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Vat to eat for glowing healthy skin…

What To Eat For Glowing Healthy Skin

ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2007) — The old adage “you are what you eat” not only applies to our overall health and nutrition, but how our skin looks and feels as well. As the largest organ in the body, our skin can benefit from the same nutrition we get from foods that have a positive effect on our heart and other major organs. In fact, new research suggests that eating foods rich in protein and certain vitamins and minerals might provide valuable anti-aging effects.

Speaking November 8 at the American Academy of Dermatology’s SKIN academy (Academy), dermatologist Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York, N.Y., and clinical assistant professor of dermatology and associate faculty of the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa., discussed the importance of eating nutritious foods for optimal skin health and how foods can aggravate common medical skin conditions.

“While there’s no mistaking how our diet affects our overall health, we’re just beginning to understand how certain foods – or lack thereof – can impact our skin’s health,” said Dr. Taylor. “In addition, studies show that some food and beverages can even worsen common skin conditions and cause allergic reactions that manifest on the skin.”

Good Food, Good Skin
Perhaps the simplest way to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and ensure the skin is getting optimal nutrition from the foods we eat is to follow the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Daily Food Guide, commonly referred to as the food pyramid.
These include:

  • Choosing and eating at least three ounces of whole grain breads, cereals, rice, crackers or pasta.
  • Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including more dark green and orange vegetables.
  • Consuming calcium-rich foods, such as fat-free or low-fat milk and other dairy products.
  • Opting for a variety of low-fat or lean meats, poultry and fish.

“The foods recommended by the USDA as part of a healthy diet contain valuable vitamins and minerals that have proven health benefits for our bodies,” said Dr. Taylor. “Research has shown that the antioxidants in vitamins C and E can protect the skin from sun damage and help reduce damage in skin cells caused by harmful free radicals, which contribute to aging skin. Similarly, we have long known that the B vitamin biotin is responsible for forming the basis of skin, hair and nail cells, and vitamin A – found in many fruits and vegetables – maintains and repairs skin tissue. Without an adequate supply of these vitamins, you may notice it in the appearance of your skin, hair and nails.”

While the direct link between food consumption and skin damage has not been widely studied, one study comparing the correlation between food and nutrient intake with skin wrinkling found a positive relationship. The study, “Skin Wrinkling: Can Food Make a Difference?”, published in the February 2001 issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, determined that Swedish subjects aged 70 and older had the least skin wrinkling in a sun-exposed site among the four ethnic groups studied. This cross-sectional study, which analyzed the pooled data using the major food groups, suggests “that subjects with a higher intake of vegetables, olive oil, and monounsaturated fat and legumes, but a lower intake of milk/dairy products, butter, margarine and sugar products had less skin wrinkling in a sun-exposed site.”

“More studies need to be done to determine the long-term benefits of food on our skin,” said Dr. Taylor. “Eating a variety of healthy foods and drinking plenty of water so the skin stays hydrated should help most people improve the appearance of their skin.”

Foods That Can Worsen Skin Conditions
For the millions of Americans affected by medical skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema or psoriasis, eating certain foods or consuming alcohol could aggravate their symptoms or trigger an unexpected flare-up. Dr. Taylor recommended that patients affected by these chronic skin conditions should be aware of certain food interactions in order to better manage their treatment regimen.

Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by the foods we eat. Although numerous studies have not found a link between diet and acne, emerging research now suggests there may be a link between a low-glycemic diet and an improvement in acne. The study, “Low-Glycemic-Load Diet May Improve Acne in Young Men,” published in the July 2007 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined whether male acne patients aged 15 to 25 who followed a low-glycemic diet (25 percent of energy from protein and 45 percent from low-glycemic-index carbohydrates) had a reduction in acne lesions vs. a control group that consumed a diet rich in carbohydrates.

“The study found that at 12 weeks, acne lesions had decreased more in the young men in the low-glycemic group than their counterparts in the control group whose diet had no consideration for the glycemic index,” said Dr. Taylor. “This suggests that there could be a relationship between limiting carbohydrate-rich foods in acne patients’ diets and an improvement in their acne, but more studies need to be done to confirm this finding before we consider any future dietary modifications for our patients.”

On the other hand, some acne patients have noticed that certain foods worsen their symptoms – particularly chocolate, greasy foods, soft drinks, peanuts or foods high in fat.

