Milk Gets 8 Oscar Nominations

seanpenn-harveymilk-flmThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences drinks your Milkshake all up as it announced eight nominations today for the Harvey Milk biopic, making it a heavyweight contender to actually win an award, which we’ll find out next month. Who got nominated? And what major Hollywood actor (and lunatic) turned down a role in the film? Find out after the jump.

And the categories are (insert drum roll here)

  • Best Motion Picture of the Year
  • Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role – Sean Penn
  • Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Josh Brolin
  • Achievement in Directing – Gus Van Sant
  • Best Original Screenplay – Dustin Lance Black
  • Achievement in Costume Design– Danny Glicker
  • Achievement in Film Editing – Elliot Graham
  • Best Orignal Score – Danny Elfman

With Brolin getting a nomination, you have to wonder if Tom Cruise is kicking himself for turning down the role of homophobic City Supervisor Dan White. Director Gus Van Sant’s original plan was for Cruise to play the role:

“I thought if I connected those two guys (Cruise and Penn) at the time I could go into the studio and say, ”Look, I have these two guys’ and they would do it. There was always the problem with the gay community aspect of the film so they needed a reason to overcome that fear that they had of making a film that wasn’t going to have a very big return money wise, so that was my plan.”