2009 Academy Awards Nominations – Rahman, Gulzar & Resul nominated; Slumdog bags 10 Nominations

The nominations for the 2009 Academy Awards or Oscars are out. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is leading from the front with thirteen nominations and as widely expected, Slumdog Millionaire is not too far behind with ten nominations.

The Academy Award Three Indians are in the nominations list – A.R.Rahman (widely expected), Gulzar and Resul Pookutty with Rahman featuring three times, one for Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) and two in the category of Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song). Gulzar shares the nomination with Rahman for Jai Ho in the latter whilst Resul shares the nomination for Achievement in sound mixing with two other sound engineers. The Indian media is already in a frenzy about it all and the excitement is only going to increase with each passing day!

Already, there are a few voices of dissent with The Dark Knight not making it to the nominations for best picture; though Heath Ledger has been nominated for Best actor in a supporting role for his turn as The Joker. Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino also didn’t feature in any of the nomination categories.

I’m no big fan of the awards as such and with me not having seen any of them save The Dark Knight and Kung Fu Panda, the interest in in them this time around is palpably much less.

The full list of the nominations can be found here. An abridged list of the nominations (with my guesses in bold):

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Richard Jenkins in "The Visitor" (Overture Films)
  • Frank Langella in "Frost/Nixon" (Universal)
  • Sean Penn in "Milk" (Focus Features)
  • Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler" (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Josh Brolin in "Milk" (Focus Features)
  • Robert Downey Jr. in "Tropic Thunder" (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Doubt" (Miramax)
  • Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.)
  • Michael Shannon in "Revolutionary Road" (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Anne Hathaway in "Rachel Getting Married" (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Angelina Jolie in "Changeling" (Universal)
  • Melissa Leo in "Frozen River" (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Meryl Streep in "Doubt" (Miramax)
  • Kate Winslet in "The Reader" (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in "Doubt" (Miramax)
  • Penélope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (The Weinstein Company)
  • Viola Davis in "Doubt" (Miramax)
  • Taraji P. Henson in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Marisa Tomei in "The Wrestler" (Fox Searchlight)

Best animated feature film of the year

  • "Bolt" (Walt Disney)
  • "Kung Fu Panda" (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount)
  • "WALL-E" (Walt Disney)

Best motion picture of the year

  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • "Frost/Nixon" (Universal)
  • "Milk" (Focus Features)
  • "The Reader" (The Weinstein Company)
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight)

Academy Awards Homepage

5 thoughts on “2009 Academy Awards Nominations – Rahman, Gulzar & Resul nominated; Slumdog bags 10 Nominations

  1. I think probably WALL-E will win the animated award. And its a shame really that they didn’t even nominate The Dark Knight. Oscars suck really, atleast they kept some face and nominated Heath Ledger. He deserves to win, and they have to give him the award.

  2. Kung Fu Panda won’t get the Oscar for sure. WALL-E is way ahead of it. Infact, I was expecting it to be nominated in the Best Picture category too. It’s a great film.

    By the way have you seen the movies where you’ve made the guesses?

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