2009/08 Oscar Season
81st Academy Awards

best actor in a leading role

66th Golden Globes

14th Critics’ Choice Awards

15th Screen Actor Guild Awards (SAG)

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

24th Independent Spirit Awards

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 Sean Penn – Milk (Globes, Critics, SAG, BAFTA, Spirit, Oscars)

⭐︎ Richard Jenkins – The Visitor (Critics, SAG, Spirit, Oscars)

⭐︎ Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon (Globes, Critics, SAG, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Globes, Critics, SAG, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler (Globes, Critics, SAG, BAFTA, Spirit, Oscars)

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Javier Bardem – Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Globes, Spirit)

Leonardo DiCaprio – Revolutionary Road (Globes)

Clint Eastwood – Gran Torino (Critics)

Colin Farrell – In Bruges (Globes)

James Franco – Pineapple Express (Globes)

Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges (Globes)

Dustin Hoffman – Last Chance Harvey (Globes)

Dev Patel — Slumdog Millionaire (BAFTA)

Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker (Spirit)

best actress in a leading role

66th Golden Globes

14th Critics’ Choice Awards

15th Screen Actor Guild Awards (SAG)

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

24th Independent Spirit Awards

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 Kate Winslet* — The Reader (BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married (Globes, Critics, SAG, Spirit, Oscars)

⭐︎ Angelina Jolie – Changeling (Globes, Critics, SAG, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Melissa Leo – Frozen River (Critics, SAG, Spirit, Oscars)

⭐︎ Meryl Streep – Doubt (Globes, Critics, SAG, BAFTA, Oscars)

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Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road (Globes, SAG, BAFTA)

Kristin Scott Thomas – I've Loved You So Long (Globes, BAFTA)

Cate Blanchett – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Critics)

Kate Beckinsale – Nothing but the Truth (Critics)

Summer Bishil – Towelhead (Spirit)

Rebecca Hall – Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Globes)

Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky (Globes)

Frances McDormand – Burn After Reading (Globes)

Tarra Riggs – Ballast (Spirit)

Meryl Streep – Mamma Mia! (Globes)

Emma Thompson – Last Chance Harvey (Globes)

Michelle Williams – Wendy and Lucy (Spirit)

best actor in a supporting role

66th Golden Globes

14th Critics’ Choice Awards

15th Screen Actor Guild Awards (SAG)

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

24th Independent Spirit Awards

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight (Globes, Critics, SAG, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Josh Brolin – Milk (Critics, SAG, Oscars)

⭐︎ Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder (Globes, Critics, SAG, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt (Globes, Critics, SAG, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Michael Shannon — Revolutionary Road (Oscars)

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James Franco – Milk (Critics, Spirit)

Tom Cruise – Tropic Thunder (Globes)

Ralph Fiennes – The Duchess (Globes)

Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges (BAFTA)

Anthony Mackie – The Hurt Locker (Spirit)

Charlie McDermott – Frozen River (Spirit)

Jim Myron Ross – Ballast (Spirit)

Dev Patel — Slumdog Millionaire (SAG)

Brad Pitt – Burn After Reading (BAFTA)

Haaz Sleiman – The Visitor (Spirit)

best actress in a supporting role

66th Golden Globes

14th Critics’ Choice Awards

15th Screen Actor Guild Awards (SAG)

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

24th Independent Spirit Awards

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 Penélope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Globes, Critics, SAG, BAFTA, Spirit, Oscars)

⭐︎ Amy Adams – Doubt (Globes, SAG, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Viola Davis – Doubt (Globes, Critics, SAG, Oscars)

⭐︎ Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Critics, SAG, Oscars)

⭐︎ Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler (Globes, Critics, BAFTA, Oscars)

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Kate Winslet – The Reader* (Globes, Critics, SAG)

Rosemarie DeWitt – Rachel Getting Married (Spirit)

Vera Farmiga – Nothing but the Truth (Critics)

Rosie Perez – The Take (Spirit)

Freida Pinto – Slumdog Millionaire (BAFTA)

Tilda Swinton – Burn After Reading (BAFTA)

Misty Upham – Frozen River (Spirit)

Debra Winger – Rachel Getting Married (Spirit)

best picture

66th Golden Globes

14th Critics’ Choice Awards

20th Producer Guild of America Awards (PGA)

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

24th Independent Spirit Awards

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 Slumdog Millionaire (Globes, Critics, PGA, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Globes, Critics, PGA, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Frost/Nixon (Globes, Critics, PGA, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Milk (Critics, PGA, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Reader (Globes, Critics, BAFTA, Oscars)

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The Dark Knight (Critics, PGA)

The Wrestler (Critics, Spirit)

Ballast (Spirit)

Burn After Reading (Globes)

Changeling (Critics)

Doubt (Critics)

Frozen River (Spirit)

Happy-Go-Lucky (Globes)

In Bruges (Globes)

Mamma Mia! (Globes)

Rachel Getting Married (Spirit)

Revolutionary Road (Globes)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Globes)

