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FILE PHOTO: Biopic Roles Traditionally Lead As Oscar Nominations Are Announced

(FILE PHOTO) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Virginia Woolf and actress Nicole Kidman. Oscar hype continues this week with the announcement of the nominations for the 84th Academy Awards. Luise Rainer became the first actress to receive an Academy Award for her role in the 1936 biopic 'The Great Ziegfeld,' playing stage performer Anna Held. Over half of the last ten Oscars for best actor or actress have been for performances in a biopic. ***LEFT IMAGE***1930: English novelist, critic and essayist Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941) poses in 1930. Woolf was born in London and regarded as one of the great modern innovators of the novel. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)***RIGHT IMAGE***HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 23: Winner for Best Actress for 'The Hours,' Nicole Kidman poses during the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on March 23, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Biopic roles: Now and Then