Actor recognised for role in The Dark Knight

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