Southeastern critics drink up ‘Milk’

'Shotgun Stories' nab Wyatt Award

The Southeastern Film Critics Assn. has named “Milk” the best pic of 2008.

The critics org also feted “Milk” scribe Dustin Lance Black for best original screenplay and Sean Penn for lead actor.

Anne Hathaway won lead actress honors for her work in “Rachel Getting Married.”

In the supporting categories, Heath Ledger and Penelope Cruz were honored for their work in “The Dark Knight” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” respectively.

The Wyatt Award, which honors a pic that best captures the “spirit of the South,” was given to “Shotgun Stories,” starring “Revolutionary Road” thesp Michael Shannon.

PICTURE
“Milk”
Runners-up:
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“WALL-E”
“The Dark Knight”
“The Wrestler”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Reader”
“The Visitor”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Revolutionary Road”

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM:
“Let the Right One In” (Sweden)
Runner-up: “I’ve Loved You So Long” (France)

DOCUMENTARY:
“Man on Wire”
Runner-up: “Young@Heart”

ANIMATED FEATURE:
“WALL-E”
Runner-up: “Kung Fu Panda”

DIRECTOR:
Danny Boyle – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Runner-up: Gus Van Sant – “Milk”

ACTOR:
Sean Penn – “Milk”
Runner-up: Mickey Rourke – “The Wrestler”

ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway – “Rachel Getting Married”
Runner-up: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Heath Ledger – “The Dark Knight”
Runner-up: Robert Downey, Jr. – “Tropic Thunder”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Penelope Cruz – “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Runner-up: Viola Davis – “Doubt”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Dustin Lance Black – “Milk”
Runner-up: Robert D. Siegel – “The Wrestler”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Simon Beaufoy – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Runner-up: Eric Roth and Robin Swicord – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

WYATT AWARD (for the film that best captures the “spirit of the South”):
“Shotgun Stories”
Runner-up: “The Order of Myths”

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