Benjamin Button leads Oscar nominations with 13; Heath Ledger also gets nod

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button leads the Oscars with 13 nominations, including best picture, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday morning.

The movie also got nominations for actor Brad Pitt and actress Taraji P. Henson, as well as director David Fincher.

Posthumous Golden Globe winner Heath Ledger, meanwhile, got a nomination for supporting actor for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

Otherwise, the critically acclaimed Batman sequel was shut out of other top Oscar categories, despite buzz that it might nab best-picture and director nominations. It got eight nominations, mainly in technical categories such as cinematography, visual effects and editing.

Science fiction, fantasy and supernatural movies otherwise got mostly ignored by the academy in the major categories, as in years past. Iron Man and Hellboy II: The Golden Army got nominated in technical categories.

The nominees for the animated-feature-film Oscar included Bolt, Kung Fu Panda and WALL-E.

WALL-E also got a nomination for original screenplay, an unusual occurrence for an animated movie, as well as for original score and original song.

The Oscars will be handed out in ceremonies Feb. 22 in Hollywood, which will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.