• “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is the movie to beat.
  • “The Dark Knight” and “Milk” were left out of the Best Picture category but don’t be surprised to see both films among the Academy Award nominations.
  • Plenty of star power with DiCaprio, Penn and Pitt vying for Best Actor… Jolie, Streep and Winslet for Best Actress.
  • What, no love for “Sex and the City” and Sarah Jessica Parker?
  • TV drama is missing “Lost,” “Friday Night Lights” and “The Wire,” but it doesn’t matter. “Mad Men” will win again, and January Jones, fabulous as Betty Draper, is up for Best Actress.
  • TV comedy noms are stale. Tony Shalhoub for the fifth straight year? Jim Parsons (“Big Bang Theory”) deserves a nod.
  • “In Treatment” snagged five nominations, but somehow young Mia Wasikowska was passed over.

The nominations:

Best Picture, Drama:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Picture, Comedy:
Burn After Reading
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Director:
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry, The Reader
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Sam Mendes, Revolutionary Road

Best Actor in a Drama:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rouke, The Wrestler

Best Actress, Drama:
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

Best Actress, Comedy:
Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Frances McDormand, Burn After Reading
Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson, Last Chance Harvey

Best Actor, Comedy:
Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrell, In Bruges
James Franco, Pineapple Express
Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges
Dustin Hoffman, Last Chance Harvey

Best Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams, Doubt
Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Kate Winslet, The Reader

Best Supporting Actor:

Tom Cruise, Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
Ralph Fiennes, The Duchess
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Best Screenplay:
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
David Hare, The Reader
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

Best Foreign-Language Film:
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
Everlasting Moments (Sweden)
Gomorrah (Italy)
I’ve Loved You So Long (France)
Waltz With Bashir (Israel)

Best Animated Film:
Kung Fu Panda

Best Original Song:
“Down to Earth,” Wall-E
“Gran Torino,” Gran Torino
“I Thought I Lost You,” Bolt
“Once in a Lifetime,” Cadillac Records
“The Wrestler,” The Wrestler

TV Series, Drama:
In Treatment
Mad Men
True Blood

TV Series, Comedy:
30 Rock
The Office

Best Actress, TV Drama:

Sally Field, Brothers and Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: SVU
January Jones, Mad Men
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Anna Paquin, True Blood

Best Actor, TV Drama:

Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, The Tudors

Best Actress, TV Comedy:
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Debra Messing, The Starter Wife
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

Best Actor, TV Comedy:
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Kevin Connelly, Entourage
David Duchovny, Californication
Tony Shalhoub, Monk

Best Supporting Actress, TV:
Eileen Atkins, Cranford
Laura Dern, Recount
Melissa George, In Treatment
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers and Sisters
Diane Wiest, In Treatment

Best Supporting Actor, TV:
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Denis Leary, Recount
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Blair Underwood, In Treatment
Tom Wilkinson, John Adams

Best TV Mini-Series:

A Raisin in the Sun
Bernard and Doris
John Adams