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Washington D.C Critics second the ‘Slumdog’ Vote

The critics from the nation’s capitol are backing Danny Boyle’s audience pleaser. The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics followed in the footsteps of the National Board of Review placing Slumdog Millionaire as the year’s top film.

The critics from the nation’s capitol are backing Danny Boyle’s audience pleaser. The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics followed in the footsteps of the National Board of Review placing Slumdog Millionaire as the year’s top film. Noticeable wins that buck the trend, Mickey Rourke finally gets a push in the Best Actor category for his tired, former professional athlete icon in The Wrestler and actress Rosemarie DeWitt the one who gets married in Rachel Getting Married receives a Best Supporting nod. The biggest surprise comes perhaps in the Foreign Film category where a Swedish horror film got the top nom. Here is the complete list of winners…:

Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight
Best Director: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
Best Actress: Meryl Streep (Doubt)
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
Best Supporting Actress: Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married)
Best Original Screenplay: Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Animated: Wall∙E (Disney&Pixar)
Best Documentary: Man on Wire (Magnolia Pictures)
Best Foreign Film: Let the Right One In (Magnet Releasing)
Best Ensemble: Doubt (Miramax)
Best Breakthrough: Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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