Oscar 2009 – 81st Annual Academy Award Nominations

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Oscar Nominations 2009

The 81st Annual Academy Award nominations have been announced. Academy award winner Forest Whitaker and movie producer Sid Ganis had the privilege to announce the 81st Academy Award Oscar Nominations at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Leading the 81st Annual Academy Awards nominations list is “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button” with 13 nominations – Best picture, Performance by an actor in a leading role (Brad Pitt), Performance by an actress in a supporting role (Taraji P. Henson), Directing (David Fincher), Adapted screenplay, Art direction, Cinematography, Costume design, Film editing, Makeup, Sound mixing, Visual effects and Original score.

Slumdog Millionaire” has 10 nominations – Best picture, Directing (Danny Boyle), Adapted screenplay, Cinematography, Film editing, Original score, Original song – “Jai Ho,” Original song – “O Saya,” Sound editing and Sound mixing.

Heath Ledger got a postmortem nomination on the one-year anniversary of his tragic death for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Joker in “The Dark Knight,” so including this, Performance by an actor in a supporting role, the movie has 8 nominatons – Art direction, Cinematography, Film editing, Makeup, Sound editing, Sound mixing and Visual effects.

Wall-E” has six, “Frost/Nixon” “Doubt” and “The Reader” five, but “Gran Torino” “Che” “I’ve Loved You So Long” not getting any major nominations.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona” only scoring a nomination for Penelope Cruz and “In Bruges” only getting a screenplay nomination!?

Take a look at the complete list:

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

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Richard Jenkins (“The Visitor”)
Frank Langella (“Frost/Nixon”)
Sean Penn (“Milk”)
Brad Pitt (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”)
Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler”)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Anne Hathaway (“Rachel Getting Married”)
Angelina Jolie (“Changeling”)
Melissa Leo (“Frozen River”)
Meryl Streep (“Doubt”)
Kate Winslet (“The Reader”)

DIRECTING
David Fincher (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”)
Ron Howard (“Frost/Nixon”)
Gus Van Sant (“Milk”)
Stephen Daldry (“The Reader”)
Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire)

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Josh Brolin (“Milk”)
Robert Downey Jr. (“Tropic Thunder”)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Doubt”)
Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight”)
Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”)

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams (“Doubt”)
Penelope Cruz (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”)
Viola Davis (“Doubt”)
Taraji P. Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”)
Marisa Tomei (“The Wrestler”)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Baader Meinhoff Complex
Class
Departures
Revanche
Waltz With Bashir

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“Bolt”
“Kung Fu Panda”
“Wall-E”

SCREENPLAY (Adapted)
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Doubt”
“Frost/Nixon”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire””

SCREENPLAY (Original)
“Frozen River”
“Happy-Go-Lucky”
“In Bruges”
“Milk”
“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”

COSTUME DESIGN
“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”

MUSIC (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”

MUSIC (SONG)
“Down to Earth” from “WALL-E”
“Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire”
“O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire”

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
“La Maison en Petits Cubes”
”Lavatory — Lovestory”
”Oktapodi”
”Presto”
”This Way Up”

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
“Auf der Strecke (On the Line)”
”Manon on the Asphalt”
”New Boy”
”The Pig”
”Spielzeugland (Toyland)”

SOUND EDITING
“The Dark Knight”
“Iron Man”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“WALL-E”
“Wanted”

SOUND MIXING
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“‘WALL-E”
“Wanted”

VISUAL EFFECTS
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
The Dark Knight”
“Iron Man”

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  • fernando garcia rivas says:

    I haven´t seen every Oscar nominees for Best picture, but i guess \The curios case of Benjamin Button\ has many chances to be chosen for the top honor.
    Why some moviegoers surprised for the omission of Eastwood´s \Gran Torino\?
    We known that every year there´s always a terrible exclusion for many good and remarcable pictures, but Eastwwood has been awarded twice for both \Unforgiven\ (1993) and \Million dollar baby\ (2004), winnig over such almost critical unanimous films as \The crying game\ and \Howards end\ and \The aviator\ and \Sideways\.
    If i was member of the Academy, my vote sure will be for \The curios case of Benjamin Button\, not only for the reason that David Fincher is a remarcable filmmaker, but also the film deserves the Oscar for his great production values. How many times we see a three hours flik and our atention remains until the last scene, beautiful ending?

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