Oscars 2009 Nominations: See The Shortlist Here

Brad Pitt starring Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons scoops 13 nods

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button leads the field with thirteen nominations for this year’s Academy Awards which take place in Los Angeles on February 22.

Starring Brad Pitt, who is up for the Best Actor award, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is also up for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress amongst it’s haul of 13.

Closely behind is Brit Danny Boyle‘s Slumdog Millionaire, which gets the nod in ten categories, including Best Film and Best Director.


The new Gus Van Sant film Milk has also received eight nominations, the same as the Dark Knight, for which Heath Ledger gets a posthumous nod for Best Supporting Actor.

For more on this year’s Oscars, and to have your say on this year’s nominated films, go to Uncut’s film blog The View From Here now.

Here are the nominees in the main categories for the 81st Academy Awards:


Best picture

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button



The Reader

Slumdog Millionaire

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 actor

Richard Jenkins – The Visitor

Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon

Sean Penn – Milk

Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Best actress

Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married

Angelina Jolie – Changeling

Melissa Leo – Frozen River

Meryl Streep – Doubt

Kate Winslet – The Reader

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 foreign language film

Revanche – Austria

The Class – France

The Baader Meinhof Complex – Germany

Departures – Japan

Waltz With Bashir – Israel

Best animated feature film


Kung Fu Panda


Best adapted screenplay

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button



The Reader

Slumdog Millionaire

Best original screenplay




In Bruges

Frozen River

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