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Heath Ledger was posthumously nominated as Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. NPR pop culture blogger Linda Holmes predicts he'll win. Stephen Vaughan/Warner Bros. hide caption

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Heath Ledger as the Joker in "The Dark Knight."

Heath Ledger was posthumously nominated as Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. NPR pop culture blogger Linda Holmes predicts he'll win.

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The Dark Knight, Iron Man, and Indiana Jones were hits at the box office in 2008. But only one of those films got a major Oscar nomination — Heath Ledger, for supporting actor in The Dark Knight.

Linda Holmes writes the 'Monkey See' blog for NPR, and she has some opinions on the academy's selections.

"I think the biggest surprise for me was that neither The Dark Knight nor Wall-E managed to get a Best Picture nomination," Holmes says. She also was surprised to see Revolutionary Road and Gran Torino overlooked.

Holmes predicts that Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) will come away with the Oscar for Best Actor, and Meryl Streep (Doubt) will be chosen as Best Actress.

"I think it's a relatively dull set of nominations," Holmes says. "There really were very few surprises ... a lot of what everybody expected to see."

Which nominations surprised you? Where do you think the Oscar committee goofed?

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

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