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2009 Oscar Nominations

Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionare Win Big at Oscar Nominations

Forest Whitaker woke up early this morning to announce the Oscar nominations in LA. Benjamin Button won the most nominations with a total of 13, and Slumdog Millionaire also scored an impressive 10. Nominees for Best Picture are Slumdog Millionaire, Benjamin Button, Milk, The Reader, and Frost/Nixon. Kate and Leo were passed over for acting in Revolutionary Road as was The Dark Knight for best picture, which we're sure will cause some controversy. Contrary to the Golden Globes, Milk got a ton of recognition, scoring eight nominations including Best Actor for Sean Penn, who will be competing with Brad Pitt and Mickey Rourke. Angelina Jolie's performance in Changeling will be going up against Kate Winslet for Best Actress in The Reader. Heath Ledger got a Best Supporting actor nod posthumously for The Dark Knight, going up against Robert Downey Jr. and Josh Brolin. The Reader, Frost/Nixon and Doubt were also big winners with five nods each. Congratulations to all of the nominees — check out the full list here!


spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
* :woohoo: for Robert Downey Jr. my bad :P
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
I'm suprised that Kate didn't get nominated for RR, but I hope she wins for The Reader- she deserves it! And :whoohoo: for Robert Downey Jr! I also hope that Iron Man wins something- that movie was amazing :D
lilvix lilvix 8 years
I think The Dark Knight was robbed for a best pic nom. It wasn't_the_ best (Slumdog was in my opinion) but certainly one the best. And definitely better than the oscar-baiting The Reader and Milk. Of course the Academy has demonstrated it's lack of taste before in giving a horrible movie like Crash a best pic oscar.
Amesabelle Amesabelle 8 years
If you read the whole comment, kanderso specifically mentions that the powers that be want them at their "events", meaning more than one event, meaning not just the Oscars. But they don't get nominated all the time. I think they will get more nominations now, though, based on their star power. Both of them probably have the potential to be really good actors - BP is definitely striving with the interesting choices he makes. Kate Winslet is consistently excellent, as is Cate Blanchett. I've seen few of the nominated films this year, so I can't be objective.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
You'll notice I wasn't limiting my comment to Oscars. They've both had many nominations for a variety of awards: Who could have known that you were talking about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's total award nominations (since this is an Oscar thread)? And even if that was the case, the number of times they have been nominated doesn't even come close to the "all the time" numbers of Eastwood and Streep.
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
Yeah the Oscars are kind of a joke to me too. I agree the really best movies or performances that don't involve big names tend to get overlooked sometimes. IMO I hope Kate wins this Oscar for best actress, she delivers every time and is phenomenal every time.
Amesabelle Amesabelle 8 years
There is definitely an element of "who will get us more viewers" with the Oscar nominations. It's almost formulaic - they're kind of a joke.
Joanna Joanna 8 years
All the shows are just oscar bait. Kate does give a good performance and I think Micky R. gives a outstanding perfor- mance but neither the Changeling and Benjamin Button were anything outstanding. The best movies never even get nonminated. I don't watch anyway so really don't care. I think it is a total waste of money to put on the show.
LaurAsh988 LaurAsh988 8 years
Simbaspaws: Angelina won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2000 for Girl, Interrupted.
LaurAsh988 LaurAsh988 8 years
It's a good bunch tihs year. I have some movies I need to catch up on I see. I've only seen The Curious Case of Benjamin Button out of the nominees for Best Picture. It was WONDERFUL!
kanderso kanderso 8 years
You'll notice I wasn't limiting my comment to Oscars. They've both had many nominations for a variety of awards: (Angie) (Brad) Also, I highly doubt ANYONE can see a movie with an actor that they really dislike (or really like) and be completely unbiased, though I'd say most of us who are movie buffs at least try to critically view the film instead of having a predetermined opinion. That being said, I have liked some of Brangelina's work in the past (Fight Club and Girl Interrupted, for example) but this recent stuff is nothing more than Oscar bait. Nothing spectacular (and I say this as someone who saw both the Changling and Benjamin Button - and even came into Benjamin Button thinking it would be a great film).
simbaspaws simbaspaws 8 years
I thought Angelina won an oscar for "Gia". Maybe I am wrong???
simbaspaws simbaspaws 8 years
Upps my bad of course Anne Hathaway did not win a Globe..I am an idiot. I guess it was Screen Actors Guild Awards...but that made it worse...her speech was like she had won an Oscar....
pequeña pequeña 8 years
I agree Amanda, both Sally Jenkins and Kristin Scott Thomas were terrific in their roles. Such a shame they aren't nominated. I don't know what's the big deal about Kate forgetting Angelina. She was very nervous because she had just won her second Golden Globe and that's why she forgot, she wasn't being catty or anything.
Juicylemon Juicylemon 8 years
