Oscar Nominations Announced: Benjamin Button Leads With 13

The Dark Knight racks up eight.

by | January 22, 2009 | Comments

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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