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Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire and Heath Ledger Score Oscar Nominations

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button leads the Oscar pack with a total of thirteen nods, including ones for Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt) and Best Director (David Fincher). Slumdog Millionaire nabbed a total of ten nominations, including ones for Best Picture, Best Director (Danny Boyle) and Adapted Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy). On the acting front, Doubt is the big leader with all of its leads scoring nominations. Heath Ledger also entered Oscar history with his posthumous Best Supporting Actor nomination for The Dark Knight, one year to the day of his tragic death. One surprise: Clint Eastwood failed to garner an acting nod for Gran Torino.

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The nominees in the major categories are:

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

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

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

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

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 Director
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant – Milk

Best Original Screenplay
Dustin Lance Black – Milk
Courtney Hunt – Frozen River
Mike Leigh – Happy-Go-Lucky
Martin McDonagh – In Bruges
Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Pete Docter – WALL-E

Best Foreign Language Film
The Baader-Meinhof Complex (Germany)
The Class (France)
Departures (Japan)
Revanche (Austria)
Three Monkeys (Turkey)
Waltz with Bashir (Israel) 

Best Animated Film
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
Wall-E

Best Documentary Feature
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Man on Wire
Trouble the Water

Best Original 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

Best Original Song
Slumdog Millionaire – “Jai Ho” – A.R. Rahman
Slumdog Millionaire – “O Saya” – A.R. Rahman & M.I.A.
Wall-E – “Down To Earth” – Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman

The awards ceremony will be held on February 22. For a complete list of nominees, visit the 2009 Oscars website.

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