Kate Winslet has been nominated ''all the time'' also. 5 times or more. Which is well deserved. AJ has been nominated for Girl Interrupted in 1999 (and won) and now for the Changeling. Brad Pitt for 12 monkeys in 96 and now for Benjamin Buttons. Correct me if I'm wrong.
justlookaround justlookaround 8 years
i agree with nominations except one: how could academy forget Keira knightley to best actress? the duchess is amaizng and she does a brilliant performance, but okay... who am i?! :(
Cinquettacubina2 Cinquettacubina2 8 years
You know what I wish? I wish people could separate their hate and dislike for an actor from the role they portray in a movie. People seem so bent on judging a performance by their own personal opinion of the actors private-public life and it seems unfair. I adore Leo DiCaprio. I knew he was going to be a star even when I was a kid looking at him on Growing Pains, but I don't think his role as Frank Wheeler was Oscar worthy. I love Angelina Jolie and think she is one of the best actresses of her generation, but I think her role in A Mighty Heart was the one that should have been nominated over the role in Changeling and won't be unhappy when she loses to Kate Winslet who I'm not that fond of, but who acted her ass off twice even if i think RR is a bit overrated in my opinion. I'm not mad that Clint Eastwood who I love, didn't get a nod. I loved Heath Ledger from the first time I saw him on ROAR, but would i have been upset if he wasn't nominated? no. Point is, I'm going by the work and not my love or dislike, and reading some of your picks, it's all about the opposite. It's your right to have that opinion but it seems unfair to the actor that the work is being put on the backburner in favor of being judged based on gossip columns and tabliod formed mindsets.
eveday eveday 8 years
Tiabia :highfive:
tiabia tiabia 8 years
I have no clue why Brangelina have to be nominated all the time, Really, "all the time". Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are not amongst the group of Hollywood actors that is nominated "all the time". Meryl Streep would be a person that happens to be nominated "all the time". Not that she isn't deserving. Another would be Cate Blanchett, who I'm surprised isn't on here, just because she's usually one that is nominated "all the time".
Cinquettacubina2 Cinquettacubina2 8 years
nygurl, I don't know why some people even think because "they think" someone doesn't deserve something it's should be the correct thought for all.
nygurl nygurl 8 years
I like both Brand and Angelina, and regardless of what some people think, they do deserve their oscar noms this year, but highly doubt that either one will go home with a statue. I can only speak for myself, but Anne Hathaway does not impress me. Kate Winslet is overdue so maybe this is her year (???). As for best actor, I'm not sure if it will be Penn or Rourke. That will be interesting to see..... As for the rest, I'm hoping Heath comes out on top and rooting for Taraji or Viola for best supporting actress.
eveday eveday 8 years
*like when we're listing our favorite movies.
eveday eveday 8 years
LOVE ANGELINA, I still think that was an honest mistake -- like when we're listing our favorite, we momentaneously forget one's name and say out loud "which is the other one?". I don't think she was being catty with Jolie at all. It was the haters who blew that out of proportion -- the petty people who tried to turn that into "Oh, My God, she despises Jolie as much as I do" crap.
Angelina won't win. I can safely say that if there was year she had a chance it was for A Mighty Heart even though she was heartbreakingly wonderful in The Changeling, I just know Angie won't win but being nominated means that Hollywood still knows she is a talented amazing actress and they still consider her a force to be reckoned with. Angelina is 33 years old and I know she will have another Oscar because I know she is an awesome actress. If she had been snubbed this year I would have been devastated because it means they don't even acknowledge her anymore but thankfully she is and I will get to see her at the awards and she will look amazing. :love: I could care less who wins. I happen to like all the actresses nominated and I used to really like Kate Winslet until she pulled that "Whose the other one?" crap at the Golden Globes and for those people who think I overreacted about that, go to, click on the videos section, click GOLDEN GLOBES, and then look at the title of Kate Winslet's second speech video and tell me I overreacted. I know exactly what I am talking about. Thankfully the supposedly Ryan Secreast snub distracted the media from blowing that outta of proportion but whatever it was uncalled for.
kanderso kanderso 8 years
I have no clue why Brangelina have to be nominated all the time, because they never win and they never even deserve to be nominated. So many better performances get overlooked every year because The Hollywood Powers That Be feel like they need the headline grabbers at their events in order for people to watch. Pitt's performance in Benjamin Button was competent, if a little snooze worthy, in comparison with, say, Leo's performance in Revolutionary Road, which was outstanding. Angelina's performance in The Changling was overwrought and insincere. I guess that's politics for you though. I thought RDJ was fantstic in Tropic Thunder. I'm pleased he got the nomination. I'm rooting for Langella or Rourke for Best Actor and Winslet for Best Actress.
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