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Oscars 2009 Nominees
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Oscars 2009 Nominees

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With 13 nominations, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” leads the field of Academy Award contenders announced this morning, Jan. 22, in Los Angeles. As expected, “Slumdog Millionaire” scored big too, with 10 nominations.

Heath Ledger was recognized for his supporting role in The Dark Knight, but a widely anticipated Best Picture nomination didn’t happen, and director Christopher Nolan came up empty as well. Other notable snubs: Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio’s turns in “Gran Torino” and “Revolutionary Road”, respectively.

The Academy Awards will be handed out on Feb. 22. Below, the list of nominees for the main categories:

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

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

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

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”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

Comment(3)

  1. Anyone else mad that Leo is getting snubbed again? He should have one for Blood Diamond…. now not even getting nominated… It seems like Revolutionary Road just got snubbed in general for the most part…

  2. It’s my suspicion that the powers that be are keeping Leo hungry to get a few more films out of him.

    Moreover, I don’t think Mickey Rourke has contributed sufficiently to artistically relevant films to be worthy of a “going away Oscar.” While I haven’t seen The Wrestler, the large number of drug-induced twitches that interrupted his Golden Globe acceptance speech suggests that his best years are far, far behind him.

  3. I am shocked that The Dark Knight did not get more nominations. At least for screenplay. Honestly, I though Aaron Eckhart should be nominated. His role as Harvey Dent had a lot of range.

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