WALL-E (Critics)

Wendy and Lucy (Spirit)

best director

66th Golden Globes

14th Critics’ Choice Awards

61st Directors Guild of America Awards (DGA)

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

24th Independent Spirit Awards

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire (Globes, Critics, DGA, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Stephen Daldry – The Reader (Globes, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Globes, Critics, DGA, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon (Globes, Critics, DGA, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Gus Van Sant – Milk (Critics, DGA, Oscars)

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Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight (Critics, DGA)

Ramin Bahrani – Chop Shop (Spirit)

Jonathan Demme – Rachel Getting Married (Spirit)

Clint Eastwood – Changeling (BAFTA)

Lance Hammer – Ballast (Spirit)

Courtney Hunt – Frozen River (Spirit)

Tom McCarthy – The Visitor (Spirit)

Sam Mendes – Revolutionary Road (Globes)

best original song

66th Golden Globes

14th Critics’ Choice Awards

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 "Jai Ho" – Slumdog Millionaire (Critics, Oscars)

⭐︎ "Down to Earth" – WALL-E (Globes, Critics, Oscars)

⭐︎ "O Saya" — Slumdog Millionaire (Oscars)

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"I Thought I Lost You" – Bolt (Globes, Critics)

"The Wrestler" – The Wrestler (Globes, Critics)

"Another Way to Die" – Quantum of Solace (Critics)

"Gran Torino" – Gran Torino (Globes)

"Once in a Lifetime” – Cadillac Records (Globes)

best original score

66th Golden Globes

14th Critics’ Choice Awards

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 Slumdog Millionaire (Globes, Critics, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Globes, Critics, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Defiance (Globes, Oscars)

⭐︎ Milk (Critics, Oscars)

⭐︎ WALL-E (BAFTA, Oscars)

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Changeling (Globes, Critics)

The Dark Knight (Critics, BAFTA)

Frost/Nixon (Globes)

Mamma Mia! (BAFTA)

best film editing

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

59th American Cinema Editors Awards (ACE Eddie)

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 Slumdog Millionaire (BAFTA, ACE Eddie2, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (BAFTA, ACE Eddie2, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Dark Knight (BAFTA, ACE Eddie2, Oscars)

⭐︎ Frost/Nixon (BAFTA, ACE Eddie2, Oscars)

⭐︎ Milk (ACE Eddie2, Oscars)

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In Bruges (BAFTA, ACE Eddie1)

Changeling (BAFTA)

Mamma Mia! (ACE Eddie1)

Tropic Thunder (ACE Eddie1)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (ACE Eddie1)

WALL-E (ACE Eddie1)

 

American Cinema Editors Awards rewards Comedy or Musical1 and Dramatic2 Features

best cinematography

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

23rd American Society of Cinematographers Awards (ASC)

24th Independent Spirit Awards

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 Slumdog Millionaire (BAFTA, ASC, Oscars)

⭐︎ Changeling (BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (BAFTA, ASC, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Dark Knight (BAFTA, ASC, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Reader (BAFTA, ASC, Oscars)

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Ballast (Spirit)

Chop Shop (Spirit)

Medicine for Melancholy (Spirit)

Milk (Spirit)

Revolutionary Road (ASC)

The Wrestler (Spirit)

best production design

13th Art Directors Guild Awards (ADG)

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (ADG2, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Changeling (ADG2, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Dark Knight (ADG3, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Duchess (Oscars)

⭐︎ Revolutionary Road (BAFTA, Oscars)

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Slumdog Millionaire (ADG1, BAFTA)

Burn After Reading (ADG1)

Doubt (ADG2)

Frost/Nixon (ADG2)

Gran Torino (ADG1)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (ADG3)

Iron Man (ADG3)

Milk (ADG2)

Quantum of Solace (ADG1)

The Spiderwick Chronicles (ADG3)

WALL-E (ADG3)

The Wrestler (ADG1)

 

Art Directors Guild Awards rewards Contemporary1, Period2 & Fantasy3 Design

best visual effects

7th Visual Effects Society Awards (VES)

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (VES, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Iron Man (VES, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Dark Knight (BAFTA, Oscars)

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Cloverfield (VES)

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (VES)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (BAFTA)

Quantum of Solace (BAFTA)

 

*Visual Effects Society Awards category here is Outstanding Visual Effects in an Effects Driven Motion Picture

best documentary feature

14th Critics’ Choice Awards

20th Producer Guild of America Awards (PGA)

61st Directors Guild of America Awards (DGA)

24th Independent Spirit Awards

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 Man on Wire (Critics, PGA, DGA, Spirit, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Betrayal (Spirit, Oscars)

⭐︎ Encounters at the End of the World (Spirit, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Garden (Oscars)

⭐︎ Trouble the Water (PGA, Oscars)

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Standard Operating Procedure (Critics, PGA)

At the Death House Door (DGA)

I.O.U.S.A. (Critics)

The Judge and the General (DGA)

The Order of Myths (Spirit)

