January 19, 2004 09:55 AM

Nicole Kidman can finally feel the chill of “Cold Mountain,” following Monday morning’s announcement of the nominations for this year’s BAFTA awards, Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars, reports PEOPLE.

Last year’s Oscar winner (for “The Hours”) has been snubbed, despite the fact that “Cold Mountain,” a Civil War” drama, topped the list of nominees with an impressive 13 nods, including one for best actor to Jude Law and a best supporting actress nod for Renee Zellweger.

Its director, Anthony Minghella, was also nominated by BAFTA, despite the fact that the Directors Guild of America failed to nominate him in its awards competition — a fact that may reverberate in the Oscar nominations.

Meanwhile, Kidman’s friend and countrywoman Naomi Watts has taken her place, it appears, for her turn in “21 Grams.”

Both Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn received double nods in the best actor and actress categories, her for “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and “Lost in Translation,” and him for “21 Grams” and “Mystic River.” This double whammy has only occurred three previous times in the award’s history.

“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “Girl With a Pearl Earring” scored big, with 12 and 10 nominations each, including a best supporting actor nod to the former’s Ian McKellen, who plays the wizard Gandalf.

Hot on their heels are “Master and Commander: Far Side of the World” and “Lost in Translation,” with eight. All those, along with “Cold Mountain,” were nominated for best picture, along with “Big Fish.”

Law and Penn will compete against Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”) and Benicio Del Toro (“21 Grams”) for best actor.

In addition to Johansson and Watts, best-actress nominations went to Anne Reid (“The Mother”) and Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill — Vol. 1”).

BAFTA will hand out its awards Feb. 15, two weeks before the big Oscar night.

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