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The 2009 Oscar nominees are (drum roll, please) ...

The movies and stars up for Academy Awards were announced Thursday. Those selected in four major categories for the 81st annual presentation, on Feb. 22, are:

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Best Picture

•"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"



•"The Reader"

•"Slumdog Millionaire"

Best Actor

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•Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor"

Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"

Sean Penn, "Milk"

Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler"

Best Actress

•Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"

Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"

Melissa Leo, "Frozen River"

Meryl Streep, "Doubt"

Kate Winslet, "The Reader"


•David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon"

Gus Van Sant, "Milk"

Stephen Daldry, "The Reader"

Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"