Thursday morning’s sunrise announcement of the major Oscar nominations was simultaneously predictable, with oodles of nods to end-of-year, awards-bait films like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Doubt and The Reader — and a handful of genuine surprises, like Robert Downey, Jr.‘s inclusion for his role in Tropic Thunder and for The Dark Knight‘s absence from all major categories except Heath Ledger for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Brad Pitt‘s Benjamin Button ruled over all nominees, with 13 in total, including a nod to the title hunk and to Taraji P. Henson in the Supporting Actress category and one for the film’s director, David Fincher.

“This is a great honor for the movie," the actor told Extra. "I’m especially happy for David Fincher, for without him there would be no Ben Button.”

It’s got to be a happy morning in the Brangelina household, as Brad’s babymama Angelina Jolie was also recognized for her work in the Clint Eastwood-directed film Changeling. This is Angie’s first nomination since her Supporting Actress win inn 2000 for Girl, Interrupted.

While it didn’t score the most nominations, Doubt stands to rake in three out of four acting awards on Feb. 22, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis all nominated.

Animated feature Wall-E had been on many critics’ year-end lists of best films, but the Pixar film was left out of the Best Picture category, though it did score nominations in Best Animated Feature and Best Original Screenplay.

Here are the nominees in the major categories for this year’s Academy Awards.

Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams
in Doubt
Penélope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis in Doubt
Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler

 

Supporting Actor:

Josh Brolin in Milk
Robert Downey, Jr. in Tropic Thunder

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road

Best Actress:

Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie in Changeling
Melissa Leo in Frozen River
Meryl Streep in Doubt
Kate Winslet in The Reader

 

Best Actor:

Richard Jenkins in The Visitor
Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn in Milk
Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler

 

Directing:

David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon

Gus Van Sant, Milk

Stephen Daldry, The Reader

Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Original Screenplay:

Frozen River
Happy Go Lucky

In Bruges
Milk
Wall-E

Adapted Screenplay:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt
Frost/Nixon

The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Animated Feature:
Bolt
Kung-Fu Panda
Wall-E

Best Picture:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Nominees were also announced in the following categories:

Cinematography:
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Editing:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Frost/Nixon
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire

Art Direction:
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Duchess
Revolutionary Road

Costume Design:
Australia
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Duchess
Milk
Revolutionary Road

Makeup:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Original Score:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Defiance
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire
WALL·E

Original Song:
"Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire
"O Saya" from Slumdog Millionaire
"Down to Earth" from WALL·E

Sound:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
WALL·E
Wanted

Sound Editing:
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Slumdog Millionaire
WALL·E
Wanted

Visual Effects:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Iron Man

Foreign Language Film:
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex — Germany
Entre les murs (The Class) —
France
Revanche — Austria
Okuribito (Departures) —
Japan
Vals Im Bashir (Waltz with Bashir) — Israel

Feature-Length Documentary:
The Betrayal – Nerakhoon
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Man on Wire
Trouble the Water

Short-Subject Documentary:
The Conscience of Nhem En
The Final Inch
Smile Pinki
The Witness from the Balcony of Room 306

Short-Subject Animation:
Ubornaya istoriya – lyubovnaya istoriya
La Maison en Petits Cubes
Oktapodi
Presto
This Way Up

Short-Subject Film:
Auf der Strecke
Manon on the Asphalt
New Boy
The Pig
Spielzeugland

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