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This year was a big one at the box office, full of captivating films and moving performances. Now that the Academy has made its annual best-of list, we want you to weigh in. Click ahead to see all of the acting nominees as well as the films battling for best picture. After each set of nominees, vote for your favorite in each category. Then, be sure to tune to Live at the Academy Awards with Lisa Rinna and Joey Fatone on Feb. 22 at 6 pm/ET for the results!
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Lead ActorVeteran character actor Richard Jenkins earned his first Academy Award nomination for his role in The Visitor — the film's sole nomination.
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Lead ActorFrank Langella won a Tony for playing Richard Nixon on the stage version of Frost/Nixon and could add an Oscar to his mantle for the film adaptation.
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Lead ActorSean Penn picked up his fifth Oscar nomination for his engrossing portrayal of slain gay-rights activist/politician Harvey Milk in Milk. He is the only previous winner in the category, having triumphed in 2004 for Mystic River.
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Lead ActorThirteen years after nabbing his first Oscar nomination for supporting actor in Twelve Monkeys, Brad Pitt is back on Oscar's radar, this time in lead, for the age-defying The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
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Lead ActorComeback kid Mickey Rourke is flying high with his first Oscar nomination for The Wrestler. The pup-loving actor took home the Golden Globe for his performance.
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Lead ActressAnne Hathaway scored her first Oscar nomination for her critically acclaimed performance in Rachel Getting Married. The star is up against her Devil Wears Prada boss Meryl Streep.
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Lead ActressAngelina Jolie matched beau Brad Pitt with a lead nomination for Changeling. She previously won for her supporting turn in Girl, Interrupted.
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Lead ActressMelissa Leo is a first-time Oscar nominee for her performance in Frozen River, in which she plays a working class woman who turns to immigrant smuggling to make ends meet.
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Lead ActressAlready the most nominated performer in Academy Award history, Doubt star Meryl Streep extended that lead with her 15th nomination. Despite the double digit nominations, Streep has only won twice.
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Lead ActressThe Reader's Kate Winslet is putting all her eggs in one basket — or rather in lead actress — after failing to grab two nominations following her double win at the Golden Globes. This is her sixth nomination, and she has yet to win.
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Supporting ActorHe may have played Dubya, but Josh Brolin is getting singled out for his role as Milk's Dan White, the San Francisco supervisor who assassinated Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
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Supporting ActorAs a "dude playing a dude disguised as another dude," Robert Downey Jr. represented for Tropic Thunder. He was previously nominated for 1992's Chaplin in lead.
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Supporting ActorDoubt's Philip Seymour Hoffman received his third Oscar nomination in four years. He won in lead for 2005's Capote and was nominated in supporting last year for Charlie Wilson's War.
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Supporting ActorA past nominee in lead for Brokeback Mountain, Heath Ledger earned a nomination for The Dark Knight on the one-year anniversary of his death. He is the seventh performer to receive a posthumous Oscar nomination.
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Supporting ActorIt wasn't Kate Winslet or Leonardo DiCaprio who represented for Revolutionary Road, but rather Michael Shannon, who garnerd his first Ocar nomination.
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Supporting ActressNominated in the same category three years ago for Junebug, Amy Adams returns to the race for her part as innocent Sister James in Doubt.
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Supporting ActressThe Oscars love their crazies! As a mentally unstable ex-wife, Penelope Cruz earned her second Oscar nomination for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She was nominated two years ago in lead for Volver.
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Supporting ActressViola Davis picked up Doubt's fourth acting nomination. Despite the love for the actors, the film was shut out of the best picture race.
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Supporting ActressTaraji P. Henson was snubbed by Oscar for Hustle & Flow, but voters remembered to check off her name for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Guess playing Brad Pitt's mom helps, huh?
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Supporting ActressMarisa Tomei snagged her third nomination for playing stripper to Mickey Rourke's Wrestler. She won in this category 16 years ago for My Cousin Vinny and was nominated seven years ago for In the Bedroom.
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PictureSweeping and weepy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button leads the field with 13 nominations.
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PictureWill the Oscars go political this year? Frost/Nixon collected five nominations, including one for director Ron Howard.
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PictureThe biopic always does well, and with Proposition 8 still fresh on many minds, can Gus Van Sant's Milk eke out a win? The film received eight nominations — the third most.
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PictureAs Ricky Gervais said at the Golden Globes: "Do a Holocaust movie. The awards will come." The Reader racked up five nods, including one for, of course, Kate Winslet.
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PictureSlumdog Millionaire may have the second most nominations (10), but it's still considered the one to beat following its slew of critics and Golden Globe wins.
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