Oscar Nominations Announced: Benjamin Button Leads With 13

The Dark Knight racks up eight.

Nominations are in! First thing on everybody's mind: The Dark Knight's "snub." Fans were hopeful it'd get the Best Picture nomination (especially with its strong support in other awards ceremonies), though it did get seven technical awards and the requisite Heath Ledger Supporting Actor nom.

The nearly Rotten The Reader makes a surprisingly strong showing, with a Best Picture and Best Director nod, and a switcheroo for Kate Winslet to Best Actress from Best Supporting Actress, leaving that category open for this year's favorite, Penelope Cruz.

Further surprises include the absence of Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky (who took home the Golden Globe weeks prior) and Bruce Springsteen for Best Original Song in The Wrestler. (In addition, there were plenty of hold-outs hoping for a Wrestler Best Picture and Best Director.) But no doubt Robert Downey Jr's Supporting Actor nom is a bright spot for eager comedy fans.

The best-reviewed movie of the year, WALL-E, was always a very long shot for Best Picture, and will settle for a virtual lock in the Best Animated Picture category. With its presence in other categories, WALL-E currently holds the highest number of nominations ever for a CGI film. In addition, the Best Screenplay nod for Andrew Stanton continues Pixar's quiet and impressive streak in that category.



Best Motion Picture of the Year


The Reader
The Reader
60%


Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
94%


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
71%


Milk
Milk
93%


Frost Nixon
Frost/Nixon
91%



Best Achievement in Directing

Stephen Daldry
The Reader
The Reader
60%

Danny Boyle
Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
94%

David Fincher
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
71%

Gus Van Sant
Milk
Milk
93%

Ron Howard
Frost Nixon
Frost/Nixon
91%



Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
71%

Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke
The Wrestler
98%

Sean Penn
Sean Penn
Milk
93%

Frank Langella
Frank Langella
Frost/Nixon
91%

Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins
The Visitor
91%



Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
The Reader
60%

Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Doubt
78%

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
Rachel Getting Married
87%

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
Changeling
59%

Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
Frozen River
86%



Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger
The Dark Knight
94%

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman/
Doubt
78%

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr
Tropic Thunder
83%

Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin
Milk
93%

Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon
Revolutionary Road
68%



Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Marisa Tomei
Marisa Tomei
The Wrestler
98%

Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
81%

Amy Adams
Amy Adams
Doubt
78%

Viola Davis
Viola Davis
Doubt
78%

Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P Henson
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
71%




Original Screenplay Adapted Screenplay
Frozen River (86%) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (71%)
Happy-Go-Lucky (93%) Doubt (78%)
In Bruges (81%) Frost/Nixon (91%)
Milk (93%) The Reader (60%)
WALL-E (96%) Slumdog Millionaire (94%)
Foreign Language Film Documentary, Features
The Baader Meinhof Complex from Germany (82%) The Betrayal (91%)
The Class from France (96%) Encounters at the End of the World (93%)
Revanche from Austria The Garden
Departures from Japan Man on Wire (100%)
Waltz With Bashir from Israel (95%) Trouble the Water (97%)
Animated Feature Film Cinematography
Bolt (85%) Changeling (59%)
Kung Fu Panda (88%) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (71%)
WALL-E (96%) The Dark Knight (94%)
The Reader (60%)
Slumdog Millionaire (94%)
Art Direction Costume Design
Changeling (59%) Australia (53%)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (71%) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (71%)
The Dark Knight (94%) The Duchess (60%)
The Duchess (60%) Milk (93%)
Revolutionary Road (68%) Revolutionary Road (68%)
Editing Sound
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (71%) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (71%)
The Dark Knight (94%) The Dark Knight (94%)
Frost/Nixon (91%) Slumdog Millionaire (94%)
Slumdog Millionaire (94%) WALL-E (96%)
Milk (93%) Wanted (73%)
Sound Editing Visual Effects
The Dark Knight (94%) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (71%)
Iron Man (93%) The Dark Knight (94%)
Slumdog Millionaire (94%) Iron Man (93%)
WALL-E (96%)
Wanted (73%)
Makeup Original Song
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (71%) "Jai Ho": Slumdog Millionaire (94%)
The Dark Knight (94%) "O Saya": Slumdog Millionaire (94%)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (88%) "Down to Earth": WALL-E (96%)
Original Score Short Film, Animated
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (71%) La Maison en Petits Cubes
Defiance (52%) Lavatory - Lovestory
Milk (93%) Oktapodi
Slumdog Millionaire (94%) Presto
WALL-E (96%) This Way Up
Short Film, Live Action Documentary, Short Subject
On the Line The Conscience of Nhem En
Manon on the Asphalt The Final Inch
New Boy Smile Pinki
The Pig The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306
Toyland

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