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'Slumdog Millionaire,' 'Benjamin Button' lead BAFTA nominees

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Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button led all BAFTA nominees, announced yesterday, earning 11 nods apiece. The Dark Knight also had a strong showing, earning nine British Academy Film Awards nominations, and Clint Eastwood’s Angelina Jolie starrer Changeling racked up eight. The awards will be handed out on Feb. 8 at London’s Royal Opera House.

BAFTA NOMINATIONS:

BEST FILM
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

DIRECTOR
Clint Eastwood (Changeling)
David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon)
Stephen Daldry (The Reader)
Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

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

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)
Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire)
Tilda Swinton (Burn After Reading)
Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler)

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Hunger
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Man on Wire
Slumdog Millionaire

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

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