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“The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button” Leads Pack Of Oscar Nominees
Posted by LaDale Anderson on Jan 22, 2009 - 6:53:32 AM

BEVERLY HILLS—The 81st Academy Award nominations were announced on Thursday, Jan. 22, by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and leading the pack of nominees was the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” with 13 nominations including Best Picture.  Following close behind in nominations was “Slumdog Millionaire” with 10 nominations and the films “Milk” and “The Dark Knight” who both tied with eight nominations.  “Button” will face tough competition in the Best Picture category against the films “Frost/Nixon,” “Milk,” “The Reader” and “Slumdog Millionaire” who recently won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture-Drama. 


Brad Pitt scored a nod for Best Actor for his emotionally powerful performance in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”   Pitt will do battle against Richard Jenkins for “The Visitor,” Sean Penn for “Milk,” Frank Langella for “Frost/Nixon” and Mickey Rourke for “The Wrestler.” 

The film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" leads this year's pack of Oscar nominees with 13 nominations including Best Picture. The film's star, Brad Pitt, picked up a nomination for Best Actor. Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Meryl Streep picked up a record 15th Oscar nomination with a nod for Best Actress for her riveting performance as a nun in the film “Doubt.”  Streep will face-off against Anne Hathaway for “Rachel Getting Married,” Melissa Leo for “Frozen River,” Angelina Jolie for “Changeling” and Kate Winslet for “The Reader.”  Winslet’s nomination for “The Reader” was a shock, because industry insiders expected her to be nominated for her performance in “Revolutionary Road.”  She recently won the Golden Globe for “Revolutionary Road.”   Both Winslet and her co-star Leonardo DiCaprio were overlooked by the Academy for their performances in the film. 


Today was a fitting day for actor Heath Ledger who scored an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his mesmerizing turn as The Joker in the “The Dark Knight.”  It was exactly one year ago today that Ledger was found dead inside his New York apartment.  He has already won the Golden Globe and many are expecting Ledger to take home the Oscar as well.  Ledger will face some tough competition from Josh Brolin for “Milk,” Robert Downey Jr. for “Tropic Thunder,” Phillip Seymour Hoffman for “Doubt” and Michael Shannon for “Revolutionary Road.”  


The nominees for Best Supporting Actress are Amy Adams for “Doubt,” Penelope Cruz for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” Viola Davis for “Doubt,” Marisa Tomei for “The Wrestler” and Taraji P. Henson for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”  Up for Best Director is “Slumdog Millionaire’s” Danny Boyle, Gus Van Sant for “Milk,” David Fincher for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Stephen Daldry for “The Reader” and Ron Howard for “Frost/Nixon.” 

Meryl Streep scored a record 15th Academy Award nomination as she was nominated for Lead Actress for her performance in the film "Doubt." Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Some other snubs at this year’s nominations included the exclusion of Clint Eastwood as Best Actor for “Gran Torino.”  Many expected the film, which has already grossed more than $70 million at the box office, to score Eastwood another acting nomination.  Some industry insiders even expected the film to be up for a Best Picture award.  Dev Patel of “Slumdog Millionaire” was left out amongst the list of nominees for Best Supporting Actor.  “The Dark Knight” failed to score a Best Picture nod despite the fact that it was one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year. The film’s director Christopher Nolan failed to score a nod for Best Director.  Kate Winslet’s husband, Sam Mendes, was also overlooked in the directing category for his work in the film “Revolutionary Road.”

Tune in on Sunday, February 22, to see who takes home the Oscar when the Academy Awards are televised live on ABC at 8:30 p.m. from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. 




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