Oscar nominees – Benjamin Button leads Slumdog Millionare and The Dark Knight

source: imdb.com

The nominees have been announced for the 81st Academy Awards, and there are surprises, snubs and shocks all round.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button scored a massive 13 nominations, one shy of equalling the record of most ever nominations. It is in the running for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay amongst a string of technical nominations.

Benjamin Button will compete in the Best Picture category with Slumdog Millionaire (10 nominations), Frost/Nixon (5 nominations), Milk (8 nominations) and The Reader (5 nominations).

Although The Dark Knight missed out on Best Picture and Best Director nods, it scored 8 nominations, including one for Heath Ledger in the Best Supporting Actor category.

WALL-E earned 6 nominations, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Animated Feature. It will compete with Bolt and Kung Fu Panda in the animated feature category.

CHECK OUT OUR DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE NOMINEES HERE!

Take a look through the nominations, and tell us what you think in the comments:

Best Motion Picture

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

Best Director

Danny BoyleSlumdog Millionaire
Stephen DaldryThe Reader
David FincherThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron HowardFrost/Nixon
Gus Van SantMilk

Best Actor

Richard JenkinsThe Visitor
Frank LangellaFrost/Nixon
Sean PennMilk
Brad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey RourkeThe Wrestler

Best Actress

Anne HathawayRachel Getting Married
Angelina JolieChangeling
Melissa LeoFrozen River
Meryl StreepDoubt
Kate WinsletThe Reader

Best Supporting Actor

Josh BrolinMilk
Robert Downey JrTropic Thunder
Heath Ledger
The Dark Knight
Philip Seymour HoffmanDoubt
Michael ShannonRevolutionary Road

Best Supporting Actress

Amy AdamsDoubt
Penelope CruzVicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola DavisDoubt
Taraji P. HensonThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa TomeiThe Wrestler

Best Original Screenplay

Frozen River
Happy Go Lucky
In Bruges
Milk
WALL-E

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt
Frost/Nixon
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Cinematography

Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Animated Feature

Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
WALL-E

Best Foreign Language Film

The Baader Meinhof Complex
The Class
Okuribito
Revanche
Waltz With Bashir

Best Documentary Feature

The Betrayal
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Man on Wire
Trouble the Water

See the rest of the nominees here.

The 81st Academy Awards will be held February 22nd, and will be hosted by Hugh Jackman.

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