Oscar Nominations 2009

BATD ON Jan 22, 2009 AT 4:14 pm

‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ has been nominated for 13 Oscars. The movie is up for an incredible haul of accolades at the 81st Academy Awards, including Best Director for David Fincher, Best Actor for lead star Brad Pitt and the coveted Best Picture prize.

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

The movie will go up against ‘Frost/Nixon’, ‘Milk’, ‘The Reader’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ for Best Picture. Rags-to-riches tale ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ received the second most nominations – which were announced at a ceremony in Beverly Hills today (22.01.09) – receiving nods in 10 different categories, including Best Director for British filmmaker Danny Boyle.

Heath Ledger – who died of an accidental prescription overdose last January – is posthumously up for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as The Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’. Surprisingly, the critically-acclaimed Batman movie is not up for any of the other main accolades.

Heath Ledger as The Joker

Heath Ledger as The Joker

Double Golden Globe winner Kate Winslet will be hoping to take home her first Academy Award after being nominated for Best Actress for her performance in ‘The Reader’.

She will go up against ‘Rachel Getting Married’ star Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep – who has been recognised for ‘Doubt’ – Melissa Leo in ‘Frozen River’, and Angelina Jolie, who received a nod for her performance in ‘Changeling’.

Angelina’s partner Brad faces competition for the Best Actor gong from ‘The Wrestler’ star Mickey Rourke, ‘Milk’ actor Sean Penn, Richard Jenkins, who has been recognised for ‘The Visitor’, and ‘Frost/ Nixon’ star Frank Langella.

The 81st Academy Awards take place on February 22 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

81st Academy Awards main nominations:

Best Picture:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor:
Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Best Actress:
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Melissa Leo – Frozen River
Meryl Street – Doubt
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Kate Winslet – The Reader

Amy Adams in Doubt

Amy Adams in Doubt

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 Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams  – Doubt
Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Taraji P. Henson  – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

Milk

Milk

Best 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

Best Animated Feature Film:
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
Wall-E

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt
Frost/Nixon
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Screenplay:
Frozen River
Happy-Go-Lucky
In Bruges
Milk
Wall-E

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