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This year's nominees in the Best Picture category.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  • The Story: Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald story, the tale of an unusual child who is born old and gets younger as he ages.
  • Directed By: David Fincher
  • Total Number of Nominations: 13
  • Resources: Watch the Trailer  |  Find Showtimes  |  Review

Frost/Nixon

  • The Story: The backstory (based on the stage play) behind David Frost's famous series of interviews with Richard Nixon.
  • Directed By: Ron Howard
  • Total Number of Nominations: Five
  • Resources: Watch the Trailer  |  Find Showtimes  |  Review

Milk

  • The Story: A biopic about Harvey Milk, the nation's first gay man elected to public office.
  • Directed By: Gus Van Sant
  • Total Number of Nominations: Eight
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The Reader

  • The Story: A drama, based on the book by Bernhard Schlink, about a woman on trial for Nazi war crimes and the former lover who discovers her true identity.
  • Directed By: Stephen Daldry
  • Total Number of Nominations: Five
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Slumdog Millionaire

  • The Story: A poor Mumbai teen must reveal his complex backstory after he wins on the Hindi version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"
  • Directed By: Danny Boyle
  • Total Number of Nominations: 10
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