Slumdog Millionaire Top Dog at Critics Choice Awards
The Critics Choice Awards were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Thursday night, and Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner. The India-based film about a teenager hitting it big on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, took home five awards including, best film, best director (Danny Boyle), best writer (Simon Beaufoy), best young actor (Dev Patel), and best composer (A.R. Rahman).
There was a tie in the best actress category, Anne Hathaway, from Rachel Getting Married shared the award with Meryl Streep, for Doubt. Sean Penn took home the best actor award for his role in Milk. Other winners included, Kate Winslet, best supporting actress for The Reader and the late Heath Ledger won best supporting actor for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight.
Wall-E was honored as the best animated film, while The Dark Knight took the award for best action film and Tropic Thunder was named the best comedy.
The Critics Choice Awards are voted on by 200 television, radio and newspaper movie critics, and are seen as a precurser to what could happen during the Hoolywood awards season. The Golden Globes will be held on Sunday, January 11th. Oscar nominations will be announced January 22nd and will air February 22nd.