FACTBOX: List of main Oscar nominations

Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:53am EST

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(Reuters) - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations on Thursday for the 81st annual Academy Awards.

Following is a list of the main Oscar contenders. The awards will be handed out in Hollywood on Feb 22.

BEST PICTURE

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

"Frost/Nixon"

"Milk"

"The Reader"

"Slumdog Millionaire,"

BEST ACTOR

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"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Josh Brolin - "Milk"

Robert Downey Jr. - "Tropic Thunder"

Philip Seymour Hoffman - "Doubt"

Heath Ledger - "The Dark Knight"

Michael Shannon - "Revolutionary Road"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams - "Doubt"

Penelope Cruz - "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

Viola Davis - "Doubt"

Taraji P. Henson - "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Marisa Tomei - "The Wrestler"

BEST DIRECTOR

David Fincher - "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Ron Howard - "Frost/Nixon."

Gus Van Sant - "Milk"

Stephen Daldry - "The Reader"

Danny Boyle - "Slumdog Millionaire,"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

"Bolt"

"Kung-Fu Panda"

"WALL-E"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

"The Baader Meinhof Complex" - Germany

"The Class" - France

"Departures" - Japan

"Revanche" - Austria

"Waltz with Bashir" - Israel

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by David Storey)

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