“Benjamin Button, ” “Slumdog” lead Oscar nominees

The high-profile Brad Pitt drama "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and the low-budget Indian saga "Slumdog Millionaire" led the field of Oscar contenders on Thursday, while Heath Ledger became only the sixth actor to get a posthumous nomination.

"Benjamin Button," for which Pitt earned a nod as best actor for playing a man who ages backward, had 13 nominations in all -- one short of the record shared by "All About Eve" (1959) and "Titanic" (1997).

"Slumdog Millionaire," the tale of an impoverished orphan's improbable victory on India's version of the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," followed with 10 nominations.

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