Academy announces upcoming Oscar nominees

Thursday, January 22, 2009 | 9:33 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Nominees for the 81st Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning with “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” leading with a total of 13 nominations. Listed below are the major nominations.

Best picture

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”



“The Reader”

“Slumdog Millionaire”

Best actor

Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films)

Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)

Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features)

Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)

Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Best actress

Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Angelina Jolie in “Changeling” (Universal)

Melissa Leo in “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Meryl Streep in “Doubt” (Miramax)

Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company)

Tune in Feb. 22nd at 7 p.m. on ABC to see the winners during the Oscar awards show.  

Click here for the full list of nominations.


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