DC Critics honor ‘Slumdog’

Rourke, Streep take top acting prizes

Fox Searchlight’s “Slumdog Millionaire” topped the list for best pictures of 2008 by the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association.

Directed by Danny Boyle, the film nabbed four prizes in all, including best director, best breakthrough performance by Dav Patel and best adapated screenplay by Simon Beaufoy.

Mickey Rourke won top acting honors for his turn in Fox Searchlight’s “The Wrestler,” while Meryl Streep took home the prize for best actress for her performance in Miramax’s “Doubt.”

Supporting trophies went to Heath Ledger for Warner Bros. film “The Dark Knight” and Rosemarie DeWitt for Sony Pictures Classics’ “Rachel Getting Married.”

The WAFCA is comprised of 46 DC-VA-MD based film critics from television, radio, print and online.

Film: “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight)

Director: Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”)

Actor: Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler”)

Actress: Meryl Streep (“Doubt”)

Ensemble: “Doubt” (Miramax)

Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight”)

Supporting Actress: Rosemarie DeWitt (“Rachel Getting Married”)

Breakthrough Performance: Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”)

Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”)

Original Screenplay: Jenny Lumet (“Rachel Getting Married”)

Animated Feature: “Wall·E” (Disney & Pixar)

Foreign Language Film: “Let The Right One In” (Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing)

Documentary: “Man On Wire” (Magnolia)

Art Direction: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount)

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