“Patients who notice a cause-effect relationship between eating certain foods and acne flare-ups should avoid those foods,” said Dr. Taylor. “However, following a strict diet will not clear acne either. The best advice is to eat a well-balanced diet and follow the treatment plan recommended by your dermatologist.”

Rosacea, characterized by facial redness and swelling, commonly can be triggered by spicy foods or alcohol. In fact, a survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society found that the most common rosacea triggers are alcohol (52 percent), spicy foods (45 percent) and heated beverages (36 percent).

“Patients with rosacea should keep a journal to track their food and beverage triggers, so they can record how the experience made them feel and remind themselves to avoid these items in the future,” advised Dr. Taylor. “They also should read the labels at the grocery store and proceed with caution when it comes to spices, such as cayenne, red, black and white pepper, curry, chili powder, and even salsa.”

In addition, foods such as liver, vinegar, soy sauce, dairy products, certain fruits and vegetables, hot chocolate, cider, tea and coffee have been known to cause flare-ups in some rosacea patients.

Another chronic skin condition that can be aggravated by food is eczema, which is commonly characterized by dry, red and itchy patches on the skin. Foods that have been known to worsen eczema symptoms include eggs, milk, peanuts, soy, wheat and fish, while some patients even report that chocolate, coffee, alcohol, tomatoes and sugar can trigger a flare-up. Dr. Taylor added that juices from meats and fruits can irritate already-sensitive skin when they come in contact with the skin, and she suggested that eczema patients also should keep a trigger journal as a reference for what foods or drinks may have caused a flare-up.

Research has shown that psoriasis, a serious medical condition affecting the immune system and characterized by patches of raised, reddish skin covered by silvery-white scales, can be triggered by heavy drinking and that alcohol consumption may even inhibit the effectiveness of psoriasis treatment.
Dr. Taylor cautioned psoriasis patients who drink to do so in moderation and to avoid alcohol if they suspect it is worsening their symptoms.

“While certain foods also can trigger psoriasis, patients should avoid any radical diets that claim to ‘cure’ psoriasis,” explained Dr. Taylor. “There is not a cure for psoriasis and extreme changes in diet actually can worsen symptoms.”

Dr. Taylor added that individuals who have any questions about how their diet can affect the health and appearance of their skin should discuss their concerns with a dermatologist.

Adapted from materials provided by American Academy of Dermatology.

Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair

Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair

When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that count — it’s what you put in your body, too.
By Hilary Parker
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

“Lather, rinse, repeat” may be standard advice, but shampoo and conditioner alone won’t give you the healthy hair you crave. For the most luxurious locks possible, you’ll need to step out of the shower, and into the kitchen.

“Your hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch every month, and the foundation of all of our new hair, skin, and nail growth is the nutrients we eat,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a Chicago-based dietitian. “If you eat a healthy diet, you will grow stronger and healthier cells throughout your entire body — inside and out.”
If you were born with fine, thin hair, you’ll never have rope-thick tresses — no matter what you eat — but a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of growth-promoting protein and iron can make a difference, say nutrition and hair experts.

And beware of dietary supplements often marketed to thicken hair or make it grow faster. They may backfire.

“Even though you can find beauty supplements on the shelves of most stores, try to get the nutrients you need from foods whenever possible,” Paradi Mirmirani, MD, a dermatologist in Vallejo, Calif., tells WebMD. “In rare instances, excess supplementation of certain nutrients, such as vitamin A, has been linked to hair loss.”
Read on for the 10 top foods that should be the foundation of your healthy hair diet.
(What are some of the things you do to keep YOUR hair healthy and shiny? Talk with others on the Skin Care: Share Your Tips message board.)

Healthy Hair Food No. 1: Salmon

When it comes to foods that pack a beauty punch, it’s hard to beat salmon. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this high-quality protein source is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron.

“Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.”

Vegetarian? Include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fats.

Healthy Hair Food No. 2: Dark Green Vegetables

Popeye the Sailor Man didn’t eat all that spinach for healthy hair, but he could have. Spinach, like broccoli and Swiss chard, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body’s natural hair conditioner.
Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium.

Healthy Hair Food No. 3: Beans

Beans, beans, they’re good for your … hair?
Yes, it’s true. Legumes like kidney beans and lentils should be an important part of your hair-care diet. Not only do they provide plentiful protein to promote hair growth, but ample iron, zinc, and biotin. While rare, biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair.
Blatner, who is also a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, recommends three or more cups of lentils or beans each week.

