Oscar Noms Announced

Now that we are thankfully done with all of the other never-heard-of-before tchotchke awards that were handed out this year, we move finally to the big one. The Super Bowl of film: the Academy Awards.

Yes, in the grand scheme of things, all of this seems like one big self-serving, pat-on-the-back-fest. And it is. But for those of us that are entertained by movies; those of us that live and work in the industry - those of us that look at this as art rather than just business - that 8.5 pound statuette of a Knight, standing on a reel of film, holding a crusaders sword and nicknamed Oscar is a monumental achievement to lay claim to.

This morning actor Forrest Whittaker, along with AMPAAS prez Sid Gannis announced this year's nominees for the 81st annual Academy Awards.

Counting the list of nominations, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons" leads the pack with 13 nominations with "Slumdog Millionaire" taking second at 10. "The Dark Knight" got 8, including Heath Ledger for Supporting Actor, Art Direction, Cinematography, Visual Effects and Film Editing, but surprisingly got snubbed for a Best Picture nom.

Listed below are the major nominations people are most concerned with. For a printable ballot listing all the nominations, click here (pdf).

For the complete list of all the nominations, visit the APMAAS site.

Best Picture:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director:
Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher - Benjamin Button
Ron Howard - Frost/Nixon
Stephen Daldry - The Reader
Gus Van Sant - Milk

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

Actress in a Leading Role:
Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Melissa Leo - Frozen River
Meryl Streep - Doubt
Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road

Actor in a Supporting Role:
Josh Brolin - Milk
Robert Downey, Jr. - Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon - The Reader

Actress in a Supporting Role:
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 Original Screenplay:
Frozen River
In Bruges

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader Slumdog Millionaire

Best Animated Film:
Kung Fu Panda

Best Foreign Language Film:
The Baader Meinhof Complex
The Class
Waltz With Bashir

1 comment:

J_Jammer said...

I think the Dark Knight should have been nominated for Best Picture. I don't think it would have won, but it should have been nominated instead of the long drawn out The Reader.

Also why nominate a dead guy? So those who are nominated can feel cheap if they win? That's classy.

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