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Yesterday the Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced their 2008 awards, recognizing Pixar’s WALL-E as best picture. The also recognized director Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire and Sean Penn for best actor for his role in Milk. The also became the second consecutive critics association, the other being the D.C. critics, to award Heath Ledger the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in The Dark Knight, which continues to give momentum to a possible posthumous Oscar.

Also notable is James Marsh’s Man on Wire, which was named Best Documentary. Might I remind you all that Man on Wire is one of the best docs that I’ve seen, period. If you haven’t seen it, I would highly recommend that you run out and get it on DVD. It hit shelves yesterday.

Check out the rest of LAFCA’s awards below:

Best Picture: Wall-E
Runner-up: The Dark Knight

Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Runner-up: Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight

Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk
Runner-up: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Runner-up: Melissa Leo, Frozen River

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Runner-up: Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky

Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Elegy
Runner-up: Viola Davis, Doubt

Best Screenplay: Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky
Runner-up: Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

Best Foreign-Language Film: Still Life
Runner-up: The Class

Best Documentary: Man on Wire
Runner-up: Waltz With Bashir

Best Animation: Waltz With Bashir

Best Cinematography: Yu Lik Wai, Still Life
Runner-up: Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Production Design: Mark Friedberg, Synecdoche, New York
Runner-up: Nathan Crowley, The Dark Knight

Best Music/Score: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
Runner-up: Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

New Generation: Steve McQueen, Hunger


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