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Nominees for the 81st Academy Awards - Winners Highlighted by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Review by Charles Mohapel
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM090223OSCARS
Date: 23 February 2009

Links: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences /

Here's a list of all the Oscar nominations and the few winners with a Science Fiction or Fantasy pedigree, including Changeling, written by J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5.

As you can see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button had 13 Nominations and won only 2 minor Oscars. The Dark Knight did better with its 8 Nominations and 2 Oscars, the big one going posthumously to the late Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor as the Joker. Finally, Wall-E parlayed its 6 Nominations into 1 Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, holding off Kung Fu Panda and Bolt.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (13 Nominations, 2 Oscars)

  • Best Picture
  • David Fincher - Best Director
  • Brad Pitt - Best Actor
  • Taraji P Henson - Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Eric Roth and Robin Swicord)
  • Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat)
  • Art Direction WINNER
  • Cinematography
  • Costume Design
  • Film Editing
  • Makeup
  • Sound Mixing
  • Visual Effects WINNER

The Dark Knight (8 Nominations, 2 Oscars)

  • Heath Ledger - Best Supporting Actor WINNER
  • Art Direction
  • Cinematography
  • Film Editing
  • Makeup
  • Sound Editing WINNER
  • Sound Mixing
  • Visual Effects

Wall-E (6 Nominations, 1 Oscar)

  • Best Animated Feature Film WINNER
  • Best Original Screenplay (Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon)
  • Best Original Score (Thomas Newman)
  • Best Original Song ("Down to Earth," Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman)
  • Sound Editing
  • Sound Mixing

Changeling (3 Nominations, 0 0scars)

  • Angelina Jolie - Best Actress
  • Art Direction
  • Cinematography

Iron Man (2 Nominations, 0 0scars)

  • Sound Editing
  • Visual Effects

Bolt (1 Nomination, 0 0scars)

  • Best Animated Feature Film

Kung Fu Panda (1 Nomination, 0 0scars)

  • Best Animated Feature Film

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (1 Nomination, 0 0scars)

  • Makeup

Presto (Walt Disney), A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Doug Sweetland (1 Nomination, 0 0scars)

  • Best Animated Short Film

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