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A moment ago in LA, Forest Whitaker took to the stage in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre and announced the nominations for the 81st annual Academy Awards.

There were few surprises and, as usual, only a handful of films competing for the big awards. Here’s the list (in no particular order):

Best Film
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk
The Reader
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon

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

Best Actor
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sean Penn – Milk
Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Best Actress
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Melissa Leo – Frozen River
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Kate Winslet – The Reader
Meryl Streep – Doubt

Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin – Milk
Robert Downey Jr – Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penélope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Taraji P Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler

Best Animated Film
WALL-E
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda

To see the complete list of nominations, click here.

I’d love to have an Oscar. Emma Thompson reportedly kept her two statues in the bathroom, that is until her husband told her to move them out of the way to make room for their daughter’s artwork. I think I’d use mine as a door stop or a jewellery stand…

The Oscars will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on 22 February. Here in the UK, you can catch the show on Sky 1  with all the pre-show red carpet glitz showing on E!.