Healthy Hair Food No. 4: Nuts

Do you go nuts for thick, shiny hair? You should.
Brazil nuts are one of nature’s best sources of selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp.
Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may help condition your hair. They are also a terrific source of zinc, as are cashews, pecans, and almonds. A zinc deficiency can lead to hair shedding, so make sure nuts are a regular on your healthy hair menu.

Healthy Hair Food No. 5: Poultry

Chickens and turkeys may have feathers, but the high-quality protein they provide will help give you the healthy hair you crave.
“Without adequate protein or with low-quality protein, one can experience weak brittle hair, while a profound protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color,” Giancoli tells WebMD.
Poultry also provides iron with a high degree of bioavailability, meaning your body can easily reap its benefits.

Healthy Hair Food No. 6: Eggs

When it comes to healthy hair, it doesn’t matter whether you like your eggs scrambled, fried, or over easy. However they’re served up, eggs are one of the best protein sources you can find.
They also contain biotin and vitamin B-12, which are important beauty nutrients.

Healthy Hair Food No. 7: Whole Grains

Sink your teeth into hearty whole grains, including whole-wheat bread and fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, for a hair-healthy dose of zinc, iron, and B vitamins.
A whole-grain snack can also be a great go-to food when your energy is zapped halfway through the afternoon, and you’ve still got hours to go before dinner.

Healthy Hair Food No. 8: Oysters

Oysters may be better known for their reputation as an aphrodisiac, but they can also lead to healthy hair — and who doesn’t love that?
The key to their love and hair-boosting abilities is zinc — a powerful antioxidant.
If oysters don’t make a regular appearance on your dinner plate, don’t despair. In addition to getting it from whole grains and nuts, you can also get zinc from beef and lamb.

Healthy Hair Food No. 9: Low-Fat Dairy Products

Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth. They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources.
For some healthy hair foods “to-go,” try throwing a yogurt or cottage cheese cup in your bag when you head out in the morning to snack on later in the day. You can even boost their hair benefits by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseeds or walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.

Healthy Hair Food No. 10: Carrots

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good vision.
Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you’d be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad.

The Big Picture: A Balanced Diet for Healthy Hair

When it comes to foods for healthy hair and beauty, variety is the best way to go.
“An overall balanced diet of lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fatty fish like salmon and low-fat dairy will help keep hair healthy,” Giancoli says.
If you’re tempted to drop pounds fast with the latest fad diet, it could leave you with less-than-healthy hair — along with a growling stomach. Low-calorie diets are often low in some of the most important nutrients for healthy hair, including omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin A. In addition to stunting hair growth and leading to dullness, super-low calorie plans may even cause hair loss.
“Crash diets can affect the hair cycle,” Mirmirani tells WebMD. “Losing a significant amount of weight in a short amount of time can affect that normal hair rhythm. Two to three months later, you might notice a significant increase in shedding. This is a temporary problem that you recover from with a well-rounded diet.”

The Paradoxical Commandments

The Paradoxical Commandments
By Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

A better today…

Dare to Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!

Ünd ze nominees are…

I am FREAKING OUT!!! I am so, so, so excited that Mickey Rourke was nominated for the Wrestler!!! That Kate Winslet has her shot at best Actress for the Reader!!! That ROBERT DOWNEY JR. (!!!!!!!) YESSSS!!! Holy smokes is nominated for Tropic Thunder?!!?!!! THIS IS AMAZING! He did a phenomenal and HILARIOUS job with this role… I mean really the man has impressed the daylights out of me. GO ROBERT GO!!! And Heath Ledger…. WOW. What a testament to his gift as an actor. WOW. WOW. WOW. This is going to be one heck of an Oscars!!! ZOWIE KAPOW!!! I’m so torn between Heath and Robert Downey! I don’t know which one I want to win more!

Click here for your downloadable ballot!

