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January 22, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 22, 2009 |

Here are your 2009 Oscar nominations. There’s only a couple of small, pleasant surprises (Robert Downey, Jr. in Tropic Thunder, Richard Jenkins in The Visitor, and Melissa Leo in Frozen River), but all else is expected: Nothing for The Dark Knight except for Ledger’s supporting nod, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was also apparently nominated for The Pulitzer and The Nobel Prize, as well as every category it was eligible for (it had the most nominations, with 13).

Guess who has two thumbs and is going to be insufferable for the next month?

Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kate Winslet, The Reader

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Josh Brolin, Milk
Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, Doubt
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Taraji P. Henson, Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

Best Achievement in Directing
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant, Milk
Stephen Daldry, The Reader
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Mike Leigh, Happy Go Lucky
Martin McDonagh, In Bruges
Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Andrew Stanton, WALL-E

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
David Hare, The Reader
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Foreign Language Film
The Class
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Waltz with Bashir

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Kung-Fu Panda

Industry | January 22, 2009 |

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