As promised, Forest Whitaker and Academy president Sid Ganis announced the 2009 Oscar nominations at exactly 8:38 a.m. EST. My lasting impression from the major-network broadcast is that I really dig the singsong yet clipped manner in which Forest says "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," so it’s clear that the film hasn’t been snubbed this morning. Read EW.com’s complete list of the major nominees.
The omission of Clint Eastwood (pictured, left) from the Best Actor category and Gran Torino from any of the major categories certainly stands out, as does the absence of Slumdog Millionaire‘s Dev Patel (pictured, right with costar Freida Pinto) from the Supporting Actor group. Slumdog did rack up 10 total nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Danny Boyle. The inclusion of The Reader in the Best Picture category is a huge surprise, and an especially disappointing one for fans of The Dark Knight. (And Wall-E!)
Which snubs stand out to you? Let us know in the comments below.
addCredit(“Eastwood: Anthony Michael Rivetti; Patel: Ishika Mohan”)