Thursday, January 22, 2009

"Benjamin Button" , "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Dark Knight" top the Academy Award nominations

No surprises here. Golden Globes favorites "Button" and "Millionaire" are two of the movies nominated for Best Picture of the Year at the 81st. Academy Awards nominations.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The high-profile Brad Pitt drama "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and the low-budget Indian saga "Slumdog Millionaire" led the field of Oscar contenders on Thursday, while Heath Ledger became only the sixth actor to get a posthumous nomination.

"Benjamin Button," for which Pitt earned a nod as best actor for playing a man who ages backward, had 13 nominations in all -- one short of the record shared by "All About Eve" (1959) and "Titanic" (1997).

"Slumdog Millionaire," the tale of an impoverished orphan's improbable victory on India's version of the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," followed with 10 nominations.

As expected, Ledger was nominated for his supporting role as the villainous Joker in the hit Batman movie "The Dark Knight," which collected eight nominations to tie with the gay-rights story "Milk."

Ledger is easily the favorite to take the prize at the 81st annual Academy Awards on February 22. The Australian actor died of an accidental overdose of prescription pills exactly a year ago, at the age of 28.

To date, the only performer to win posthumously has been Peter Finch, who was honored for 1976's "Network" about two months after his fatal heart attack.

"Benjamin Button," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Milk" will vie for best picture alongside a pair of movies that claimed five nominations each -- post-Holocaust love story "The Reader" and the political-media drama "Frost/Nixon." In a rare match-up, all five also got best director nominations.

More on the story here!

Click here for a complete list of the nominees.

The 81st. Academy Awards will be on Feb. 22nd, 2009 at 8pmEST/5pmPST (9pm Puerto Rico)

Hmmm. No Benicio. Pity! He's good in Che.

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