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I'll post the awards/top lists from various sources in this thread. Also, please do not discuss in detail about movies in this thread.

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National Board of Review

Film: "Slumdog Millionaire"

Director: David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Actor: Clint Eastwood, "Gran Torino"

Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"

Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, "Milk"

Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

Foreign Language Film: "Mongol"

Documentary: "Man On Wire"

Animated Feature: "Wall-E"

Ensemble Cast: "Doubt"

Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: Dev Patel, "Slumdog Millionaire"

Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: Viola Davis, "Doubt"

Directorial Debut: Courtney Hunt, "Frozen River"

Original Screenplay: Nick Schenk, "Gran Torino"

Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire"

Eric Roth, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Spotlight Award: Melissa Leo, "Frozen River"

Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor"

The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression: "Trumbo"


"Burn After Reading"


"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button"

"The Dark Knight"



"Gran Torino"



"The Wrestler"


Edge Of Heaven

Let The Right One In

Roman De Guerre

A Secret

Waltz With Bashir


American Teen

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

Dear Zachary

Encounters At The End Of The World

Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired


Molly Haskell And Andrew Sarris

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Just as long as he wins the Oscar. :)

It's getting a lot of buzz and the trailer looks fantastic. It looks like a really good love story.

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Washington DC Film Critics Award Winners


Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire/Fox Searchlight

Best Director: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Actor: Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)

Best Actress: Meryl Streep (Doubt)

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)

Best Supporting Actress: Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married)

Best Original Screenplay: Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Animated: Wall∙E/Disney&Pixar

Best Documentary: Man on Wire/Magnolia Pictures

Best Foreign Film: Let the Right One In/Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing

Best Ensemble: Doubt/Miramax

Best Breakthrough: Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button/Paramount

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I think it's always weird for people to speculate on movies that aren't really out yet. Who knows how the public will react to them yet. I know the Oscars aren't supposed to be a popularity contest, but at the same time, I think we should hear some public opinions other than just those who judge movies for a living.

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I cannot wait to see Meryl Streep in Doubt! I think the Washington DC Film Critics played it safe with some of their choices though. I also can't wait for the Dark Knight to be released on DVD! I also plan on catching up with a lot of these films on my winter break.

ETA: "Burn After Reading" was a stupid film. Definitely NOT a top ten. The acting was unbearable IMO.

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I'm glad Silmdog Millionaire is picking up lots of momentum. Though, when it comes to the Oscars, like Sideways, Little Miss Sunshine, and Juno before it, it will probably walk away with the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, while a more mainstream picture walks away with the Best Picture prize.

I'm glad Dev Patel is getting most of the Breakthrough Performance critics awards as well. I know him from the British show Skins, a brilliant comedic show btw. He plays a crack smoking and sex hungry devout Muslim boy on it, his portrayal is hilarious. Silmdog Millionaire is only his first film, and SECOND professional acting role. He's proven to me that at the age of 18, he's incredibly versatile.

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Roger Ebert's Best Films of 2008



"The Dark Knight"


"The Fall"


"Frozen River"


"Iron Man"


"Rachel Getting Married"

"The Reader" A

"Revolutionary Road"

"Shotgun Stories"

"Slumdog Millionaire"

"Synecdoche, New York"



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This is a big week in terms of the critics awards. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Film Critics will be revealing their winners, and the New York Film Critics will be revealing their winners on Wednesday. Really, those are the most important film critics awards and tend to be the best predictors of the Oscar race.

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Nominees for the 14th annual Critics’ Choice Awards



“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

“The Dark Knight”




“The Reader”

“Slumdog Millionaire”


“The Wrestler”


Clint Eastwood, “Gran Torino”

Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”

Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”

Sean Penn, “Milk”

Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”


Kate Beckinsale, “Nothing But the Truth”

Cate Blanchett, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”

Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”

Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”

Meryl Streep, “Doubt”


Josh Brolin, “Milk”

Robert Downey, Jr., “Tropic Thunder”

Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”

Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”

James Franco, “Milk”


Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

Viola Davis, “Doubt”

Vera Farmiga, “Nothing But the Truth”

Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

Kate Winslet, “The Reader”


“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

“The Dark Knight”



“Rachel Getting Married”


Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”

Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight”

Gus Van Sant, “Milk”


Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”

Peter Morgan, “Frost/Nixon”

Eric Roth, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

John Patrick Shanley, “Doubt”



“Kung Fu Panda”

“Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”


“Waltz With Bashir”


Dakota Fanning, “The Secret Life of Bees”

David Kross, “The Reader”

Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Brandon Walters, “Australia”


“The Dark Knight”

“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

“Iron Man”

“Quantum of Solace”



“Burn After Reading”

“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”

“Role Models”

“Tropic Thunder”

“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”


“John Adams”


“Coco Chanel”


“A Christmas Tale”


“I’ve Loved You So Long”

“Let the Right One In”


“Waltz With Bashir”



“Man on Wire”

“Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired”

“Standard Operating Procedure”

“Young at Heart”


“Another Way to Die,” Jack White and Alicia Keys/Jack White, “Quantum of Solace”

“Down to Earth,” Peter Gabriel/Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, “Wall-E”

“I Thought I Lost You,” Miley Cyrus and John Travolta/Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele, “Bolt”

“Jaiho,” Sukhwinder Singh/A.R. Rahman and Gulzar, “Slumdog Millionaire”

“The Wrestler,” Bruce Springsteen/Bruce Springsteen, “The Wrestler”


Alexandre Desplat, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Clint Eastwood, “Changeling”

Danny Elfman, “Milk”

Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, “The Dark Knight”

A.R. Rahman, “Slumdog Millionaire”

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L.A. Film Critics Award Winners


Best Picture: "Wall-E"

Best Director: Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"

Best Actor: Sean Penn, "Milk"

Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, "Happy-Go-Lucky"

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"

Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Elegy"

Best Screenplay: Mike Leigh, "Happy-Go-Lucky"

Best Foreign-Language Film: "Still Life"

Best Documentary: "Man on Wire"

Best Animation: "Waltz With Bashir"

Best Cinematography: Yu Lik Wai, "Still Life"

Best Production Design: Mark Friedberg, "Synecdoche, New York"

Best Music/Score: A.R. Rahman, "Slumdog Millionaire"

New Generation: Steve McQueen, "Hunger"

Douglas E. Edwards independent/experimental film/video: James Benning, "RR" and "Casting a Glance"

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