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Oscar nominees

Heath Ledger scores a nomination for The Dark Knight in the 2009 Academy Awards and there's a costume nod for Australia.

Forrest Whitaker and Academy President Sid Ganis will unveil the 81st Academy Awards nominations at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Thursday, January 22 at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time. That’s 12:30am Friday AEDT (or tonight if you prefer).

10 of the 24 award categories will be announced by the two men.

In years gone by the nominations announcement could have been seen in Australia on the NBC Today Show when it used to air at 12 midnight (although even then it was delayed). Alas, your best place to hopefully see this live in Oz will be via news channels on Pay Television with channels like CNN.

At least for the first time ever, the Oscars themselves will be live on Channel Nine Monday February 23rd, hosted by Hugh Jackman. Movie Extra also screens the awards.

UPDATED:
BEST PICTURE
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

BEST ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

BEST ACTOR
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
Sean Penn, “Milk”
Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”
Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
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 SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”
David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Gus Van Sant, “Milk”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”
Courtney Hunt, “Frozen River”
Mike Leigh, “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Marttin McDonagh, “In Bruges”
Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, “WALL-E”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”
David Hare, “The Reader”
Peter Morgan, “Frost/Nixon”
John Patrick Shanley, “Doubt”
Eric Roth, Robin Swicord, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“The Baader-Meinhof Complex” (Germany)
“The Class” (France)
“Departures” (Japan)
“Revanche” (Austria)
“Waltz with Bashir” (Israel)

BEST ANIMATED FILM
“Bolt”
“Kung Fu Panda”
“Wall-E”

BEST ART DIRECTION
“Changeling”
“The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button”
“Dark Knight”
“The Duchess”
“Revolutionary Road”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Changeling” Tom Stern
“Slumdog Millionaire,” Anthony Dod Mantle
“The Reader,” Chris Menges
“The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button,” Claudio Miranda
“The Dark Knight,” Wally Pfister,

BEST FILM EDITING
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall
“The Dark Knight,” Lee Smith
“Frost/Nixon,” Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill
“Milk,” Elliot Graham
“Slumdog Millionaire,” Chris Dickens

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“Australia,” Catherine Martin
“The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button,” Jacqueline West
“The Duchess,” Michael O’Conner
“Milk”, Danny Glicker
“Revolutionary Road,” Albert Wolsky

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)”
“Encounters at the End of the World”
“The Garden”
“Man on Wire”
“Trouble the Water”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Jai Ho,” A.R. Rahman
“Slumdog Millionaire,” “O Saya,” A.R. Rahman & M.I.A.
“Wall-E,” “Down To Earth,” Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
“The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button,” Alexandre Desplat
“Defiance,” James Newton Howard
“Milk,” Danny Elfman
“Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman
“WALL-E,” Thomas Newman

BEST MAKEUP
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Colleen Callaghan, Fionagh Cush
“The Dark Knight,” Peter Robb-King, John Caglione Jr.
“Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” Mike Elizalde, Thom Floutz

Aus nominees:
Heath Ledger, Supporting Actor Dark Knight
Catherine Martin, Costume Australia
Ben Snow, Visual Effects Iron Man
Lee Smith, Editing Dark Knight

12 Responses

  1. All the nominations for Ben Button is a joke. It’s a very nice looking movie, extremely well done on the technical side. So Visual Effects, Make Up, cinematography ect it deserves nominations.
    Best Movie… No way!
    Best adapted screenplay? What a joke, the screen play was terribly written.

    I wonder when people voting for make up, and brad pitts performance, will actually be aware he doesn’t appear in the first 55minutes of the film. It’s a CG head on other actors bodies.

  2. I saw The Reader recently in London, what a load of crap. Contrived, pretentious, hated it. kate was good in it, but not her best. I bet she will win actress and u will here me screaming. I am in a dilemma about actor. Richard Jenkins…..brilliant, Frank Langella….masterful, extraordinary, Sean Penn….well say no more he is brilliant as always, yet to see Mickey or Brad. I am sure both great. Wow what a category this year. Was sad to see that Kristen Scott Thomas was omitted. Back to The Reader. I am so not a Steven Daldry fan (as a filmaker) he manipulates the audience so obviously it is cringe worthy. It is fine in the theatre. He is not a good filmaker. But he is perfect Oscar fodder i guess. i am sure when he saw Holocaust in the synopsis of The Reader he started to salivate. Anyway my one choice to win the Oscar, I always have one. Is Wall.E, it is a gr8 movie, and I know it will win. So after my scream for Kate’s win, you will here me cheering for Wall E. By the way I am a huge Kate fan.

  3. Very surprised Revolutionary Road wasn’t nominated for Best Picture or Best Actor or Best Actress. Great flick and great performances. Don’t understand why Benjamin Button is apparently held in much higher regard.

  4. I miss the days of The Today Show being on at midnight, now I have to tape it and watch the next night. Not that big a deal but it was IMO the perfect time for it & IIRC it was in that slot for something like 15 years maybe more.

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