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BAFTA nominations: 'Slumdog' and 'Button' tie with 11

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced their nominations today, anointing The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Slumdog Millionaire with 11 nods each. The Dark Knight and Changeling were the runners-up with nine and eight nominations, respectively, though neither film was cited in the Best Film category (Frost/Nixon, Milk, and The Reader scored the other three slots instead). Here are a few other results I found interesting.

1. Slumdog star Dev Patel landed in the lead actor race alongside heavyweights Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke, Brad Pitt, and Frank Langella. In this country, his campaign has been in the supporting category.

2. Kate Winslet earned two lead actress nods, for Revolutionary Road and The Reader. The Oscars don’t allow actors to receive multiple nominations in the same category.

3. Doubt stars Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams all won nominations, but their scene-stealing costar Viola Davis was overlooked, and the film earned no other nominations at all.

4. Two actresses considered strong Oscar contenders for Best Actress — Anne Hathaway and Sally Hawkins — were both snubbed. Word is that UK audiences didn’t warm to Happy-Go-Lucky like American critics have.

***Note to some of the commenters below: Anne Hathaway was indeed eligible for the BAFTA. If you look at the longlists of 15 semifinalists that were announced a few weeks ago, you’ll see that she was on that list. Gran Torino, however, was not eligible this year.

Here are all the important BAFTA nominees: 

BEST FILM
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON 
FROST/NIXON 
MILK
THE READER 
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE 

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
HUNGER      
IN BRUGES 
MAMMA MIA! 
MAN ON WIRE   
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE 

DIRECTOR
CHANGELING Clint Eastwood
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON David Fincher
FROST/NIXON Ron Howard
THE READER  Stephen Daldry
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE  Danny Boyle

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BURN AFTER READING  Joel Coen / Ethan Coen
CHANGELING J. Michael Straczynski
I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG  Philippe Claudel
IN BRUGES  Martin McDonagh
MILK Dustin Lance Black

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON  Eric Roth
FROST/NIXON Peter Morgan
THE READER  David Hare
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD  Justin Haythe
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE  Simon Beaufoy

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX
GOMORRAH
I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG 
PERSEPOLIS
WALTZ WITH BASHIR 

ANIMATED FILM
PERSEPOLIS
WALL•E
WALTZ WITH BASHIR 

LEADING ACTOR
FRANK LANGELLA  Frost/Nixon
DEV PATEL  Slumdog Millionaire
SEAN PENN  Milk
BRAD PITT  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
MICKEY ROURKE  The Wrestler

LEADING ACTRESS
ANGELINA JOLIE  Changeling
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS  I’ve Loved You So Long
MERYL STREEP  Doubt
KATE WINSLET  The Reader
KATE WINSLET  Revolutionary Road

SUPPORTING ACTOR
ROBERT DOWNEY JR.  Tropic Thunder
BRENDAN GLEESON  In Bruges
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN  Doubt
HEATH LEDGER  The Dark Knight
BRAD PITT  Burn After Reading

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS  Doubt
PENÉLOPE CRUZ  Vicky Cristina Barcelona
FREIDA PINTO  Slumdog Millionaire
TILDA SWINTON  Burn After Reading
MARISA TOMEI  The Wrestler

MUSIC
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON  Alexandre Desplat
THE DARK KNIGHT  Hans Zimmer / James Newton Howard
MAMMA MIA!  Benny Andersson / Björn Ulvaeus
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE  A. R. Rahman
WALL•E Thomas Newman

CINEMATOGRAPHY
CHANGELING Tom Stern
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON  Claudio Miranda
THE DARK KNIGHT  Wally Pfister
THE READER  Chris Menges / Roger Deakins
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE  Anthony Dod Mantle

EDITING
CHANGELING 
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON 
THE DARK KNIGHT 
FROST/NIXON
IN BRUGES 
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE 

PRODUCTION DESIGN
CHANGELING
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON 
THE DARK KNIGHT 
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD 
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

COSTUME DESIGN
CHANGELING
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON 
THE DARK KNIGHT 
THE DUCHESS 
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD 

SOUND
CHANGELING
THE DARK KNIGHT 
QUANTUM OF SOLACE 
SLUMDOG MILLIONARE 
WALL•E

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON 
THE DARK KNIGHT 
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL 
IRON MAN 
QUANTUM OF SOLACE 

MAKE UP & HAIR
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON 
THE DARK KNIGHT 
THE DUCHESS 
FROST/NIXON
MILK