Thursday, December 18, 2008

Florida Film Critics Circle: Slumdog Millionaire Tops Awards!

Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire grabbed the most honors in the just-announced 13th annual Florida Film Critics Circle awards.

Boyle's film, the story of a kid from the Mumbai slums who becomes an unlikely quiz-show celebrity, told in time-tripping fashion, picked up awards in the categories of picture, director, and screenplay (Simon Beaufoy). Close on its heels was Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, the tale, ultimately poignant, of a washed-up ringside entertainer, with wins for actor (Mickey Rourke) and supporting actress (Marisa Tomei).

Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight was a double winner, too, with honors for supporting actor (the late Heath Ledger) and cinematography (Wally Pfister).

Superb choices, all, and I'm pleased to report that the FFCC (I'm a longtime member) also honored Melissa Leo for her compelling performance as a down-on-her-luck single mother, caught up in a smuggling operation, in Frozen River.

The full list is below.

Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Actor: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Actress: Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Supp. Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Supp. Actress: Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight
Foreign Language: Let The Right One In
Animated Feature: Wall*E
Documentary: Man On Wire
Breakout: Martin McDonagh, writer/director of "In Bruges"
Golden Orange: Dick Morris/Sarasota Film Society

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