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Slumdog Millionaire Wins Big at 14th Annual Critics Choice Awards

Slumdog Millionaire Poster

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LOS ANGELES, Jan 9, 2009 / FW/ — The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) bestowed indie film Slumdog Millionaire with five awards – Best Picture, Best Director for Danny Boyle, Best Writer for Simon Beaufoy, Best Young Actor/Actress for Dev Patel and Best Composer for A.R. Rahman.

Sean Penn and Milk received two awards, Best Actor and Best Ensemble. Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married) and Meryl Streep (Doubt) tied in the lead actress category, marking only the second tie in a lead actor category.

Heath Ledger made history with his posthumous win for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Dark Knight, the first posthumous award in the history of Critics’ Choice Awards. The Dark Knight also received the first Best Action Movie award.

Kate Winslet was honored with the Best Supporting Actress award for her work in The Reader. Bruce Springsteen received the award for Best Song for “The Wrestler” from The Wrestler. Wall-E received Best Animated Feature and Tropic Thunder won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy. Best Picture Made for Television went to “John Adams,” Best Foreign Language Film was bestowed to Waltz with Bashir, and Man on Wire won Best Documentary Feature.

Richard Gere, an international film star and an accomplished advocate for human rights, was presented with the second annual Joel Siegel Award. The BFCA created this award to honor those in the film community whose work both on and off screen inspires and contributes to the good of humanity. This special award pays homage to beloved “Good Morning America” film critic and BFCA member Joel Siegel, who lost his long struggle with cancer in June of 2007.

Presenters at the gala included: Amy Adams, Kevin Bacon (wardrobed by Calvin Klein), Elizabeth Banks, Angela Bassett, Kate Beckinsale, Kristen Bell, Corbin Bleu, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Josh Brolin, Amanda Bynes, Common, Laura Dern, Rosemarie DeWitt, Aaron Eckhart, Brendan Fraser, Sally Hawkins, Dustin Hoffman (wardrobed by Calvin Klein), Diane Lane, Melissa Leo, Eva Longoria, Chris Noth, Virginia Madsen, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Katy Perry, Jason Segel, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Marisa Tomei.

Anne Hathaway arrives at Critics Choice Awards 2009 wearing Gianfranco Ferre from the Spring / Summer 2009 collection.

Anne Hathaway arrives at Critics Choice Awards 2009 wearing Gianfranco Ferre from the Spring / Summer 2009 collection.

WINNERS OF THE 14TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

BEST PICTURE
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST ACTOR
Sean Penn – Milk

BEST ACTRESS – Tie
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
and
Meryl Streep – Doubt

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kate Winslet – The Reader

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Milk

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire

BEST WRITER (Original or Adapted Screenplay)
Simon Beaufoy – Slumdog Millionaire

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Wall-E

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS (Under 21)
Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire

BEST ACTION MOVIE
The Dark Knight

BEST COMEDY
Tropic Thunder

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
“John Adams”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Waltz With Bashir

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Man On Wire

BEST SONG (performer/writer, film)
“The Wrestler” – Bruce Springsteen/Bruce Springsteen – The Wrestler

BEST COMPOSER
A.R. Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire

JOEL SIEGEL AWARD
Richard Gere

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