Int'l Indian Academy Award noms announced

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NEW DELHI -- The eighth annual International Indian Film Academy Awards nominations were announced Thursday for this year's event, set for June 7-10 in Yorkshire, England.

The IIFAs, organized by Mumbai-based event management company Wizcraft Entertainment, are held overseas every year with cities such as Johannesburg, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, among others, hosting the awards in the past.

The actioner "Dhoom 2" (Uproar), "Rang De Basanti" (Paint It Yellow), "Omkara" and the superhero caper "Krrish" lead the pack among the nominations.

Best picture nominees include "Dhoom 2"; "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" (Never Say Goodbye), a tale of marital infidelity; "Krrish"; the comedy hit "Lage Raho Munnabhai" (Keep Going Munnabhai); "Rang De Basanti"; and the romantic "Vivaah" (Marriage).

Best performance in a leading role (male) includes nominations for Shah Rukh Khan for his portrayal of a jet-setting gangster in "Don," Hrithik Roshan as a superhero in "Krrish," Sanjay Dutt in the comic lead in "Lage Raho Munnabhai" and Ajay Devgan in "Omkara."

Aishwarya Rai in "Dhoom 2," Kajol in "Fanaa" (Destroyed In Love), Kangana Ranaut in "Gangster," Rani Mukherji in "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna," Vidya Balan in "Lage Raho Munnabhai" and Kareena Kapoor in "Omkara" are the nominees for best performance in a leading role (female).

The nominees for each category are shortlisted by an industry panel, with the voting managed and monitored by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Online voting for the IIFAs is hosted on MSN India inviting fans from India and worldwide to cast their votes before May 25.

"The IIFA Awards is the only event that allows viewers from across the world to decide the best performances in Indian Cinema and we are excited to bring this to fans around the globe," MSN India executive producer Krishna Prasad said.
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