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‘Milk,’ ‘Slumdog’ tops in Vancouver

Fincher, Boyle make directors cut

Gus Van Sant’s “Milk,” Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” and Pixar toon “Wall-E” topped the list for the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, who announced their nominations for the best of 2008.

Boyle and Van Sant also made the shortlist of best helmers, which also include David Fincher for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

The Canuck crix also honored Canadian features and actors in their selections. “C’est pas moi, je le jure!,” “Heaven on Earth” and “The Necessities of Life” are all up for the best Canadian film prize. Other Canuck categories include director for a Canadian film, performance by an actor and actress in a Canadian film.

William Vince will receive a special award his contribution to the British Columbia film industry.

Winners will be announced at the Railway Club in Vancouver on Jan. 12.

And the nominees are:

BEST FILM
“Milk “
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“WALL-E”

BEST CANADIAN FILM
“C’est pas moi, je le jure!”
“Heaven on Earth”
“The Necessities of Life”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“The Edge of Heaven”
“Let the Right One In”
“Tell No One”

BEST BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM
“Fifty Dead Men Walking”
“Edison and Leo”
“Stone of Destiny”

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
David Fincher, “The” “Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Gus Van Sant, “Milk”

BEST DIRECTOR OF A CANADIAN FILM
Atom Egoyan, “Adoration “
Philippe Falardeau, “C’est pas moi, je le jure!”
Deepa Mehta, “Heaven on Earth”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE
Sean Penn, “Milk “
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE
Sally Hawkins”, Happy-Go-Lucky
“Meryl Streep”, Doubt
“Kate Winslet”, Revolutionary Road/The Reader”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Josh Brolin, “Milk “
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt “
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Viola Davis, “Doubt”
Rosemarie DeWitt, “Rachel Getting Married”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Antoine L’Écuyer, “C’est pas moi, je le jure!”
Jim Sturgess, “Fifty Dead Men Walking”
Natar Ungalaaq, “The Necessities of Life”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Marianne Fortier, “Maman est chez le coiffeur”
Julianne Moore, “Blindness “
Preity Zinta, “Heaven on Earth”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Gael Garcia Bernal, “Blindness “
Randy Quaid, “Real Time”
Mark Ruffalo, “Blindness ”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Suzanne Clément, “C’est pas moi, je le jure!”
Maya Ritter, “Finn’s Girl”
Janet Wright, “Real Time”

Achievement Award for Contribution to the British Columbia Film Industry
William Vince

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