By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated February 12, 2003 04:16 PM

“Chicago” producer Martin Richards, whose film received 13 nominations Tuesday, including Best Picture, told that he was celebrating by having dinner with friends. “And I’ll drink some vodka,” he said happily.

The musical, based on Bob Fosse’s 1975 Broadway show, received more nominations than any other film this year and is perceived to have a lock on the top prize.

Martin Scorsese’s brutal epic, “Gangs of New York,” followed with 10, and “The Hours,” the literary drama with Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Ed Harris, received nine.

For Streep, 53, her Supporting Actress nomination, for “Adaptation,” marked a record: she has now surpassed movie legend Katharine Hepburn, 95, in career nominations: 13.

“I am thrilled and honored to be nominated,” Streep said in a statement, “and also aghast that anybody could imagine that I could surpass the unsurpassable Katharine Hepburn in any category whatsoever. But it’s lovely to even be mentioned in the same sentence.”

Nicole Kidman, 35, speaking from London, grew nostalgic over her Best Actress nomination for “The Hours.” In a statement she said, “I remember sitting in my living room in Sydney (Australia) watching the Academy Awards when I was 10 years old in my dressing gown,” she said. “It was just another world. So it’s slightly surreal to me.”

Julianne Moore, 42, has the distinction of receiving two nominations this year, for “The Hours” as Supporting Actress, and as Best Actress for “Far From Heaven.”

“I can’t believe it,” Moore told the New York Daily News. “I’m kind of blown away by this whole thing.”

Diane Lane, nominated for “Unfaithful,” admitted to being “dumbfounded” by the nomination, and she had some words of empathy for her costar in that movie, Richard Gere, who was not nominated for his role in “Chicago” (for which he had won the Golden Globe).

“He’s with me in spirit,” Lane, 38, told the “Today” show.