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Oscars 2009: The nominees

Here is the complete shortlist for the 81st Academy Awards, which are being held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on 22 February.

Best picture

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Frost/Nixon

Milk

The Reader

Slumdog Millionaire

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 actor

Richard Jenkins - The Visitor

Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon

Sean Penn - Milk

Brad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler

Best actress

Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married

Angelina Jolie - Changeling

Melissa Leo - Frozen River

Meryl Streep - Doubt

Kate Winslet - The Reader

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 foreign language film

Revanche - Austria

The Class - France

The Baader Meinhof Complex - Germany

Departures - Japan

Waltz With Bashir - Israel

Best animated feature film

Bolt

Kung Fu Panda

Wall-E

Best adapted screenplay

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Doubt

Frost/Nixon

The Reader

Slumdog Millionaire

Best original screenplay

Happy-Go-Lucky

Milk

Wall-E

In Bruges

Frozen River

Best original score

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Defiance

Milk

Slumdog Millionaire

Wall-E

Best original song

Down To Earth - Wall-E

Jai Ho - Slumdog Millionaire

O Saya - Slumdog Millionaire

Art direction

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Changeling

The Dark Knight

The Duchess

Revolutionary Road

Cinematography

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Changeling

The Dark Knight

Slumdog Millionaire

The Reader

Costume design

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Australia

Milk

The Duchess

Revolutionary Road

Best original score

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Defiance

Milk

Slumdog Millionaire

Wall-E

Best documentary feature

The Betrayal

Encounters at the End of the World

The Garden

Man on Wire

Trouble The Water

Best documentary short subject

The Conscience of Nhem En

The Final Inch

Smile Pinki

The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306

Film editing

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Dark Knight

Frost/Nixon

Milk

Slumdog Millionaire

Make-up

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Dark Knight

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Best live action short film

Auf der Strecke (On The Line)

Manon on the Asphalt

New Boy

The Pig

Spielzeugland (Toyland)

Best animated short film

La Maison en Petits Cubes

Lavatory - Lovestory

Oktapodi

Presto

This Way Up

Sound editing

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Iron Man

Wanted

Slumdog Millionaire

Wall-E

Sound mixing

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Dark Knight

Wanted

Slumdog Millionaire

Wall-E

Visual effects

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Dark Knight

Iron Man

Notables-

Mickey Rourke & Marisa Tomei nominated for The Wrestler.

Dark Knight got Ledger in but got blanked on Best Film and Best Director. I'm a bit surprised they didn't acknowlage Nolan for best direction, the film got Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Makeup, Film Editing, Cinematography AND Art Direction. Surely the confluence of all these things is down to great direction?

In Bruges got a well deserved nom for Best Original Screenplay

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*shrugs*

I'd like to make some guesses/hopes:

Best Supporting Actor: Robert Downey Jr, Tropic Thunder

Best Animated Feature Film: Wall-E

Best Original Screenplay: Wall-E

Best Original Song: O... Saya (find it and listen to it, it's teh awesome)

Best Makeup: Hellboy II: The Golden Army

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So, all but one of my predictions was wrong. And the Academy made some shit decisions in my opinion.

However, I have only this to say:

At least it wasn't Benjamin Button.

Might actually go see Slumdog now, have heard very good things about it.

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Picture: "Slumdog Millionaire"

Actor: Sean Penn, "Milk"

Actress: Kate Winslet, "The Reader"

Director: Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"

Foreign-Language Film: "Departures," Japan

Original Song: "Slumdog Millionaire" (Jai Ho)

Original Score: "Slumdog Millionaire"

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Jerry Lewis

Film Editing: "Slumdog Millionaire"

Sound Mixing: "Slumdog Millionaire"

Sound Editing: "The Dark Knight"

Visual Effects: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (No. Iron Man.)

Documentary, Short Subject: "Smile Pinki"

Documentary Feature: "Man on Wire"

Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight" (He only won because he died.)

Short Film: "Spielzeugland"

Makeup: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (No. Hellboy II owns this hands down.)

Costume: "The Duchess"

Art Direction: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Animated Short Film: "La Maison en Petits Cubes"

Animated Feature: "WALL-E"

Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire"

Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, "Milk"

Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

Scientific & Technical Awards presented Feb. 7, 2009, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.:

Gordon E. Sawyer Award: Ed Catmull

John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation: Mark Kimball

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Button was a very Academy friendly film, and to see it walk all over films that were a lot more inventive in the technical categories (Hellboy II in make up is the one that stands out to me) is just hurtful to the artform.

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I'm more angry because, between the two categories, Iron Man had the better visual effects in the category, and Hellboy II should have won that make up award.

I can get pictures if we need to. :P

Also, this:

Button was a very Academy friendly film, and to see it walk all over films that were a lot more inventive in the technical categories (Hellboy II in make up is the one that stands out to me) is just hurtful to the artform.
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Does Sean Penn really need another award? I don't see how Mickey Rourke wins every single other major award for Best Actor and then gets jipped at the end for this one. I can't comment on Penn's performance in Milk but I've not heard anyone say it was better than Rourke in The Wrestler.

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Posted this is Dark Knight but thought I'd do it here too:

And those people vote for their prospective categories and best picture.

The Oscars are not People's Choice awards. They are industry awards.

But looking at the big winner, Slumdog Millionaire, it can't be all bad can it? It's probably the best film of the decade.

As far as Ledger goes, the only contender against him in my eyes, was Hoffman. Brolin, whom I admire greatly was nowhere near the caliber of those two in Milk. Penn deserved it too. Best race for best actor in a long time. Would have been nice to see Frank Langella or Richard Jenkins win but there was no denying Penn this year.

As much as I lament the Oscars for being out of touch, this was as close to in touch as they've been probably in my lifetime.

The make-up thing? The Oscars have never really seen monster making as a winner. If Jack Pierce never won then the whole category is a farce anyway.

The sound editing and mixing is something that interests me. I would have liked to see Iron Man get the nod because the audio in that film is flawless. Dark KNight? Where i sat in that packed thetare, I got the impression that the right channel was pretty good. Wish I had a centre seat...

Kate Winslet=most overrated actress of my lifetime. Yawwwwn. But it's not like that category was distinguished this year. Even Streep didn't do it for me in Doubt.

Penn deserved it. Out of all the nominated films I have seen I still haven't see Wrestler but Penn shook that fucker up. Milk is amazing.

Slumdog deserved all it got and more.

One of the biggest jokes about these awards for me is Robert Downey Jr.s Supporting nom for Tropic Thunder. Please! He had better supporting roles last year. What a fucking joke that was.

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Its amazing to me that in this age of digital media I can barely access any of the highlights or skits from this years show. I want to see the Rogan/Franco skit where they name check Necro Butcher!

I can't even find a torrent of the damn thing.

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They clamped down pretty hard on filming the awards if the cameras didn't belong to a TV station, as I understand it.

However, give it a week, and you should be able to find at least the opening number on YouTube somewhere, probably.

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They clamped down pretty hard on filming the awards if the cameras didn't belong to a TV station, as I understand it.

However, give it a week, and you should be able to find at least the opening number on YouTube somewhere, probably.

The Oscars have their own youtube channel. It'll mosdt likely have some stuff in the next few days.

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