Spotlight on the Oscars

By Kelly Adams

Award season has started, but the spotlight is shining on the 81st academy awards ceremony, which will take place on 22 February 2009. More commonly known as the Oscars, this year’s ceremony might be one to fill the history books.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) has earned 13 nominations, followed by Slumdog Millionaire (2008) with 10, leaving them both as this year’s leaders in the Oscar race.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, directed by David Fincher, stars Brad Pitt, a nominee in the Best Actor category, and Cate Blanchett. The basic plotline involves a man found to be aging in reverse.

Slumdog Millionaire has gathered a cult following and is based on the story of a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The film is directed by Danny Boyle, who is a nominee in the Best Director category.The late Heath Ledger has been nominated for a posthumous award for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008). If Ledger wins the award, he will be the second-ever actor in Oscar history to win a posthumous award.

Titanic (1997) and All about Eve (1950) are the tied most nominated films in Oscar history, with 14 nominations each. Both movies won the Best Picture category, with Titanic winning 11 categories and All about Eve winning 6.

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