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London critics pick ‘Slumdog’

Danny Boyle film nabs six nominations

Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” heads the field with six noms for the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards, which take place Feb. 4 at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel as a fund-raiser for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

“Milk,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Wall-E,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Wrestler” battle it out for the film-of-the-year prize; the Attenborough award for Brit film is a race among “Slumdog,” “Man on Wire,” “In Bruges,” “Happy-Go-Lucky” and “Hunger.”

“Slumdog” also is nommed for director and Brit director (Boyle) and Brit actor (Dev Patel).

Three films boast five noms each. These are Ron Howard’s “Frost/Nixon,” Mike Leigh’s laffer “Happy-Go-Lucky” and Steve McQueen’s “Hunger.”

Josh Brolin (“W.”), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon”), Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight”) Sean Penn (“Milk”) and Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler”) contend for the actor award.

Kate Winslet proved a fave with the Brit crix for her turns in “Revolutionary Road” and “The Reader.” She received noms for both films in two categories: actress and Brit actress.

Judi Dench will be presented with the Dilys Powell Award for outstanding contribution to cinema.

The 29th awards will inaugurate a young Brit performer prize. Nominees besides Patel are Asa Butterfield (“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”), Georgia Groome (“Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging”), Bill Milner (“Son of Rambow”), Will Poulter (“Son of Rambow”) and Thomas Turgoose (“Somers Town,” “Eden Lake”).

The London Film Critics’ Circle has more than 100 members who write for newspapers and magazines published all over the U.K.

And the nominees are:

FILM OF THE YEAR
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“Wall-E”
“The Wrestler”

THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
“Happy-Go-Lucky”
“Hunger”
“In Bruges”
“Man on Wire”
Slumdog Millionaire

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
“Gomorrah”
“I’ve Loved You So Long”
“The Orphanage”
“Persepolis”
“Waltz With Bashir”

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Darren Aronofsky – “The Wrestler”
Danny Boyle – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Clint Eastwood – “Changeling”
David Fincher – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Gus Van Sant – “Milk”

BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Danny Boyle – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Terence Davies – “Of Time and the City”
Mike Leigh – “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Steve McQueen – “Hunger”
Christopher Nolan – “The Dark Knight”

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Josh Brolin – “W.”
Frank Langella – “Frost/Nixon”
Heath Ledger – “The Dark Knight”
Sean Penn – “Milk”
Mickey Rourke – “The Wrestler”

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Penelope Cruz – “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Anne Hathaway – “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie – “Changeling”
Meryl Streep – “Doubt”
Kate Winslet – “The Reader” and “Revolutionary Road”

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Michael Fassbender – “Hunger”
Ralph Fiennes – “The Duchess”
Ben Kingsley – “Elegy”
Dev Patel – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Michael Sheen – “Frost/Nixon”

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Rebecca Hall – “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Sally Hawkins – “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Kristin Scott Thomas – “I’ve Loved You So Long”
Tilda Swinton – “Julia”
Kate Winslet – “The Reader”and “Revolutionary Road”

BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Liam Cunningham – “Hunger”
Toby Jones – “Frost/Nixon” and “W.”
Eddie Marsan – “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Peter O’Toole – “Dean Spanley”
Mark Strong – “Body of Lies”

BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Hayley Atwell – “The Duchess”
Kristin Scott Thomas – “Easy Virtue”
Tilda Swinton – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Emma Thompson – “Brideshead Revisited”
Alexis Zegerman – “Happy-Go-Lucky”

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Simon Beaufoy – “Slumdog Millionaire”
David Hare – “The Reader”
Martin McDonagh – “In Bruges”
Peter Morgan – “Frost/Nixon”
Eric Roth – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

THE NSPCC AWARD: YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Asa Butterfield – “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”
Georgia Groome – “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging”
Bill Milner – “Son of Rambow”
Dev Patel – “Slumdog Millionaire”
Will Poulter – “Son of Rambow”
Thomas Turgoose – “Somers Town” and “Eden Lake”

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Joanna Hogg – writer-director: “Unrelated”
Martin McDonagh – writer-director: “In Bruges”
Steve McQueen – writer-director: “Hunger”
James Watkins – writer-director: “Eden Lake”
Rupert Wyatt – director: “The Escapist”

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
Judi Dench

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