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Oscar Nominations Announced

January 22, 2009 at 9:01 AM | by | ()

"We have a new camera focused on the press, so try not to fall asleep," joked Michael Seligman, longtime Academy Awards producer in the waning minutes before this year's Oscar nominations were announced at 8:30 this morning. We're not actually in the room, but we're as restless as a basket of kittens over here. (Go Team Winslet!)

Best Picture: "The Reader" (set in Berlin); "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (New Orleans, mostly); "Frost/Nixon" (London), "Milk" (San Francisco) and "Slumdog Millionaire" (India).

Best Actor: Richard Jenkins for "The Visitor"; Frank Langella for "Frost/Nixon"; Sean Penn for "Milk"; Brad Pitt for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler."

Best Actress: Anne Hathaway for "Rachel Getting Married"; Angelina Jolie for "Changeling"; Melissa Leo for the little seen indie drama "Frozen River"; Meryl Streep for "Doubt" and Kate Winslet for "The Reader."

Best Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin for "Milk"; Robert Downey Jr. for "Tropic Thunder" (LOL!); Philip Seymour Hoffman for "Doubt," the late great Heath Ledger for "The Dark Knight" and Michael Shannon for "Revolutionary Road."

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams for "Doubt"; Viola Davis for "Doubt"; Taraji P. Henson for "Benjamin Button"; Marisa Tomei for "The Wrestler" and Penelope Cruz for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

Other tidbits: "...Benjamin Button" led the pack with 13 nominations overall; "Slumdog Millionaire" had 10. The five countries represented in Best Foreign Film are Germany ("The Baader Meinhof Complex"), Japan ("Departures"), Israel ("Waltz with Bashir"), Austria ("Revanche") and France (Cannes top pick "The Class.") And we're totally cheered to see that Martin McDonagh picked up a Best Screenplay nomination for our favorite travel movie of 2008, "In Bruges." See you at the ceremony!

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· List of 81st annual Oscar nominations [AP via Google]
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· Last Year: "No Country" Cattle Guns the Competition [Jaunted]
· Celeb Travel coverage [Jaunted]

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Archived Comments:

Sally Hawkins was robbed!

Also Rosemarie DeWitt for "Rachel Getting Married" and Cate Blanchett for "...Benjamin Button." What do you think? Who got the short end of the stick this year?

i love cate blanchette

i think she is the best actress ever! hello, she played bob dylan! also, i really hope angelina jolie wins for changeling or kate winslet for the reader. not anne hathaway. she looked like she was foaming at the mouth for the golden globes, expecting to win it and then kate stole it away.