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Chicago critics laud ‘Wall-E’

Animated feature wins four awards

The Chicago Film Critics Assn. has named Disney/Pixar’s “Wall-E” the best pic of 2008. In addition to top honors, the toon also picked up prizes for original screenplay (Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon), score (Thomas Newman) and animated feature.

Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” nabbed nods for director, adapted screenplay (Simon Beaufoy) and promising newcomer (Dev Patel).

In the acting categories, Mickey Rourke and Anne Hathaway continued their run collecting laurels with their turns in “The Wrestler” and “Rachel Getting Married.”

The promising director award went to Tomas Alfredson for his vampire drama “Let the Right One In.”


DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

ACTOR: Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: “Wall•E” (Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: “Slumdog Millionaire” (Simon Beaufoy)




CINEMATOGRAPHY: “The Dark Knight” (Wally Pfister)

ORIGINAL SCORE: “Wall•E” (Thomas Newman)

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER: Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire”

MOST PROMISING DIRECTOR: Tomas Alfredson, “Let the Right One In”

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