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Bollywood-ish Sleeper Hit Tops DGA & Critics Choice Awards

2009 Directors Guild feature film nominations: January 8, 2009. Documentary and television nominations: January 9, 2009

2009 Directors Guild award winners: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, January 31, 2009 


DANNY BOYLESlumdog Millionaire

Mr. Boyles Directorial Team:

* Unit Production Manager: Sanjay Kumar
* First Assistant Director: Raj Acharya
* Second Assistant Director: Avani Batra
* Second Second Assistant Director: Sonia Nemawarkar

DAVID FINCHERThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Mr. Finchers Directorial Team:

* Unit Production Manager: Daniel Stillman
* First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
* Second Assistant Director: Allen Kupetsky
* Second Second Assistant Directors: Pete Waterman, Stephen F. Lonano

RON HOWARD, Frost/Nixon

Mr. Howards Directorial Team:

* Unit Production Manager: Kathleen McGill
* First Assistant Director: William M. Connor
* Second Assistant Director: Kristen Ploucha
* Second Second Assistant Director: Scott R. Meyers


Mr. Nolans Directorial Team:

* Unit Production Managers: Kevin De La Noy, Susan Towner, Jan Foster
* First Assistant Director: Nilo Otero
* Second Assistant Director: Brandon Lambdin
* Additional Second Assistant Director: Jessica Franks
* Second Second Assistant Director: Greg Pawlik 
* Location Manager: James R. McAllister


Mr. Van Sants Directorial Team:

* Unit Production Manager: Barbara A. Hall
* First Assistant Director: David Webb
* Second Assistant Director: John R. Saunders
* Second Second Assistant Director: Ian Calip
* Additional Second Assistant Director: Cindy A. Taylor

Gonzalo Arijon, Stranded: Ive Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains
Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco, The Judge and the General
Ari FolmanWaltz with Bashir
Peter Gilbert and Steve James, At the Death Door House
James Marsh, Man on Wire


Bob Balaban, Bernard and Doris
Tom Hooper, John Adams
Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
Jay RoachRecount
Mikael Solomon, The Andromeda Strain

Dan Attias, The Wire ("Transitions")
Paris Barclay, In Treatment ("Alex")
Jack Bender, Lost ("The Constant")
Alan Taylor, Mad Men ("The Mountain King")
Matthew Weiner, Mad Men ("Mediations in an Emergency")

Paris Barclay, Weeds ("The Three Coolers")
Julian Farino, Entourage ("Tree Trippers")
Paul Feig, The Office ("Dinner Party")
Beth McCarthy-Miller, 30 Rock ("The Reunion: 304") 
Don Scardino, 30 Rock ("Do Over")

Honorary Life Member Award: Film Critic/Author Roger Ebert

Robert B. Aldrich Award: DGA Second Vice-President/Director William Brady

Frank Capra Achievement Award (given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager): Unit Production Manager Kim Kurumada

Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award (for an Associate Director or Stage Manager): DGA Assistant Secretary/Treasurer/Associate Director Scott Berger

Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire

The biggest Critics' Choice 2009 winner was Slumdog Millionaire, which received five awards: best film, best director (Danny Boyle), best young actor (Dev Patel), best writer (Simon Beaufoy), and best composer (A. R. Rahman). As for the biggest loser, that was The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which lost every single one of its eight nominations.

Milk fared a little better, with two wins – best actor for Sean Penn and best ensemble – out of eight nods.

Expect the Academy's choices to be quite similar – perhaps even identical – to the Broadcast Critics' choices in just about every category, from best film to best song. Do not, however, expect a tie for the two The Devil Wears Prada co-stars. That said, either Meryl Streep or Anne Hathaway will likely be the Academy's choice come next February.

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

Also, though hardly a supporting player in The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger seems destined to nab the best supporting actor Oscar come next February.

The Broadcast Film Critics' top nominees were The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Milk, followed by The Dark Knight, Doubt, and Slumdog Millionaire, with six nods each.

Surprisingly, Revolutionary Road is nowhere to be found in the list and neither is Michael Sheen (for Frost/Nixon) or Kristin Scott Thomas (I've Loved You So Long), while Clint Eastwood failed to get a best director nomination (for either Gran Torino or Changeling).

Kate Beckinsale in Nothing But the Truth

On the other hand, Nothing But the Truth received two unexpected nods: best actress (Kate Beckinsale, above) and best supporting actress (Vera Farmiga). (Director Rod Lurie's “direct marketing” approach may have helped his film.)

Curiously, even though each film received only one acting nomination, both Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married are to be found in the best ensemble shortlist. As previously mentioned, both lost to Milk.