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films)
  • Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
  • Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features)
  • Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Josh Brolin in “Milk” (Focus Features)
  • Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.)
  • Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Angelina Jolie in “Changeling” (Universal)
  • Melissa Leo in “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Meryl Streep in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Viola Davis in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Bolt” (Walt Disney) Chris Williams and Byron Howard

  • “Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount) John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
    “WALL-E” (Walt Disney) Andrew Stanton

Achievement in art direction

  • “Changeling” (Universal) Art Direction: James J. Murakami
    Set Decoration: Gary Fettis

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt
    Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo

  • “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) Art Direction: Nathan Crowley
    Set Decoration: Peter Lando

  • “The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films) Art Direction: Michael Carlin
    Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway

  • “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage) Art Direction: Kristi Zea
    Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

Achievement in cinematography

  • “Changeling” (Universal) Tom Stern

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Claudio Miranda

  • “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) Wally Pfister

  • “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company) Chris Menges and Roger Deakins

  • “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Anthony Dod Mantle

Achievement in costume design

  • “Australia” (20th Century Fox) Catherine Martin

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Jacqueline West

  • “The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films) Michael O’Connor

  • “Milk” (Focus Features) Danny Glicker

  • “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage) Albert Wolsky

Achievement in directing

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) David Fincher

  • “Frost/Nixon” (Universal) Ron Howard

  • “Milk” (Focus Features) Gus Van Sant

  • “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company) Stephen Daldry

  • “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Danny Boyle

Best documentary feature

  • “The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)” (Cinema Guild)
    A Pandinlao Films Production
    Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath

  • “Encounters at the End of the World” (THINKFilm and Image Entertainment)
    A Creative Differences Production
    Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser

  • “The Garden”
    A Black Valley Films Production
    Scott Hamilton Kennedy

  • “Man on Wire” (Magnolia Pictures)
    A Wall to Wall Production
    James Marsh and Simon Chinn

  • “Trouble the Water” (Zeitgeist Films)
    An Elsewhere Films Production
    Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

Best documentary short subject

  • “The Conscience of Nhem En”
    A Farallon Films Production
    Steven Okazaki

  • “The Final Inch”
    A Vermilion Films Production
    Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant

  • “Smile Pinki”
    A Principe Production
    Megan Mylan

  • “The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306”
    A Rock Paper Scissors Production
    Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

Achievement in film editing

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

  • “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) Lee Smith

  • “Frost/Nixon” (Universal) Mike Hill and Dan Hanley

  • “Milk” (Focus Features) Elliot Graham

  • “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Chris Dickens

Best foreign language film of the year

  • “The Baader Meinhof Complex” A Constantin Film Production – Germany
  • “The Class” (Sony Pictures Classics) A Haut et Court Production – France
  • “Departures” (Regent Releasing) A Departures Film Partners Production – Japan
  • “Revanche” (Janus Films) A Prisma Film/Fernseh Production – Austria
  • “Waltz with Bashir” (Sony Pictures Classics) A Bridgit Folman Film Gang Production – Israel

Achievement in makeup

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Greg Cannom

  • “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan

  • “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (Universal) Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Alexandre Desplat

  • “Defiance” (Paramount Vantage) James Newton Howard

  • “Milk” (Focus Features) Danny Elfman

  • “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) A.R. Rahman

  • “WALL-E” (Walt Disney) Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” (Walt Disney) Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman
    Lyric by Peter Gabriel

  • “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Music by A.R. Rahman
    Lyric by Gulzar

  • “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

Best motion picture of the year

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
    A Kennedy/Marshall Production
    Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers

  • “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
    A Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production
    Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers

  • “Milk” (Focus Features)
    A Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production
    Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers

  • “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company)
    A Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production
    Nominees to be determined

  • “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight)
    A Celador Films Production
    Christian Colson, Producer

Best animated short film

  • “La Maison en Petits Cubes”
    A Robot Communications Production
    Kunio Kato

  • “Lavatory – Lovestory”
    A Melnitsa Animation Studio and CTB Film Company Production
    Konstantin Bronzit

  • “Oktapodi” (Talantis Films)
    A Gobelins, L’école de l’image Production
    Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand

  • “Presto” (Walt Disney)
    A Pixar Animation Studios Production
    Doug Sweetland

  • “This Way Up”
    A Nexus Production
    Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

Best live action short film

  • “Auf der Strecke (On the Line)” (Hamburg Shortfilmagency)
    An Academy of Media Arts Cologne Production
    Reto Caffi

  • “Manon on the Asphalt” (La Luna Productions)
    A La Luna Production
    Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont

  • “New Boy” (Network Ireland Television)
    A Zanzibar Films Production
    Steph Green and Tamara Anghie

