2008 Academy Awards

Updated December 21, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The 2008 Academy Awards were presented on February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre. All of the nominees are listed below; the Oscar winners are in bold.

Best Picture The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  The Reader
  Slumdog Millionaire
Best Animated Picture Bolt
  Kung Fu Panda
Actor in a Leading Role Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
  Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
  Sean Penn, Milk
  Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Actress in a Leading Role Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
  Angelina Jolie, Changeling
  Melissa Leo, Frozen River
  Meryl Streep, Doubt
  Kate Winslet, The Reader
Actor in a Supporting Role Josh Brolin, Milk
  Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
  Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
  Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
  Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road
Actress in a Supporting Role Amy Adams, Doubt
  Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  Viola Davis, Doubt
  Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Directing David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
  Gus Van Sant, Milk
  Stephen Daldry, The Reader
  Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Original Screenplay Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
  Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky
  Martin McDonagh, In Bruges
  Dustin Lance Black, Milk
  Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, WALL-E
Adapted Screenplay Screenplay by Eric Roth, Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  John Patrick Shanley, Doubt
  Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
  David Hare, The Reader
  Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography Tom Stern, Changeling
  Claudio Miranda, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight
  Chris Menges and Roger Deakins, The Reader
  Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction Changeling, Art Direction: James J. Murakami, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
  The Dark Knight, Art Direction: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Peter Lando
  The Duchess Art Direction: Michael Carlin, Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
  Revolutionary Road Art Direction: Kristi Zea, Set Decoration: Debra Schutt
Editing Richard King, The Dark Knight
  Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes, Iron Man
  Glenn Freemantle and Tom Sayers, Slumdog Millionaire
  Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood, WALL-E
  Wylie Stateman, Wanted
Mixing David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick, The Dark Knight
  Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty, Slumdog Millionaire
  Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt, WALL-E
  Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt, Wanted
Song "Down to Earth" from WALL-E; Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
  "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire; Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
  "O Saya" from Slumdog Millionaire; Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya
Original Score Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  James Newton Howard, Defiance
  Danny Elfman, Milk
  A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
  Thomas Newman, WALL-E
Film Editing Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  Lee Smith, The Dark Knight
  Mike Hill and Dan Hanley, Frost/Nixon
  Elliot Graham, Milk
  Chris Dickens, Slumdog Millionaire
Costume Design Catherine Martin, Australia
  Jacqueline West, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  Michael O'Connor, The Duchess
  Danny Glicker, Milk
  Albert Wolsky, Revolutionary Road
Makeup Greg Cannom, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O'Sullivan, The Dark Knight
  Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz, Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Visual Effects Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin, The Dark Knight
  John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan, Iron Man
Short Films
Animated La Maison en Petits Cubes, Kunio Kato
  Lavatory-Lovestory, Konstantin Bronzit
  Oktapodi, Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
  Presto, Doug Sweetland
  This Way Up, Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes
Feature Auf der Strecke (On the Line), Reto Caffi
  Manon on the Asphalt, Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
  New Boy, Steph Green and Tamara Anghie
  The Pig, Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
  Spielzeugland (Toyland), Jochen Alexander Freydank
Short Subject The Conscience of Nhem En, Steven Okazaki
  The Final Inch, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
  Smile Pinki, Megan Mylan
  The Witness—From the Balcony of Room 306, Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde
Feature The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
  Encounters at the End of the World, Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
  The Garden, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
  Man on Wire, James Marsh and Simon Chinn
  Trouble the Water, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal
Foreign Language Film The Baader Meinhof Complex, Germany
  The Class, France
  Departures, Japan
  Revanche, Austria
  Waltz with Bashir, Israel


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