The Best Picture race looked almost identical to the lineup of this year's Golden Globes nominees, with nods for
All four leads in the religious drama
Nominated alongside Winslet are
Ledger, who won in the supporting actor category at the Golden Globes, faces another formidable slate of actors, including
The Best Director category will find "Button" director David Fincher going up against such fellow veterans as Ron Howard ("Frost/Nixon"), Gus Van Sant ("Milk"), Stephen Daldry ("The Reader") and Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire").
In addition to the DiCaprio snub, the Best Actor group featured at least one surprise: the inclusion of longtime character actor Richard Jenkins for his role in "The Visitor." He will compete against Frank Langella ("Frost/Nixon"), Sean Penn ("Milk"), Brad Pitt ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and resurgent Golden Globe winner Mickey Rourke, for his bruising take on the life of a washed-up grappler in "The Wrestler."
Rourke's co-star in that film, Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei, was also honored, earning a Best Supporting Actress nod for her role as a stripper. The category also includes Amy Adams ("Doubt"), Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), Viola Davis ("Doubt") and Taraji P. Henson ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button").
The nominees for Best Animated Feature are "Bolt," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Wall-E." Miley Cyrus' Globe-nominated "Bolt" track, "I Thought I Lost You," didn't receive a nomination for Best Original Song. Instead, "Down To Earth" from "Wall-E" (Peter Gabriel), "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire" (
Though it washed out in the directing and best picture nominations, "Knight" racked up seven nominations in addition to Ledger's: Art Direction, Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.
The nominees for Adapted Screenplay are "Button," "Doubt," "Frost/Nixon," "The Reader" and "Slumdog Millionaire." The Original Screenplay category pits "Frozen River" against "Happy-Go-Lucky," "In Bruges," "Milk" and "Wall-E."
While some of the year's biggest and best-loved flicks didn't make it into the major categories, they managed to slip into some of the technical ones. "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" got an Achievement in Makeup bid, for instance, and "Iron Man" was nominated for Sound Editing and Visual Effects.
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