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Announcing the 2009 Oscar Nominations!

The 81st annual Academy Award nominations were announced this morning and many of the beloved favorites from the Golden Globes are back with Oscar nominations. There is certainly no lack of love in the Academy for (you might have guessed) Slumdog Millionaire, Milk, Doubt and most of all for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — including a Best Actor nomination for Brad Pitt!

The Dark Knight was passed up in the Best Picture category, though Heath Ledger is in fact up for the Best Supporting Actor award — as is Robert Downey Jr. for his role in Tropic Thunder! And Kate Winslet is nominated, this time only up for a Best Actress award for her work in The Reader. Revolutionary Road is recognized in one of the major categories with a nod to Michael Shannon for Best Supporting Actor (the announcement of which was met with some happy shrieks this morning).

Ready to see the rest of this year's Oscar nominees? Just

.

BEST PICTURE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry, The Reader
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant, Milk

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, Doubt
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin, Milk
Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

BEST ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kate Winslet, The Reader

BEST ACTOR
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky
Marttin McDonagh, In Bruges
Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, WALL-E

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
David Hare, The Reader
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt
Eric Roth, Robin Swicord, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

BEST FOREIGN FILM
The Baader-Meinhof Complex (Germany)
The Class (France)
Departures (Japan)
Revanche (Austria)
Waltz with Bashir (Israel)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
Wall-E

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Duchess
Revolutionary Road

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Changeling
Slumdog Millionaire
The Reader
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
Australia
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Duchess
Milk
Revolutionary Road

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Man on Wire
Trouble the Water

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
The Conscience of Nhem En
The Final Inch
Smile Pinki
The Witness from the Balcony of Room 306

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Frost/Nixon
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Defiance
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire
Wall-E

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire
"O Saya" from Slumdog Millionaire
"Down to Earth" from Wall-E

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
La Maison en Petits Cubes
Lavatory — Lovestory
Oktapodi
Presto
This Way Up

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Manon on the Asphalt
New Boy
The Pig
Spielzeugland (Toyland)

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Slumdog Millionaire
Wall-E
Wanted