  • “The Pig”
    An M & M Production
    Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh

  • “Spielzeugland (Toyland)”
    A Mephisto Film Production
    Jochen Alexander Freydank

Achievement in sound editing

  • “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) Richard King

  • “Iron Man” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment) Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes

  • “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Tom Sayers

  • “WALL-E” (Walt Disney) Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood

  • “Wanted” (Universal) Wylie Stateman

Achievement in sound mixing

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten

  • “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick

  • “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty

  • “WALL-E” (Walt Disney) Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt

  • “Wanted” (Universal) Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

Achievement in visual effects

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron

  • “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin

  • “Iron Man” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment) John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

Adapted screenplay

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Screenplay by Eric Roth
    Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord

  • “Doubt” (Miramax) Written by John Patrick Shanley

  • “Frost/Nixon” (Universal) Screenplay by Peter Morgan

  • “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company) Screenplay by David Hare

  • “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

Original screenplay

  • “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics) Written by Courtney Hunt

  • “Happy-Go-Lucky” (Miramax) Written by Mike Leigh

  • “In Bruges” (Focus Features) Written by Martin McDonagh

  • “Milk” (Focus Features) Written by Dustin Lance Black

  • “WALL-E” (Walt Disney) Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon
    Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences



(This list does not include Short Films or Documentary Short Subjects)

“Australia,” a 20th Century Fox/Bazmark Film 2 Pty Ltd Production (20th Century Fox) (1 nomination)

Costume design

“The Baader Meinhof Complex,” a Constantin Film Production (1 nomination)

Best foreign language film (Germany)

“The Betrayal (Nerakhoon),” a Pandinlao Films Production (Cinema Guild) (1 nomination)

Documentary feature

“Bolt,” a Walt Disney Pictures Production (Walt Disney) (1 nomination)

Best animated feature film

“Changeling,” a Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment Production (Universal) (3 nominations)

Angelina Jolie – Performance by an actress in a leading role
Art direction

“The Class,” a Haut et Court Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (1 nomination)

Best foreign language film (France)

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” a Kennedy/Marshall Production (Paramount and Warner Bros.) (13 nominations)

Brad Pitt – Performance by an actor in a leading role
Taraji P. Henson – Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Art direction
Costume design
Film editing
Original score
Best picture
Sound mixing
Visual effects
Adapted screenplay

“The Dark Knight,” a Cape Road Limited Production (Warner Bros.) (8 nominations)

Heath Ledger – Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Art direction
Film editing
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Visual effects

“Defiance,” a Grosvenor Park/Bedford Falls Production (Paramount Vantage) (1 nomination)

Original score

“Departures,” a Departures Film Partners Production (Regent Releasing) (1 nomination)

Best foreign language film (Japan)

“Doubt,” a Scott Rudin Production (Miramax) (5 nominations)

Philip Seymour Hoffman – Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Meryl Streep – Performance by an actress in a leading role
Amy Adams – Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Viola Davis – Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Adapted screenplay

“The Duchess,” a Qwerty Films/Magnolia Mae Films in association with Pathé Renn and BIM Distribuzione Production (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films) (2 nominations)

Art direction
Costume design

“Encounters at the End of the World,” a Creative Differences Production (THINKFilm and Image Entertainment) (1 nomination)

Documentary feature

“Frost/Nixon,” a Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production (Universal) (5 nominations)

Frank Langella – Performance by an actor in a leading role
Film editing
Best picture
Adapted screenplay

“Frozen River,” a Harwood Hunt Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (2 nominations)

Melissa Leo – Performance by an actress in a leading role
Original screenplay

“The Garden,” a Black Valley Films Production (1 nomination)

Documentary feature

“Happy-Go-Lucky,” a Thin Man Films/Simon Channing Williams Production (Miramax) (1 nomination)

Original screenplay

“Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” a Universal Pictures Production (Universal) (1 nomination)


“In Bruges,” a Blueprint Pictures Production (Focus Features) (1 nomination)

Original screenplay

“Iron Man,” a Marvel Studios Production (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment) (2 nominations)

Sound editing
Visual effects

“Kung Fu Panda,” a DreamWorks Animation LLC Production (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount) (1 nomination)

Best animated feature film

“Man on Wire,” a Wall to Wall Production (Magnolia Pictures) (1 nomination)

