Broadcast Film Critics: A 'Slumdog' sweep

Slumdog Millionaire
began what could very well be a six-week awards run tonight, picking up five Critics’ Choice awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. The only other films to score multiple prizes were The Dark Knight, which won Best Supporting Actor for Heath Ledger and Best Action Movie, and Milk, which was recognized for Best Actor for Sean Penn and Best Ensemble. Meanwhile, one of the two films that went into the night with the most nominations, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, went home empty-handed. The night’s most interesting outcome was in the Best Actress category, which ended up as a tie between Doubt‘s Meryl Streep and Rachel Getting Married‘s Anne Hathaway. Add Revolutionary Road‘s Kate Winslet—who won Best Supporting Actress for The Reader but was left off the BFCA Best Actress list—to the mix, and we’ve got a great three-way race for the Oscar. A complete list of winners is below.

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk
Best Actress: 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 Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Young Actor/Actress: Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Ensemble: Milk
 Best Composer: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Song: "The Wrestler" by Bruce Springsteen, The Wrestler
Best Action Film: The Dark Knight
Best Comedy Film: Tropic Thunder
Best Animated Film: Wall-E
Best Documentary: Man On Wire
Best Foreign Film: Waltz With Bashir

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  • Jonny

    I’m a little disappointed that Benjamin Button went away with nothing :( Could this hurt its Oscar chances? And I find it pretty hard to believe that Frost/Nixon will end up on that final shortlist. I mean, how many #1 votes could it possibly get? It’s racked up a ton of nominations, but it hasn’t won anything major, right?

  • T.L.

    I still say IRON MAN is better than DARK KNIGHT.

  • WarOnTara

    Am I the ONLY person on this earth that does not get the big deal about Slumdog Millionaire?

  • Matt

    Best Actress race is the most exciting in years. At this point, anyone could feasibly take it (Hathaway, Streep, Winslet). BFCA didn’t help at all in helping steer us in a direction.

  • Mar De Plata

    I loved Slumdog Millionaire but even I’m susprised by all the critical hoopla. I’m sure Owen Glieberman must be crying like a little girl right now.

  • dave

    WarOnTara, I agree with you. I thought Slumdog was good. And maybe deserves a spot as a nominee. But I’m a little surprised that it swept these awards. I would have much rather seen a different film win.
    And in regards to the Best Actress race, I was a little surprised that with there being 6 nominees, Kate Winslet was not one of them for Revolutionary Road. Well, at least she won for The Reader!

  • Ivy

    i love you, dev!
    call me!

  • Danny

    Winslet deserves her award for THE READER, not Revolutionary Road. She was unbelievable in the former film–with her subtle acting and accent, almost reminiscent of early Streep.
    Go MILK for Best Actor and Best Picture at the Oscars!

  • B-

    Winslet won’t win for Revolutionary Road because DiCaprio actually managed to out act her throughout the film. Her character was so poorly written that I actually felt bad for Winslet. Revolutionary Road was such a let down. Benjamin Button was a good film. But I can see why it isn’t picking up major awards. It’s just a good film. Also remember that Fincher has a reputation for being “difficult”. Voters always remember these things. That’s why Rourke didn’t win last night. I doubt any major awards will go to him because of who he is. Nevermind that his role in The Wrestler is the best male acting performance of 2008. For anyone saying Slumdog Millionaire was overrated, I think they just haven’t seen the film. Milk is overrated. Not Slumdog. Slumdog has a touching story, it’s expertly directed and doesn’t ever look filmed on a soundstage. And the film sheds light on the bad situation in an ignored part of the world that is just now becoming an unexpected force in the global economy.

  • B-

    Also, my Best Supporting Actress race is between Marisa, Viola, Taraji, and Amy Ryan in Changeling. Cruz was OK. Winslet in Reader is overrated. I love Winslet. I think it’s a shame we live in a world where Charlize, Halle, and Witherspoon all own an Oscar, while Winslet doesn’t have one. But I don’t think this is her year. And I hate when more deserving people lose out to overlooked veterans just because the Academy tries to make good. It’s stupid. And I like Hathaway, but that speech? Come on now. Meryl is the HBIC.

  • Jason Texas

    WOW!!!. Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep winning together!. That would be fantastic in the Oscar!.

  • Jason

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought Hathaway’s speech was bad. That was the most condescending, obnoxious, classless acceptance speech I’ve seen in a LONG time. It’s no wonder Angelina looked like she wanted to reach out and strangle her. Rather than coming off as humbled to share the award with the “great Meryl Streep” she came off like she deserved it over the other actresses: that it was “fitting.” I think that speech could have just destroyed her shot at winning an Oscar.

  • CJ

    If Slumdog doesn’t win the Best Picture, then the Oscars will totally lose all credibility with me. I haven’t felt so emotionally involved in a film in years. It was truly the best. It deserves every award. I’m so glad Dev won – he was wonderful!

  • diana

    i have to register my love of Angela Bassett’s dress….so elegant and modern….anyone else tired of bare arms?????

  • james

    You would probably have to go back to the ’70s to find another year with so many strong female performances… Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Sally Hawkins, Kristen Scott Thomas and Anne Hathaway all gave award-worthy performances… and the supporting roles were also incredible with Kate Winslet (again), Viola Davis, Amy Adams, Rosemarie DeWitt, Marisa Tomei…

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