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (Critics)

Stealing America: Vote by Vote (Critics)

Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed in the Mountains (DGA)

Up the Yangtze (Spirit)

Waltz with Bashir (DGA)

Young@Heart (Critics)

best animated feature

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66th Golden Globes

14th Critics’ Choice Awards

20th Producer Guild of America Awards (PGA)

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

36th Annie Awards

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 WALL-E (Globes, Critics, PGA, BAFTA, Annie, Oscars)

⭐︎ Bolt (Globes, Critics, PGA, Annie, Oscars)

⭐︎ Kung Fu Panda (Globes, Critics, PGA, Annie, Oscars)

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Waltz with Bashir (Critics, BAFTA, Annie)

$9.99 (Annie)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Critics)

Persepolis (BAFTA)

Space Chimps (Critics)

best sound

“The Dark Knight” - Editing

“Slumdog Millionaire” - Mixing

 

45th Cinema Audio Society, USA Awards (CAS)

56th Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA Awards (MPSE)

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 The Dark Knight (CAS, MPSE, BAFTA, Oscars1, Oscars2)

👑 Slumdog Millionaire (CAS, BAFTA, Oscars1, Oscars2)

⭐︎ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (MPSE, Oscars2)

⭐︎ Iron Man (CAS, MPSE, Oscars1)

⭐︎ WALL-E (CAS, BAFTA, Oscars1, Oscars2)

⭐︎ Wanted (MPSE, Oscars1, Oscars2)

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Quantum of Solace (CAS, BAFTA)

Changeling (BAFTA)

Cloverfield (MPSE)

Eagle Eye (MPSE)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (MPSE)

Speed Racer (MPSE)

 

Cinema Audio Society rewards “sound mixing”

Motion Picture Sound Editors rewards “sound editing”

BAFTA rewards “sound”

Oscar rewards “sound editing1” and “sound mixing2”

best costume design

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

11th Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDG)

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 The Duchess (BAFTA, CDG2, Oscars)

⭐︎ Australia (Oscars)

⭐︎ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (BAFTA, CDG2, Oscars)

⭐︎ Milk (CDG2, Oscars)

⭐︎ Revolutionary Road (BAFTA, CDG2, Oscars)

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Changeling (BAFTA, CDG2)

The Dark Knight (BAFTA, CDG3)

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (CDG3)

Iron Man (CDG1)

Mamma Mia! (CDG1)

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (CDG3)

Sex and the City (CDG1)

Slumdog Millionaire (CDG1)

The Wrestler (CDG1)

 

Costume Designers Guild Awards rewards Contemporary1, Period2 & Fantasy3 Design

best makeup + HAIrstyling

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Dark Knight (BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Oscars)

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The Duchess (BAFTA)

Frost/Nixon (BAFTA)

Milk (BAFTA)

best international film

66th Golden Globes

14th Critics’ Choice Awards

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

24th Independent Spirit Awards

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 Departures, Japan (Oscars)

⭐︎ The Baader Meinhof Complex, Germany (Globes, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Class, France (Spirit, Oscars)

⭐︎ Revanche, Austria (Oscars)

⭐︎ Waltz with Bashir, Israel (Globes, Critics, BAFTA, Oscars)

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Gomorrah, Italy (Globes, Critics, BAFTA, Spirit)

I've Loved You So Long, France (Globes, Critics, BAFTA)

A Christmas Tale, France (Critics)

Everlasting Moments, Sweden (Globes)

Hunger, Ireland/UK (Spirit)

Let the Right One In, Sweden (Critics)

Mongol, Kazakhstan (Critics)

Persepolis, France (BAFTA)

The Secret of the Grain, France (Spirit)

Silent Light, Mexico (Spirit)

best adapted screenplay

66th Golden Globes

14th Critics’ Choice Awards

61st Writers Guild of America Awards (WGA)

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

24th Independent Spirit Awards

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 Slumdog Millionaire (Globes, Critics, WGA, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Globes, Critics, WGA, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Doubt (Globes, Critics, WGA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Frost/Nixon (Globes, Critics, WGA, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ The Reader (Globes, BAFTA, Oscars)

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The Dark Knight (WGA)

Revolutionary Read (BAFTA)

Savage Grace (Spirit)

best original screenplay

66th Golden Globes

14th Critics’ Choice Awards

61st Writers Guild of America Awards (WGA)

62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

24th Independent Spirit Awards

81st Academy Awards

 

👑 Milk (Critics, WGA, BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ Frozen River (Oscars)

⭐︎ Happy-Go-Lucky (Oscars)

⭐︎ In Bruges (BAFTA, Oscars)

⭐︎ WALL-E (Oscars)

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Burn After Reading (WGA, BAFTA)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (WGA, Spirit)

Changeling (BAFTA)

I’ve Loved You So Long (BAFTA)

Padre Nuestro (Spirit)

Sugar (Spirit)

Synecdoche, New York (Spirit)

The Visitor (WGA)

The Wrestler (WGA)