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"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" grabs 13 Oscar nominations
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19:39, January 23, 2009

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"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" grabs 13 Oscar nominations
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The romantic fantasy "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" led in Oscar nominations announced here on Thursday, collecting a near-record 13 nominations, including best picture and best director.

It will compete with "Slumdog Millionaire," "Frost/Nixon," "Milk" and "The Reader" for the most-coveted best picture honor.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker announced 10 of the 24 award categories for the 81st Academy Awards at an early morning press conference in Beverly Hills.


Sid Ganis (R), president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Oscar-winner U.S. actor Forest Whitaker announce the list of nominees of the Best Actoress for 81st Oscar Academy Awards in Los Angeles of the United States, Jan. 22, 2009. (Xinhua/Qi Heng)

Nominations information for all categories were distributed simultaneously to news media in attendance and via the academy's awards Website oscar.com, organizers said.

The filmmakers behind the five best picture nominees received best director nominations -- David Fincher for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Ron Howard for "Frost/Nixon," Gus Van Sant for "Milk," Stephen Daldry for "The Reader" and Danny Boyle for "Slumdog Millionaire."


Sid Ganis (R), president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Oscar-winner U.S. actor Forest Whitaker announce the list of nominees of the Best Actoress for 81st Oscar Academy Awards in Los Angeles of the United States, Jan. 22, 2009. (Xinhua/Qi Heng)

The annual Academy Awards will be presented on Feb. 22 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

Source: Xinhua
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