The nominees for the 2009 Academy Awards were announced this morning and fittingly, Heath Ledger was nominated exactly one year to the day after his death. But, there were plenty of snubs and surprises.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took the lead with 13 nominations, followed by Slumdog Millionaire with 10. But even with so many nominations, none of the actors from Slumdog were nominated. The actors from Revolutionary Road were similarly shut out, with no nominations for Kate Winslet, or Leonardo DiCaprio, though Kate did get a best actress nomination for her role in The Reader. While Milk was snubbed at the Golden Globes, it received four Oscar nominations in big categories. Though the Globes had many wacky supporting actor nominations for films like Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder, Oscar's only quirky nomination was Robert Downey Jr. for his role as an Australian actor who plays a black man and winds up taking home the Oscar. Could life imitate the art that is Tropic Thunder? Below, a complete list of the nominees.
The nominees for best picture are "Frost/Nixon," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Milk," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Reader."
The nominees for best actor are Sean Penn ("Milk"), Frank Langella ("Frost/Nixon"), Mickey Rourke ("The Wrestler"), Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") and Brad Pitt ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button").
The nominees for best actress are Kate Winslet ("The Reader"), Anne Hathaway ("Rachel Getting Married"), Meryl Streep ("Doubt"), Angelina Jolie ("Changeling") and Melissa Leo ("Frozen River").
The nominees for best supporting actor are Heath Ledger ("The Dark Knight"), Josh Brolin ("Milk"), Michael Shannon ("Revolutionary Road"), Robert Downey Jr. ("Tropic Thunder") and Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Doubt").
The nominees for best supporting actress are Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), Amy Adams ("Doubt"), Viola Davis ("Doubt"), Taraji P. Henson ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and Marisa Tomei ("The Wrestler").
The nominees for best director are David Fincher ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"), Gus Van Sant ("Milk"), Ron Howard ("Frost/Nixon") and Stephen Daldry ("The Reader").
The nominees for best animated feature are "WALL-E," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Bolt."
The nominees for best original screenplay are "In Bruges," "WALL-E," "Frozen River," "Milk" and "Happy-Go-Lucky."
The nominees for best adapted screenplay are "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," "The Reader" and "Doubt."
The Oscars will be presented on February 22 from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.