"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" leads the Academy Awards with 13 nominations, including best picture.
The movie also took acting honors for Brad Pitt and Taraji Phenson, and a directing slot for David Fincher.
Other best picture nominees are "Frost/Nixon," "Milk,' "The Reader" and Slumdog Millionaire.
Heath Ledger has a supporting actor nomination for "The Dark Knight," but the Batman blockbuster has been shut out for other top categories, such as best picture and director.
The Oscars will be handed out February 22.
More on supporting actor nominations:
Heath Ledger has earned an Academy Awards nomination on the one- year anniversary of his death.
Ledger is among supporting-actor nominees for his last completed role, as the diabolical villain the Joker in the Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight."
Other supporting-actor nominees are:
Josh Brolin, "Milk"; Robert Downey Jr., "Tropic Thunder"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt"; Michael Shannon, "Revolutionary Road."
Ledger has been considered a likely Oscar nominee virtually since his death a year ago from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
The actor's honors this awards season include the supporting-actor Golden Globe.