The 2009 Oscar nominations were announced this morning by Sid Ganis, president of the Academy, and Oscar winner Forest Whitaker
. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
garnered 13 nominations and The Dark Knigh
t racked up 8 nominations, including a best supporting actor nod for Heath Ledger - on the one year anniversary of his death. Slumdog Millionaire
, the underdog favorite, received 10 nominations, but no acting nods.
Only two African-Americans were nominated in the main categories. Taraji P. Henson
received a best supporting nod for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
and Viola Davis
earned a nod in the same category for Doubt
. I cannot think of the last time, if ever (don't quote me on this!), two black women were nominated in the same year for best supporting actress.
Shortly after the nominations were announced, Davis told the CBS Early Show, "Sometimes you don't find this role in a whole movie, especially for an African-American actress." She also added, "I entered this job just wanting to do a good job. I didn't have the anticipation of any of these awards, this is just a blessing to me."
Some shockers were Leonardo DiCaprio
receiving no nominations. Kate Winslet
, who recently won two Golden Golbes for best actress and best supporting actress, only received one best actress nod for The Reader
. The Dark Knight
was shunned for best picture. Also, Robert Downey, Jr.
was nominated for best supporting actor for a white character who was playing black in Tropic Thunder
No best original song nod for Cadillac Records
, which received a Golden Globe nomination. Rock icon, Bruce Springsteen
, was passed in the same category, even though he won for the same category at the Golden Globes.
Click here for the complete list of nominations.
The Oscars will air live on Sunday, February 22nd 8 ET / 5 PT on CBS.