Heath Ledger died at the age of 28 from an overdose of prescription drugs

Heath Ledger has been nominated for Best Actor In A Supporting Role at this year’s Oscars.

The late actor has been praised for his role as The Joker in Batman film The Dark Knight.

Brad Pitt , 45, is up for Best Actor In A Leading Role for his portrayal of a man ageing backwards in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.

The movie has earned a staggering 13 nods, while Slumdog Millionaire received 10.

Kate Winslet
, 33, will compete with Angelina Jolie, 33, Meryl Streep, 59, and Anne Hathaway, 26, in the Best Actress In A Leading Role category.

Full list of nominations:

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Richard Jenkins--The Visitor

Frank Langella--Frost/Nixon

Sean Penn--Milk

Brad Pitt--The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Mickey Rourke--The Wrestler



BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Josh Brolin--Milk

Robert Downey Jr.--Tropic Thunder

Philip Seymour Hoffman--Doubt

Heath Ledger--The Dark Knight

Michael Shannon--Revolutionary Road



BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Anne Hathaway--Rachel Getting Married

Angelina Jolie--Changeling

Melissa Leo--Frozen River

Meryl Streep--Doubt

Kate Winslet--Revolutionary Road



BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Amy Adams--Doubt
Penelope Cruz--Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Viola Davis--Doubt

Taraji P. Henson--The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Marisa Tomei--The Wrestler



BEST DIRECTOR

David Fincher--The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Ron Howard--Frost/Nixon

Gus Van Sant--Milk

Stephen Daldry--The Reader

Danny Boyle--Slumdog Millionaire



BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Frozen

Happy-Go-Lucky

In Bruges

Milk

Wall-E


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Eric Roth--The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

John Patrick Shanley--Doubt

Peter Morgan--Frost/Nixon

David Hare--The Reader

Simon Beaufoy--Slumdog Millionaire



BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Bolt

Kung Fu Panda

Wall-E



BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Frost/Nixon

Milk

The Reader

Slumdog Millionaire

Alison Adey