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
Wall-E
Wanted

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Iron Man

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ChibiCelina ChibiCelina 6 years
Hope Iron Man, The Wrestler, The Dark Knight and Slumdog wins.
sexynsmart sexynsmart 6 years
Heard they are giving $35K gift bags at Oscars. Dont you think with a recession going on with people facing foreclosures and losing thir jobs they can help save someones home or feed a family of 3 for 2 years for that $35k bag of jewels and trips. Hollywood needs to realize what really matters..."give a gift bag, save a family"
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I agree with the nominations for the most part. I love Angelina, but I wish she was nominated last year for "A Mighty Heart" instead because she truly deserved to win that award, whereas her performance in Changeling was supposedly overhyped (still can't bring myself to see that movie because of the emotional content, A Mighty Heart was very difficult to watch as well). I think it's Kate Winslet's turn to win the Oscar. I think Taraji P. Henson should also win for Benjamin Button, as well as Heath Ledger though RDJ was great in Tropic Thunder too.
misskania misskania 7 years
i have no idea that Tropic Thunder was ever an-Oscar material while Leo DiCaprio just a No Way Oscar?
redfirewood redfirewood 7 years
I really feel that STEPHEN MOYER should have been nominated and won Best Actor in a TV Drama. When he is on the screen you find yourself drawn to him and he has a hypnotic presence about him.
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
From what I read, France chose to submit "The Class" as it's foreign language entry rather than "I've Loved You So Long". Only being able to submit one film per country is such a bogus rule, ILYSL was a great film.
Alithyra Alithyra 7 years
I always wish there were more diversity in the nominees. I can't speak for Benjamin Button personally, and I'm sure it was a good film deserving of nods. But 13? Seriously? With Dark Knight shut out of some big awards, and Gran Turino shut out completely? I can agree that maybe Dark Knight doesn't deserve to win Best Picture per se, but it does deserve a chance.Half the problem is that the same group of films sweep the entire ticket rather than the best film of each category winning.
Alithyra Alithyra 7 years
I always wish there were more diversity in the nominees. I can't speak for Benjamin Button personally, and I'm sure it was a good film deserving of nods. But 13? Seriously? With Dark Knight shut out of some big awards, and Gran Turino shut out completely? I can agree that maybe Dark Knight doesn't deserve to win Best Picture per se, but it does deserve a chance. Half the problem is that the same group of films sweep the entire ticket rather than the best film of each category winning.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
On Kate Winslet, if they had to choose one role of hers for a nomination, I think the Oscars got it right in selecting her role in "The Reader."
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
To say more, I'm happy for Kate Winslet (I think her time has come), Mickey Rourke (great comeback!), Robert Downey Jr. (playing a part-within-a-part with two vastly different characters, and being funny at the same time), Penelope Cruz, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, and the wider acclaim for "Milk." I think other awards groups were afraid of the content, but the Oscars saw the great craft that went into the film as a whole.Other movies I liked seeing up there: Wall-E and Waltz With Bashir.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
To say more, I'm happy for Kate Winslet (I think her time has come), Mickey Rourke (great comeback!), Robert Downey Jr. (playing a part-within-a-part with two vastly different characters, and being funny at the same time), Penelope Cruz, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, and the wider acclaim for "Milk." I think other awards groups were afraid of the content, but the Oscars saw the great craft that went into the film as a whole. Other movies I liked seeing up there: Wall-E and Waltz With Bashir.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
This should be interesting. Congratulations to all the nominees.
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
Staceygirl — I found The Wrestler to be very powerful as well. Rourke is actually nominated for a Best Actor award, though, so that's good.
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
Staceygirl — I found <b>The Wrestler</b> to be very powerful as well. Rourke is actually nominated for a Best Actor award, though, so that's good.
Staceygirl Staceygirl 7 years
Why did Micky Rourke/the Wrestler get snubbed for male lead and best picture? That movie had me crying hours after I left the theater, and I'm not normally a crier.
RW-tara RW-tara 7 years
yay! 2 out of 3 songs nominated are from Slumdog M ! A.R. Rehman is a musical genius and a household name in India, he surely deserves an Oscar !
artdeco1 artdeco1 7 years
No Bruce Springsteen with the wrestler, that's not right.My fav's = Sean Penn, Angelina Jolie, Robert Downey Jr,Taraji P. Henson.Best picture = Milk.Best director = David Fincher.
artdeco1 artdeco1 7 years
No Bruce Springsteen with the wrestler, that's not right. My fav's = Sean Penn, Angelina Jolie, Robert Downey Jr,Taraji P. Henson. Best picture = Milk. Best director = David Fincher.
penguins268 penguins268 7 years
I'm going to cry buckets if Anne Hathaway or Angelina Jolie win over Kate Winslet! It would be a travesty!!!
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
bibliophile — I'm surprised about <b>I've Loved You So Long</b> as well. I fully expected it to be included in the Best Foreign Language Film nominations.
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
bibliophile — I'm surprised about I've Loved You So Long as well. I fully expected it to be included in the Best Foreign Language Film nominations.
dannysf dannysf 7 years
I'm so glad the academy recognized Milk!
bibliophile bibliophile 7 years
I'm surprised I've Loved You So Long isn't nominiated for best foreign film. Kristen Scott Thomas was nominated for a GG best actress, so I assumed the academy awards would also give her some love. I mean, Anne Hathaway was chosen over KST? Absurd.
nancita nancita 7 years
That is so weird that Springsteen wasn't nominated, Molly! Totally agreed. These are some of the most interesting Oscar noms I've seen in years...just because they are so unpredictable. Funny that the academy seems to agree with me about Revolutionary Road...not worth all the fuss.
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