Documentary feature

“Milk,” a Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production (Focus Features) (8 nominations)

Sean Penn – Performance by an actor in a leading role
Josh Brolin – Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Costume design
Film editing
Original score
Best picture
Original screenplay

“Rachel Getting Married,” a Clinica Estetico Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (1 nomination)

Anne Hathaway – Performance by an actress in a leading role

“The Reader,” a Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production (The Weinstein Company) (5 nominations)

Kate Winslet – Performance by an actress in a leading role
Best picture
Adapted screenplay

“Revanche,” a Prisma Film/Fernseh Production (Janus Films) (1 nomination)

Best foreign language film (Austria)

“Revolutionary Road,” an Evamere Entertainment, BBC Films and Neal Street Production (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage) (3 nominations)

Michael Shannon – Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Art direction
Costume design

“Slumdog Millionaire,” a Celador Films Production (Fox Searchlight) (10 nominations)

Film editing
Original score
Original song – “Jai Ho”
Original song – “O Saya”
Best picture
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Adapted screenplay

“Tropic Thunder,” a Red Hour Production (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/ Paramount) (1 nomination)

Robert Downey Jr. – Performance by an actor in a supporting role

“Trouble the Water,” an Elsewhere Films Production (Zeitgeist Films) (1 nomination)

Documentary feature

“Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” a Weinstein Company Production (The Weinstein Company) (1 nomination)

Penélope Cruz – Performance by an actress in a supporting role

“The Visitor,” a Groundswell, Participant, Next Wednesday Production (Overture Films) (1 nomination)

Richard Jenkins – Performance by an actor in a leading role

“WALL-E,” a Pixar Animation Studios Production (Walt Disney) (6 nominations)

Best animated feature film
Original score
Original song – “Down to Earth”
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Original screenplay

“Waltz with Bashir,” a Bridgit Folman Film Gang Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (1 nomination)

Best foreign language film (Israel)

“Wanted,” a Universal Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment Production (Universal) (2 nominations)

Sound editing
Sound mixing

“The Wrestler,” a Protozoa Pictures/Wild Bunch Production (Fox Searchlight) (2 nominations)

Mickey Rourke – Performance by an actor in a leading role
Marisa Tomei – Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences



(This list does not include Short Films or Documentary Short Subjects.)

Picture Distribution Company Nominations
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Paramount and Warner Bros. 13
“Slumdog Millionaire” Fox Searchlight 10
“The Dark Knight” Warner Bros. 8
“Milk” Focus Features 8
“WALL-E” Walt Disney 6
“Doubt” Miramax 5
“Frost/Nixon” Universal 5
“The Reader” The Weinstein Company 5
“Changeling” Universal 3
“Revolutionary Road” DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage 3
“The Duchess” Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films 2
“Frozen River” Sony Pictures Classics 2
“Iron Man” Paramount and Marvel Entertainment 2
“Wanted” Universal 2
“The Wrestler” Fox Searchlight 2

Eat ze frog…

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Five tips for resolution success

1. Eat the frog

“Mark Twain said if you eat a frog first thing in the morning that will probably be the worst thing you do all day. So, start your day by tackling an important task, especially if it is a task you aren’t crazy about.”

2. Concrastinate
“If procrastinating means putting things off, concrastinate should be doing things immediately. Work in 15 minute increments. If there is a task you don’t like, set a timer and do it for 15 minutes. At the end of 15 minutes, you will be amazed at how much you’ve accomplished. At that point, either stop or if you have built up some momentum, keep going.”

3. Nix the multi-tasking
“We pride ourselves on being able to do two, three or four things at once, and that is fine if the activities are fairly simple, like stuffing envelopes while on a conference call or eating lunch while reading e-mail. But if at least one of the tasks is more complicated, like putting together a PowerPoint or writing a report, then it deserves your full attention. Set aside a period of time that you can devote to that one tasks. You will make fewer mistakes and get more done in less time.”

4. Buddy up
“If your resolution is to do something simple like eat lunch away from your desk or go for a walk on your break time or keep your desk clean, make a pact with a co-worker who has a similar goal. Support each other in keeping your resolutions.”

5. Plan it
“A few minutes of planning can save you hours of time. Either first thing in the morning or at the end of the day, take a few minutes to plan. It doesn’t have to be a long formal process, just jot down the things you want to do that day (or the next if you do this at the end of the day).”