Oscar Nominees Due: Who'll Make the Cut?

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The nominees for the 81st Academy Awards are due to be announced this morning at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time — 8:30 on the East Coast. Actor Forrest Whitaker will join the head of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to unveil the list.

Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne talks to Entertainment Weekly's Dave Karger about his guesses on which movies and movie stars will make the cut — and who'll wake up to bad news.

The 81st Academy Awards Winners and Nominees

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Slumdog Millionaire led the trophy tally at the 81st Academy Awards with eight wins, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography. Read the list of Oscar winners (in ALL CAPS) and nominees.

Best Picture: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

Actor: Richard Jenkins, The Visitor; Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon; SEAN PENN, MILK; Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler.

Actress: Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married; Angelina Jolie, Changeling; Melissa Leo, Frozen River; Meryl Streep, Doubt; KATE WINSLET, THE READER.

Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, Milk; Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt; HEATH LEDGER, THE DARK KNIGHT; Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road.

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.

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.

Foreign Film: The Baader Meinhof Complex, Germany; The Class, France; DEPARTURES, JAPAN; Revanche, Austria; Waltz With Bashir, Israel.

Adapted Screenplay: 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.

Original Screenplay: Courtney Hunt, Frozen River; Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky; Martin McDonagh, In Bruges; DUSTIN LANCE BLACK, MILK; Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter, WALL-E.

Animated Feature Film: Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, WALL-E.

Art Direction: Changeling, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, The Dark Knight, The Duchess, Revolutionary Road.

Cinematography: Changeling, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, The Reader, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

Sound Mixing: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, WALL-E, Wanted.

Sound Editing: Iron Man, THE DARK KNIGHT, Slumdog Millionaire, WALL-E, Wanted.

Original Score: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Alexandre Desplat; Defiance, James Newton Howard; Milk, Danny Elfman; SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, A.R. RAHMAN; WALL-E, Thomas Newman.

Original Song: "Down to Earth" from WALL-E, Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman; "JAI HO" from SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, A.R. RAHMAN and GULZAR; "O Sava" from Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam.

Costume: Australia, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, THE DUCHESS, Milk, Revolutionary Road.

Documentary Feature: The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), Encounters at the End of the World, The Garden, MAN ON WIRE, Trouble the Water.

Documentary (short subject): The Conscience of Nhem En, The Final Inch, SMILE PINKI, The Witness — From the Balcony of Room 306.

Film Editing: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, Frost/Nixon, Milk, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

Makeup: THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, The Dark Knight, Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

Animated Short Film: LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES, Lavatory — Lovestory, Oktapodi, Presto, This Way Up.

Live Action Short Film: Auf der Strecke (On the Line), Manon on the Asphalt, New Boy, The Pig, SPIELZEUGLAND (TOYLAND).

Visual Effects: The Dark Knight, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, Iron Man.

Academy Award winner previously announced this year: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (Oscar statuette): Jerry Lewis

From The Associated Press

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