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Phoenix critics honor ‘Slumdog’

'Milk' cast wins ensemble prize

The Phoenix Film Critics Society named Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” best picture of the year at their 9th annual awards.

“Slumdog” nabbed six of the 27 honors handed out by the org, including director, adapted screenplay, editing, breakthrough performance for Dev Patel and best performance by a youth (male) for Ayush Mahesh Khedekar.

Top acting honors went to Sean Penn for “Milk” and Meryl Streep for “Doubt.” “Milk” was also recognized for best ensemble.

“In Bruges” took home prizes for overlooked film, breakthrough behind the camera and best screenplay.

The Phoenix Film Critics Society is made up of journalists from Phoenix-area print, TV and radio outlets.

And the winners are:

Picture
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Top Ten Films of 2008 (in alphabetical order)

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
  • “The Dark Knight”
  • “Frost/Nixon”
  • “In Bruges”
  • “Milk”
  • “The Reader”
  • “Slumdog Millionaire”
  • “The Visitor”
  • “Wall-E”
  • “The Wrestler”

Director
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

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Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role
Sean Penn, “Milk”

Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

Acting Ensemble
The cast of “Milk”

screenplay written directly for the screen
“In Bruges”

screenplay adapted from another medium
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Live Action Family Film
“High School Musical 3: Senior Year”

Overlooked Film
“In Bruges”

Animated Film
“Wall-E”

Foreign Language Film
“Let the Right One In”

Documentary
“Man on Wire”

Original Song
“The Wrestler” from The Wrestler”

Original Score
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Cinematography
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Film Editing
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Production Design
“The Dark Knight”

Costume Design
“The Duchess”

Visual Effects
“The Dark Knight”

Stunts
“The Dark Knight”

Breakout on Camera
Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Breakout Behind the Camera
Martin McDonagh, “In Bruges”

Performance by a Youth – Male
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Performance by a Youth – Female
Dakota Fanning, “Secret Life of Bees”

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