And here we go. The Academy announces its complete list of nominations bright and early Thursday morning. Usually, even in extremely predictable years, there are always one or two surprises. Some of the key questions this year are whether or not Clint Eastwood gets a nod for perhaps his last acting role, if The Dark Knight can indeed become the first “comic book movie” to score a Best Picture nomination, and how well will the Academy embrace a small film like Slumdog Millionaire. Here are our predictions:

Best Picture:

The Dark Knight
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director:

Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Gus Van Sant, Milk
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Actor:

Sean Penn, Milk
Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon

Best Actress:

Meryl Streep, Doubt
Cate Blanchett, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sally Hawkins, Happy Go Lucky
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

Best Supporting Actor:

Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Josh Brolin, Milk
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder

Best Supporting Actress:

Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Kate Winslet, The Reader
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Viola Davis, Doubt
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Total nominations:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – 12
The Dark Knight – 8
Slumdog Millionaire – 7
Frost/Nixon – 6
Milk – 6
Doubt – 6
The Reader – 5
Iron Man – 4
Revolutionary Road – 3