Kate Winslet, Slumdog lead UK Oscars charge

British actress Kate Winslet and director Danny Boyle have both been nominated for Oscars at the 81st annual Academy Awards.

Kate was nominated in the best actress category for her role as a former SS concentration camp guard in The Reader.

Kate will compete against Anne Hathaway, Melissa Leo, Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep at the Hollywood awards ceremony on Sunday, February 22, 2009.

Danny Boyle’s surprise hit Slumdog Millionaire received 10 nominations overall, including best adapted screenplay, best director and best picture categories.

The best actor category has given nods to Brad Pitt, Mickey Rourke, Sean Penn and Frank Langella, with Richard Jenkins a surprise nomination for his role in The Visitor.

Brad Pitt’s latest offering, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, has been the most successful with 13 nominations, including best picture and best director.

Heath Ledger has been nominated posthumously as best supporting actor for his role in The Dark Knight. The Batman film is up for eight awards in total.

Australian actor Hugh Jackman will host the ceremony for the first time.

For a full list of nominees check out the Academy Awards website.

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