And here are the 81st Annual Academy Awards nominations!

oscars-09Capping off another interminable awards season, the 81st annual Academy Awards nominations have been announced. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button leads the pack with 13 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Director; Slumdog Millionaire has 10, and The Dark Knight and Milk snagged 8 apiece.

In a move that will surprise few, yet still cause riots to break out in chat rooms and comments fields everywhere, The Dark Knight did not get the dark-horse Best Picture nomination fanboys everywhere have been clamoring for. (While I don’t think it it was among the best five pictures of the year in order to deserve a nomination, Frost/Nixon sure as heck wasn’t, either.)

And, predictably, WALL•E was snubbed for a Best Picture nod, leaving it to make do with handily winning this year’s Best Animated Feature category.

You can go to the official Oscars website for the full list, but here are the big ones:

Performance by an actor in a leading role:
• Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor”
• Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon”
• Sean Penn in “Milk”
• Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
• Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role:
• Josh Brolin in “Milk”
• Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder”
• Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt”
• Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight”
• Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road”

Performance by an actress in a leading role:
• Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married”
• Angelina Jolie in “Changeling”
• Melissa Leo in “Frozen River”
• Meryl Streep in “Doubt”
• Kate Winslet in “The Reader”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role:
• Amy Adams in “Doubt”
• Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
• Viola Davis in “Doubt”
• Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
• Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler”

Achievement in directing:
• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” David Fincher
• “Frost/Nixon,” Ron Howard
• “Milk,” Gus Van Sant
• “The Reader,” Stephen Daldry
• “Slumdog Millionaire,” Danny Boyle

Best motion picture of the year:
• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
• “Frost/Nixon”
• “Milk”
• “The Reader”
• “Slumdog Millionaire”

The winners will be announced on Sunday, February 22, on ABC.

Posted on January 22, 2009 at 10:16 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by M@X
    on 2009-01-22 at 17:14

    They really screw wall-e, i mean it totally deserved the nomination for best picture.
    but the thing that really bugs me is that bruce springsteen didnt get nomination for the wrestler.

  2. Written by connor
    on 2009-01-23 at 18:45

    I’m pissed that Eastwood didn’t get a Best Actor nomination, nor a Best Original Song for Gran Torino :(

  3. Written by Zachary
    on 2009-01-25 at 03:11

    My pissy remark:
    Goddmanit and the lack of Synecdoche New York anywhere.
    Picture at least deserved a nod for best song with “Little Person” and/or “Song For Caden”.

  4. Written by Jacob Moore
    on 2009-01-27 at 15:59

    WALL-E, The Dark Knight and The Wrestler all deserved nods. Benjamin Button definitely didn’t deserve as many as it got.

    And for God’s sake, PLEASED don’t anybody tell me “that’s your opinion”. I know it’s my opinion, that’s why I wrote it.

  5. Written by Jacob Moore
    on 2009-01-27 at 16:00

    Aaaaaand I spelled “please” wrong. Awesome.

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