The 81st Academy Award Nominations

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The 81st Academy Award nominations were announced on January 22, 2009 and the awards were presented on February 22, 2009.  The Curious Case of Benjamin received the most nominations with thirteen and Slumdog Millionaire followed with ten nominations.  Heath Ledger won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor posthumously after passing away on January 22, 2008.

Best Picture:

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Frost/Nixon

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Milk

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The Reader

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WINNER:  Slumdog Millionaire

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Best Director:

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WINNER:  Danny Boyle—Slumdog Millionaire

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David Fincher—The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Ron Howard—Frost/Nixon

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Gus Van Sant—Milk

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Stephen Daldry—The Reader

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Best Actor:

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Richard Jenkins—The Visitor

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Frank Langella—Frost/Nixon

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WINNER:  Sean Penn—Milk

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Brad Pitt—The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Mickey Rourke—The Wrester

Best Actress:

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Anne Hathaway—Rachel Getting Married

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Angelina Jolie—Changeling

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Melissa Leo—Frozen River

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Meryl Streep—Doubt

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WINNER:  Kate Winslet—The Reader

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Best Supporting Actor:

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Josh Brolin—Milk

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Robert Downey Jr.—Tropic Thunder

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Philip Seymour Hoffman—Doubt

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WINNER:  Heath Ledger—The Dark Knight

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Michael Shannon—Revolutionary Road

Best Supporting Actress:

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Amy Adams—Doubt

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WINNER:  Penelope Cruz—Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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Viola Davis—Doubt

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Taraji P. Henson—The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Marisa Tomei—The Wrestler

Best Original Screenplay:

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Frozen River

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Happy-Go-Lucky

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In Bruges

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WINNER:  Milk

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WALL-E

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Best Adapted Screenplay:

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Doubt

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Frost/Nixon

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The Reader

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WINNER:  Slumdog Millionaire

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Best Animated Feature:

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Bolt

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Kung Fu Panda

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WINNER:  WALL-E

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Best Foreign Language Film:

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The Baader Meinhof Complex

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The Class

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WINNER:  Departures

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Revanche

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Waltz with Bashir

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Best Documentary Feature:

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The Betrayal

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Encounters at the End of the World

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The Garden

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WINNER:  Man on Wire

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Trouble the Water

Best Documentary Short Subject:

The Conscience of Nhem En—Steven Okazaki

The Final Inch

WINNER:  Smile Pinki

The Witness:  From the Balcony of Room 306

Best Live Action Short Film:

Lavatory

WINNER:  La Maison en Petits Cubes

Oktapodi

Presto

This Way Up

Best Original Score:

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Defiance

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Milk

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WINNER:  Slumdog Millionaire

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WALL-E

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Best Original Song:

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“Down to Earth”—WALL-E

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WINNER:  “Jai Ho”—Slumdog Millionaire

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“O Saya”—Slumdog Millionaire

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Best Sound Editing:

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WINNER:  The Dark Knight

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Iron Man

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Slumdog Millionaire

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WALL-E

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Wanted

Best Sound Mixing:

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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The Dark Knight

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WINNER:  Slumdog Millionaire

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WALL-E

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Wanted

Best Art Direction:

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Changeling

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WINNER:  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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The Dark Knight

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The Duchess

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Revolutionary Road

Best Cinematography:

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Changeling

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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The Dark Knight

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The Reader

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WINNER:  Slumdog Millionaire

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Best Makeup:

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WINNER:  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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The Dark Knight

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Hellboy II:  The Golden Army

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Best Costume Design:

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Australia

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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WINNER:  The Duchess

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Milk

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Revolutionary Road

Best Film Editing:

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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The Dark Knight

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Frost/Nixon

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Milk

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WINNER:  Slumdog Millionaire

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Best Visual Effects:

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WINNER:  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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The Dark Knight

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Iron Man

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