2009 Critics' Choice Awards

2009 Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics' Choice Award nominations: December 9, 2008

2009 Critics' Choice winners: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on January 8, 2009

(“*” denotes the winner in each category)


Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire
Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Reader
* Slumdog Millionaire
The Wrestler

A Christmas Tale
I've Loved You So Long
Let the Right One In
* Waltz With Bashir

* Man on Wire
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Standard Operating Procedure
Young at Heart

Kung Fu Panda
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Waltz With Bashir

* Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Gus Van Sant, Milk

Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
* Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Kate Beckinsale, Nothing But the Truth
Cate Blanchett, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
* Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
* Meryl Streep, Doubt

Josh Brolin, Milk
Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
* Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
James Franco, Milk

Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Vera Farmiga, Nothing But the Truth
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
* Kate Winslet, The Reader

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
* Milk
Rachel Getting Married

* Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Clint Eastwood, Changeling
Danny Elfman, Milk
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, The Dark Knight
* A. R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

“Another Way to Die,” Jack White and Alicia Keys/Jack White, Quantum of Solace
“Down to Earth,” Peter Gabriel/Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Wall-E
“I Thought I Lost You,” Miley Cyrus and John Travolta/Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele, Bolt
“Jaiho,” Sukhwinder Singh/A. R. Rahman and Gulzar, Slumdog Millionaire
* “The Wrestler,” Bruce Springsteen/Bruce Springsteen, The Wrestler

Dakota Fanning, The Secret Life of Bees
David Kross, The Reader
* Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
Brandon Walters, Australia

* The Dark Knight
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Iron Man
Quantum of Solace

Burn After Reading
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Role Models
* Tropic Thunder
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

* John Adams
Coco Chanel

Central Ohio Film Critics winners

2009 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards

2009 Central Ohio Film Critics award winners: Jan. 9, 2009

WALL-E by Andrew Stanton
WALL-E by Andrew Stanton

Best Film: WALL·E

2. Slumdog Millionaire
3. Frozen River
4. The Dark Knight
5. Frost/Nixon
6. Milk
7. The Wrestler
8. Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in)
9. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
10. In Bruges

Best Foreign Language Film: 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile)

Runner-Up: Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in)

Best Documentary: Man on Wire

Runner-Up: American Teen

Best Animated Film: WALL·E

Runner-Up: Kung Fu Panda

Best Dir.: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Runner-Up: Andrew Stanton (WALL·E)

Best Actor: Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)

Runner-Up: Sean Penn (Milk)

Best Actress: Melissa Leo (Frozen River)

Runner-Up: Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married)

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)

Runner-Up (tie): Eddie Marsan (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt)

Best Supporting Actress: Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler)

Runner-Up: Misty Upham (Frozen River)

Best Ensemble: The Dark Knight

Runner-Up: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Cinematography: Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight)

Runner-Up: Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Screenplay - Adapted: Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire)

Runner-Up: Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon)

Best Screenplay - Original: Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon (WALL·E)

Runner-Up: Courtney Hunt (Frozen River)

Best Score: Alexandre Desplat (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

Runner-Up: A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire)

Actor of the Year (for an exemplary body of work): Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Tropic Thunder)

Runner-Up: James Franco (Milk, Pineapple Express)

Breakthrough Film Artist: Melissa Leo (Frozen River) (for acting)

Runner-Up: Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) (for directing and screenwriting)

Best Overlooked Film: Ghost Town

Runner-Up: RocknRolla

Metro Manila Film Festival winners

2008 Metro Manila Film Festival: December 25, 2008 and January 7, 2009.

Mark Reilys period romantic drama Baler was the big winner at the 2008 Manila Film Festival, receiving ten awards including best picture, best director, and best actress (Anne Curtis). Taken from a story by Roy C. Iglesias, Baler is set near the end of the 19th century, when Spanish domination of the Philippines was about to come to a close. The films title refers to the locale of a pro-independence revolt. (Spanish domination, however, was replaced by American domination. The Philippines became officially independent only in 1946.)

Best Picture: Baler

2nd Best Picture: Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat

3rd Best Picture: Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After

Best Director: Mark Meily (Baler)

Best Actor: Christopher de Leon (Magkaibigan)

Best Actress: Anne Curtis (Baler)

Best Supporting Actor: Phillip Salvador (Baler)

Best Supporting Actress: Manilyn Reynes (One Night Only)

Best Screenplay: Roy Iglesias (Baler)

Best Original Story: Jose Javier Reyes (One Night Only)

Best Cinematography: Lee Meily (Baler)

Best Editor: Danny Anonuevo (Baler)

Best Musical Score: Jessie Lasaten (Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia)

Best Movie Theme Song: "Lipad," by Jessie Lasaten and Artemio Abad Jr.; performed by Lea Salonga (Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia)

Best Production Design: Aped Santos (Baler)

Best Visual Effects: Robert Quilao (Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia)

Best Sound Recording: Albert Idioma and Wally Dellosa (Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia)

Best Makeup: Noli Villalobos (Desperadas 2)

Best Child Performer: Robert Villar (Shake, Rattle & Roll X)

Gender Sensitive Award (for promoting equality of men and women through film):Baler

Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award: Baler

2009 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards

2009 Kansas City Film Critics Circle award winners: January 5, 2009 

Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Foreign Language Film: Let the Right One In (Sweden)

Best Documentary: Man on Wire

Best Animated Film: WALL-E

Robert Altman Award for Best Director: Darren Aronofsky The Wrestler

Best Actor: Mickey Rourke The Wrestler

Best Actress: Meryl Streep Doubt

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger The Dark Knight

Best Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Original Screenplay: Robert Siegel The Wrestler

Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy Slumdog Millionaire

Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film:The Dark Knight

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  1. mj

    I don't know if the Broadcast critics matter a whole lot or not - some say they do, others say they don't.
    But I can tell you that I do want Milk to win. What a great, inspiring film. It deserves to win every award out there.
    If not Milk, then Wall-e.