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The nominations for the Oscars have been released with “Waltz with Bashir” standing out as one of the hottest favourites.

The Israeli Golden Globe winner is up for the Best Foreign Language Film prize along with French Palme D’Or holder, “The Class,” Austria’s “Revanche” and German film “The Baader Meinhof Complex.” For the actresses, Kate Winslet will be hoping it will be sixth time lucky, although she faces stiff competition that includes Meryl Streep. This is Streep’s fifteenth nomination. In the Best Film category, Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” has been gathering momentum since its Gloden Globes win. Another contender is “Milk” from director Gus Van Sant, a film which also earned Sean Penn a Best Actor nomination. Mickey Rourke is hotly-tipped in the Actor category, although there is the possibility of a husband and wife double; like his other half Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt is on the shortlist for best performance in a leading role. Pitt helped “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” to 13 nominations, including that of Best Film.
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