Nominees & Winners for the 81st Academy Awards

Actor in a Leading Role

Sean Penn
  • 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”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Heath Ledger's Family
  • 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”

Actress in a Leading Role

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

Actress in a Supporting Role

Penélope Cruz
  • 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”

Animated Feature Film

Andrew Stanton
  • Bolt” Chris Williams and Byron Howard
  • Kung Fu Panda”  John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
  • WALL-E Andrew Stanton

Art Direction

Donald Graham Burt and Victor J. Zolfo
  • Changeling” Art Direction: James J. Murakami; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
  • The Dark Knight” Art Direction: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Peter Lando
  • The Duchess” Art Direction: Michael Carlin; Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
  • Revolutionary Road” Art Direction: Kristi Zea; Set Decoration: Debra Schutt


Anthony Dod  Mantle
  • Changeling” Tom Stern
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Claudio Miranda
  • The Dark Knight” Wally Pfister
  • The Reader” Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
  • Slumdog Millionaire Anthony Dod Mantle

Costume Design

Michael O’Connor
  • Australia” Catherine Martin
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”  Jacqueline West
  • The Duchess Michael O’Connor
  • Milk” Danny Glicker
  • Revolutionary Road” Albert Wolsky


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

Documentary (Feature)

James Marsh
  • The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)” Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
  • Encounters at the End of the World” Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
  • The Garden” Scott Hamilton Kennedy
  • Man on Wire James Marsh and Simon Chinn
  • Trouble the Water” Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

Documentary (Short Subject)

Megan Mylan
  • The Conscience of Nhem En” Steven Okazaki
  • The Final Inch” Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
  • Smile Pinki Megan Mylan
  • The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306” Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

Film Editing

Chris Dickens
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • The Dark Knight” Lee Smith
  • Frost/Nixon” Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
  • Milk” Elliot Graham
  • Slumdog Millionaire Chris Dickens

Foreign Language Film

Yojiro Takita
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex” Germany
  • The Class” France
  • Departures Japan
  • Revanche” Austria
  • Waltz with Bashir” Israel


Greg Cannom

Music (Original Score)

A.R. Rahman
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Alexandre Desplat
  • Defiance” James Newton Howard
  • Milk” Danny Elfman
  • Slumdog Millionaire A.R. Rahman
  • WALL-E” Thomas Newman

Music (Original Song)

A.R. Rahman
  • Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman; Lyric by Peter Gabriel
  • Jai Ho from “Slumdog Millionaire” Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by Gulzar
  • O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam                  

Best Picture

Christian Colson
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • Frost/Nixon” Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
  • Milk” Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
  • The Reader” Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti and Redmond Morris, Producers
  • Slumdog Millionaire Christian Colson, Producer

Short Film (Animated)

Kunio Kato
  • La Maison en Petits Cubes Kunio Kato
  • Lavatory - Lovestory” Konstantin Bronzit
  • Oktapodi” Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
  • Presto” Doug Sweetland
  • This Way Up” Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

Short Film (Live Action)

Jochen Alexander Freydank
  • Auf der Strecke (On the Line)” Reto Caffi
  • Manon on the Asphalt” Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
  • New Boy” Steph Green and Tamara Anghie
  • The Pig” Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
  • Spielzeugland (Toyland) Jochen Alexander Freydank

Sound Editing

Richard King
  • The Dark Knight Richard King
  • Iron Man” Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
  • Slumdog Millionaire” Glenn Freemantle and Tom Sayers
  • WALL-E” Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
  • Wanted” Wylie Stateman

Sound Mixing

Ian Tapp, Resul Pookutty and Richard Pryke
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
  • The Dark Knight” Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
  • Slumdog Millionaire Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
  • WALL-E” Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
  • Wanted” Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

Visual Effects

Burt Dalton, Craig Barron, Eric Barba and Steve Preeg
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
  • The Dark Knight” Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
  • Iron Man” John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Simon  Beaufoy
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Screenplay by Eric Roth, Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
  • Doubt” Written by John Patrick Shanley
  • Frost/Nixon” Screenplay by Peter Morgan
  • The Reader” Screenplay by David Hare
  • Slumdog Millionaire Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Dustin  Lance Black
  • Frozen River” Written by Courtney Hunt
  • Happy-Go-Lucky” Written by Mike Leigh
  • In Bruges” Written by Martin McDonagh
  • Milk Written by Dustin Lance Black
  • WALL-E” Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter


  • Star indicates a win.
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