Benjamin Button leads Oscar nominees

By Tim Surette

Jan 22, 2009

The biggest awards show on television is…about movies. Yes, the Oscars are nearly upon us and it all begins with today's announcement of this year's nominees. The Curious Case of Brad Pitt's Bottom Benjamin Button leads all films with 13 nominations, including one for Best Picture.

There were no real surprises in the Best Picture category, with fan-favorite Slumdog Millionaire up for the prize against Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, and Milk. However, it could be argued (and I would fight to the death over this) that Wall-E deserved to be in there somewhere.

Mickey Rourke continues his comeback trail with a Best Acting nod for his role as a washed-up mat jockey in The Wrestler. He'll be up against Brad Pitt (Benjamin Button), Sean Penn (Milk), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor).

Kate Winslet looks to add to her mantle in the Best Actress category for The Reader (she won a pair of Golden Globes earlier this year for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress). She'll do battle with Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Melissa Leo (Frozen River), and Meryl Streep (Doubt).

Other highlights include Heath Ledger getting a posthumous nod for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight, directing nominations going to the directors of all five Best Picture nominees (again…boring), Robert Downey Jr. up for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Tropic Thunder (I still don't understand this one), and the awesomely entertaining Man on Wire up for Best Documentary. One quick prediction: I'll eat my shoe if Benjamin Button doesn't win the Oscar for Best Makeup.

The 81st Academy Awards will be televised February 22 at 5PT/8ET on ABC. A partial list of nominees is below, for a full list, head over to the official Web site of The Oscars.

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Richard Jenkins in The Visitor (Overture Films)
Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon (Universal)
Sean Penn in Milk (Focus Features)
Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Josh Brolin in Milk (Focus Features)
Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt (Miramax)
Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.)
Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married (Sony Pictures Classics)
Angelina Jolie in Changeling (Universal)
Melissa Leo in Frozen River (Sony Pictures Classics)
Meryl Streep in Doubt (Miramax)
Kate Winslet in The Reader (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams in Doubt (Miramax)
Penélope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (The Weinstein Company)
Viola Davis in Doubt (Miramax)
Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler (Fox Searchlight)

Best animated feature film of the year
Bolt (Walt Disney)
Kung Fu Panda
WALL-E (Walt Disney)

Best director of the year
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount and Warner Bros.) David Fincher
Frost/Nixon (Universal) Ron Howard
Milk (Focus Features) Gus Van Sant
The Reader (The Weinstein Company) Stephen Daldry
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight) Danny Boyle

Best picture of the year
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

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  • cactusjack39 Feb 23, 2009

    I hope Kate wins Best Actress.

  • GrandCross21 Feb 23, 2009

    Benjamin Button for Best Picture

  • Yasser-24 Feb 21, 2009

    i can't believe Revolutionary road is not nominationd in The BEST Moive of Year , and Leo and Kate should be nominations , I know Kate is nominated for Reader but still.

  • seantuck Jan 28, 2009

    i was a little disspointed with the nominees. Kate Winslet should have been nominated for Revolutionary Road and the movie should have been nominated for Best Picture too, imo.

  • eros_han Jan 28, 2009

    to shadowhawk0393
    "in bruges" actually got a nom for best scrennplay.

    Do wish heath would win. and as everybody else am puzzled over Downeys nom. Hes a great actor no doubt, but its certainly not an oscar worthy performance.

  • Merlot90 Jan 27, 2009

    Heath Ledger is going to win. But who will accept the price and will they then give it back to the academy? So that can put it in a museum? One thing is clear as daytime, Heath will win.

  • hrgaffney Jan 26, 2009

    Heath Ledger is most likely the winner for best actor.

  • an9el215 Jan 24, 2009

    I'm glad that Heath Ledger was nominated for an Oscar. He definitely deserves the nod because I doubt I'll ever see a villian that excellently played.

  • Kadodian Jan 23, 2009

    Benjamin Button has a good storyline but it was done in a very boring way.

  • mgeurts22 Jan 23, 2009

    Mickey Rourke should get the nod for Best Actor. His performance in The Wrestler was absolutely fantastic. Nobody else could have nailed that the way Rourke did. There's a reason Nic Cage was asked to bow out for the role.

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