Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood are squaring off once again at the 79th Academy Awards - both legends have picked up Best Director nominations while their movies THE DEPARTED and LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA are in competition for Best Picture. The Departed and Letters From Iwo Jima are up against BABEL, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and THE QUEEN in the Best Picture category. The nominees for Best Director are Scorsese for The Departed, Eastwood for Letters From Iwo Jima, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Babel, Stephen Frears for The Queen and Paul Greengrass for UNITED 93. At the 2005 Oscars, Scorsese's The Aviator lost out in the Best Director and Best Picture categories to Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby. DREAMGIRLS has the most nominations with eight nods including Best Supporting Actor for Eddie Murphy and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Hudson. The nominations for Best Actor are Leonardo Dicaprio for BLOOD DIAMOND, Ryan Gosling for HALF NELSON, PETER O'TOOLE for VENUS, Will Smith for THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS and Forest Whitaker for THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND. O'Toole's nomination is his eighth, although he has never won. He was named the recipient of a Special Oscar For Lifetime Achievement in 2003. The Best Actress nominees are Penelope Cruz for VOLVER, DAME Judi Dench for NOTES ON A SCANDAL, DAME Helen Mirren for THE QUEEN, Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada and Kate Winslet for LITTLE CHILDREN. The ceremony will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on 25 February (07). The full list of nominees for the 79th Annual Academy Awards is as follows: Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role: LEONARDO DICAPRIO - BLOOD DIAMOND RYAN GOSLING - HALF NELSON PETER O'TOOLE - VENUS WILL SMITH - THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS FOREST WHITAKER - THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role: ALAN ARKIN - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE JACKIE EARLE HALEY - LITTLE CHILDREN DJIMON HOUNSOU - BLOOD DIAMOND EDDIE MURPHY - DREAMGIRLS MARK WAHLBERG - THE DEPARTED Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role: PENELOPE CRUZ - VOLVER JUDI DENCH - NOTES ON A SCANDAL HELEN MIRREN - THE QUEEN MERYL STREEP - THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA KATE WINSLET - LITTLE CHILDREN Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role: ADRIANA BARRAZA - BABEL CATE BLANCHETT - NOTES ON A SCANDAL ABIGAIL BRESLIN - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE JENNIFER HUDSON - DREAMGIRLS RINKO KIKUCHI - BABEL Best Animated Feature Film Of The Year: CARS HAPPY FEET MONSTER HOUSE Achievement In Art Direction: DREAMGIRLS THE GOOD SHEPHERD PAN'S LABYRINTH Pirates Of The Caribbean: DEAD MAN'S CHEST THE PRESTIGE Achievement In Cinematography: The Black Dahlia CHILDREN OF MEN THE ILLUSIONIST PAN'S LABYRINTH THE PRESTIGE Achievement In Costume Design: CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA DREAMGIRLS MARIE ANTOINETTE THE QUEEN Achievement In Directing: ALEJANDRO GONZLEZ INARRITU - BABEL MARTIN SCORSESE - THE DEPARTED CLINT EASTWOOD - LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA STEPHEN FREARS - THE QUEEN PAUL GREENGRASS - UNITED 93 Best Documentary Feature: DELIVER US FROM EVIL AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS JESUS CAMP MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY Best Documentary Short Subject: THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT RECYCLED LIFE REHEARSING A DREAM Two Hands Achievement In Film Editing: BABEL BLOOD DIAMOND CHILDREN OF MEN THE DEPARTED UNITED 93 Best Foreign Language Film Of The Year: AFTER THE WEDDING DAYS OF GLORY (INDIGENES) THE LIVES OF OTHERS PAN'S LABYRINTH WATER Achievement In Make-Up: APOCALYPTO CLICK PAN'S LABYRINTH Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Score): BABEL - GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA THE GOOD GERMAN - THOMAS NEWMAN NOTES ON A SCANDAL - PHILIP GLASS PAN'S LABYRINTH - JAVIER NAVARRETE THE QUEEN - ALEXANDRE DESPLAT Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song): AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH - I NEED TO WAKE UP by MELISSA ETHRIDGE DREAMGIRLS - LISTEN by HENRY KRIEGER, SCOTT CUTLER and ANNE PREVEN DREAMGIRLS - LOVE YOU I DO by HENRY KRIEGER and SIEDAH GARRETT CARS - OUR TOWN by Randy Newman DREAMGIRLS - PATIENCE by HENRY KRIEGER and WILLIE REALE Best Motion Picture: BABEL THE DEPARTED LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE THE QUEEN Best Animated Short Film: THE DANISH POET LIFTED THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL Maestro NO TIME FOR NUTS Best Live Action Short Film: BINTA AND THE GREAT IDEA (BINTA Y LA GRAN IDEA) ERAMOS POCOS (ONE TOO MANY) HELMER + SON THE SAVIOUR WEST BANK STORY Achievement In Sound Editing: APOCALYPTO BLOOD DIAMOND FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST Achievement In Sound Mixing: APOCALYPTO BLOOD DIAMOND DREAMGIRLS FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST Achievement In Visual Effects: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST POSEIDON SUPERMAN RETURNS Adapted Screenplay: BORAT CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN CHILDREN OF MEN THE DEPARTED LITTLE CHILDREN NOTES ON A SCANDAL Original Screenplay: BABEL LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE PAN'S LABYRINTH THE QUEEN.