Heath Ledger gets Oscar nomination – Plus other categories revealed It’s Oscar day, and after months of speculating, the 2009 Academy Award nominations have finally been made public. Academy president Sid Ganis and Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker unveiled the nominations at 1.30pm Irish time during a news conference in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, Beverly Hills, where hundreds of media representatives from around the world gathered. There were two nods for Irish film, Martin McDonagh is nominated in the best screenplay category for In Bruges, while Irish production company Zanzibar films are nominated for best live action short for ‘New Boy’. And the nominees are… Best Picture Nominations (1) Slumdog Millionaire (2) Frost Nixon (3) The Curious Incident Of Benjamin Button (4) The Reader (5) Milk Best Director Nominations The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – David Fincher Frost/Nixon – Ron Howard Milk – Gus Van Sant The Reader – Stephen Daldry Slumdog Millionaire – Danny Boyle Best Actor NominationsThe Visitor – Richard Jenkins Frost/Nixon – Frank Langella Milk – Sean Penn The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Brad Pitt The Wrestler – Mickey Rourke Best Actress Nominations Rachel Getting Married – Anne Hathaway Changeling – Angelina Jolie Frozen River – Melissa Leo Doubt – Meryl Streep The Reader – Kate Winslet Best Supporting ActorMilk – Josh Brolin Tropic Thunder – Robert Downey Jr. Doubt – Philip Seymour Hoffman The Dark Knight – Heath Ledger Revolutionary Road – Michael Shannon Best Supporting ActressDoubt – Amy Adams Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Penélope Cruz Doubt – Viola Davis The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Taraji P. Henson The Wrestler – Marisa Tomei Best Foreign Language Movie The Baader Meinhof Complex – Germany The Class – France Departures – Japan Revanche – Austria Waltz with Bashir – Israel Acheivement In Music (Original Score)The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Alexandre Desplat Defiance – James Newton Howard Milk – Danny Elfman Slumdog Millionaire – A.R. Rahman WALL-E – Thomas Newman Best Screenplay Courtney Hunt, Frozen River Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky Martin McDonagh, In Bruges Dustin Lance Black, Milk Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Jim Reardon, Wall-E Best Screenplay (Adapted) Eric Roth, Robin Swicord, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button John Patrick Shanley, Doubt Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon David Hare, The Reader Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire Best Art Direction James J. Murakami, Gary Fettis, Changeling Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Nathan Crowley, Peter Lando, The Dark Knight Michael Carlin, Rebecca Alleway, The Duchess Kristi Zea, Debra Schutt, Revolutionary Road Best Cinematography Tom Stern, Changeling Claudio Miranda, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight Chris Menges, Roger Deakins, The Reader Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionarie Best Live Action Short Auf der Strecke (On the Line) – Hamburg Shortfilmagency Manon on the Asphalt – La Luna Productions New Boy – Network Ireland Television, A Zanzibar Films Production, Steph Green and Tamara Anghie The Pig – An M & M Production Spielzeugland (Toyland) – A Mephisto Film Production Best Costume Design Catherine Martin, Australia Jacqueline West, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Michael O’Connor, The Duchess Danny Glicker, Milk Albert Wolsky, Revolutionary Road Best Documentary The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) Encounters at the End of the World The Garden Man on Wire Trouble the Water Best Documentary – Short Feature The Conscience of Nhem En The Final Inch Smile Pinki The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306 Best Editing Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Lee Smith, The Dark Knight Mike Hill, Dan Hanley, Frost/Nixon Elliot Graham, Milk Chris Dickens, Slumdog Millionaire We will bring you news items and coverage of the Oscars during the build up to the ceremony on Feb 22nd, stay tuned.