Oscar Nominees Released

Announced yesterday, this year’s nominations for the 81st annual Academy Awards broke records and caused some unanticipated surprises.

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” took the lead for most nominations with 13 picks including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. Meryl Streep, who already holds the most nominations for any actor or actress, added a thirteenth nomination to her incredible record for her work in “Doubt.”

Slumdog Millionaire, Golden Globe winner for Best Picture, received 10 nominations. The power couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, will grace the red carpet again as they are both nominated for acting honors. Kate Winslet, who took home two awards at the Golden Globes, was only nominated for her work in “The Reader” and not for her role in “Revolutionary Road.” Rarely favored by Hollywood, It was no surprise Leonardo DiCaprio received no nominations. However, Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road” was picked for Best Supporting-Actor.

It came as no shock that Heath Ledger was nominated for Best-Supporting. It was however, a surprise to see Robert Downey Jr. on the list for his comical role in “Tropic Thunder”.


Academy Awards will take place on February 22.

Complete list of Oscar Nominations:

Best Picture: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Milk,” “The Reader,” “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Actor: Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”; Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”; Sean Penn, “Milk”; Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler.”
Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”; Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”; Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”; Meryl Streep, “Doubt”; Kate Winslet, “The Reader.”
Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, “Milk”; Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”; Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”; Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”; Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road.”
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.”
Director: David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”; Gus Van Sant, “Milk”; Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”; Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Foreign Film: “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” Germany; “The Class,” France; “Departures,” Japan; “Revanche,” Austria; “Waltz With Bashir,” Israel.
Adapted Screenplay: Eric Roth and Robin Swicord, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; John Patrick Shanley, “Doubt”; Peter Morgan, “Frost/Nixon”; David Hare, “The Reader”; Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Original Screenplay: Courtney Hunt, “Frozen River”; Mike Leigh, “Happy-Go-Lucky”; Martin McDonagh, “In Bruges”; Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”; Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter, “WALL-E.”
Animated Feature Film: “Bolt”; “Kung Fu Panda”; “WALL-E.”
Art Direction: “Changeling,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Duchess,” “Revolutionary Road.”
Cinematography: “Changeling,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Reader,” “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Sound Mixing: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “WALL-E,” “Wanted.”
Sound Editing: “The Dark Knight,” “Iron Man,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “WALL-E,” “Wanted.”
Original Score: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Alexandre Desplat; “Defiance,” James Newton Howard; “Milk,” Danny Elfman; “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman; “WALL-E,” Thomas Newman.
Original Song: “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E,” Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman; “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Gulzar; “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam.
Costume: “Australia,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Duchess,” “Milk,” “Revolutionary Road.”
Documentary Feature: “The Betrayal (Nerakhoon),” “Encounters at the End of the World,” “The Garden,” “Man on Wire,” “Trouble the Water.”
Documentary (short subject): “The Conscience of Nhem En,” “The Final Inch,” “Smile Pinki,” “The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306.”
Film Editing: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Milk,” “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Makeup: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.”
Animated Short Film: “La Maison en Petits Cubes,” “Lavatory – Lovestory,” “Oktapodi,” “Presto,” “This Way Up.”
Live Action Short Film: “Auf der Strecke (On the Line),” “Manon on the Asphalt,” “New Boy,” “The Pig,” “Spielzeugland (Toyland).”
Visual Effects: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “Iron Man.”

  1. Benjamin Button was a good movie, but I can’t believe it got sooo many nominations! Anyone seen Slumdog Millionaire? I’m curious whether it’s as good as they say…

  2. I am a HUGE fan of the awards, mainly because more often than not, I rarely have time to sit and enjoy a complete flick. You can count on me to be cuddle up on my couch Sunday night, sipping some vino applauding this year’s winners.

  3. It would be an outrage if Mickey Rourke doesn’t win it for The Wrestler. But man, is it hard to look at his face!! Would it be inappropriate if they blurred out his face when he wins like some dude busted on the TV show cops?

  4. I’m not a Brad or Angelina fan. So I never thought I’d see the day when either of them would be up for an award let alone at the same time. Poor Jennifer Aniston. Oh wait, I’m not a fan of hers either.

  5. The Slumdog Millionare won a lot of People’s Choice awards too! I wonder if it is good with all of these awards!

  6. I really have no desire to see Slumdog. Even if it wins. But I DO really want to see Frost/Nixon. My sister and I have always been fascinated with the Watergate events.

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