When a half-dozen nominations aren't enough …

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 81st Academy Awards at the crack of dawn Thursday.

Leading the pack were “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” with 13 nominations, and the “Slumdog Millionaire,” with 10.

Both are among Oscar’s five Best Picture contenders. Other Best Picture nominees are “Frost/Nixon,” “Milk” and “The Reader.”

Among the films that were supposedly snubbed by the Oscar voters were “The Dark Knight,” “Gran Torino” and “WALL-E,” all of which did receive awards from various critics groups. (The Utah Film Critics Association, of which I am a member, selected “The Dark Knight” as 2008’s Best Picture.)

But to be fair, “WALL-E” did receive six nominations, including for Best Animated Feature. And “The Dark Knight” did get eight nominations — including a Best Supporting Actor nod for the late Heath Ledger. (Eerily, Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of Ledger’s death.)

By the way, the entire list of Oscar nominations can be found at right here.

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