard), his long-legged mistress (Penelope Cruz), his gorgeous film star muse (Nicole Kidman), his confidante Lilli (Judi Dench), an American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), his mother (Sophia Loren) and the prostitute who first introduced him to sex (Black Eyed Peas' singer Fergie).

Chicago director Rob Marshall may have put together an ultra-starry cast for his latest film but that was not enough to save Nine bombing at the US box office over Christmas.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID:

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter: "Nine marks the number of terrific acting and singing talents poorly used in this flat rendition of the Broadway musical."

Roger Ebert, the Chicago Sun Times: "There's no urgency, no passion, most of all, no guilt. In fact, the subtext of Catholic guilt, which is central to Fellini, is only hinted at in Nine. But then Nine pays homage to a Broadway musical, and not Fellini at all."

Technical Oscar nominations: best costume design; best original song, best art direction

'Nine' is out on DVD on April 24. · 

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