"The Big 9" are the nine Academy Award categories that will be the highlight of this year's show. Each category is a tight race and no clear winner has emerged from the other awards shows, except for WALL-E which is a shoo-in for this year's Best Animate Feature award

Best Film

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

(The Kennedy/Marshall Company)
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Directed by: David Fincher

Written by:Eric Roth (screenplay & screen story), Robin Swicord (screen story)

Starring: Bard Pitt, Cate Blanchett
Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon (Imagine Entertainment)

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Directed by: Ron Howard

Written by:Peter Morgan (screenplay & play)

Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell
Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaite (Celador Films)

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Directed by: Danny Boyle & Loveleen Tandan

Written by:Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Vikas Swarup (novel)

Starring: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto

Milk

Milk (Focus Features)

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Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Written by:Dustin Lance Black

Starring: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco
TheReader

The Reader (Mirage Enterprises)

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Directed by: Stephen Daldry

Written by: David Hare (screenplay), bernhard Schlink (book)

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Jeanette Hain, Kate Winslett

Best Actor

Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins

(The Visitor)
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Frank Langella

Frank Langella

(Frost/Nixon)
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Sean Penn

Sean Penn

(Milk)
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Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

(The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
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Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke

(The Wrestler)
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Best Actress

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

(Rachel Getting Married)
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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

(Changeling)
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Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo

(Frozen River)
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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

(Doubt)
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Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet

(The Reader)
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Best Supporting Actor

Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin

(Milk)
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Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.

(Tropic Thunder)
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Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

(Doubt)
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Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger

(The Dark Knight)
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Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon

(Revolutionary Road)
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Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

(Doubt)
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Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

(Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
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Viola Davis

Viola Davis

(Doubt)
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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson

(The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
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Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei

(The Wrestler)
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Best Director

David Fincher

David Fincher

(The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
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Ron Howard

Ron Howard

(Frost/Nixon)
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Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant

(Milk)
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Stephen Daldry

Stephen Daldry

(The Reader)
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Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle

(Slumdog Millionaire)
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Best Animated Film

Bolt

Bolt (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

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Directed by: Byron Howard, Chris Williams

Written by:
Dan Fogelman (screenplay), Chris William (screenplay)

Starring: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman
KungFuPanda

Bolt (DreamWorks Animation)

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Directed by: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson

Written by:
Jonathan Aibel (screenplay) & Glenn Berger (screenplay)
Ethan Reiff (story) & Cyrus Voris (story)

Starring: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie
Wall-E

WALL-E (Pixar Animation Studios)

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Directed by: Andrew Stanton

Written by:
Andrew Stanton (original story) & Pete Docter (original story)
Andrew Stanton (screenplay) & Jim Reardon (screenplay)

Starring: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Best Original Screenplay

Courtney Hunt

"Frozen River"

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Mike Leigh

"Happy-Go-Luck"

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Martin McDonagh

"In Bruges"

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Dustin Lance Black

"Milk"

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Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon & Pete
Docter


"WALL-E"

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Best Adapted Screenplay

Eric Roth & Robin Swicord

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

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John Patrick Shanley

"Doubt"

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Peter Morgan

"Frost/Nixon"

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David Hare

"The Reader"

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Simon Beaufoy

"Slumdog Millionaire"

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