Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Award Sean Penn

By Josh Tyler 2008-12-17 03:27:46discussion comments
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It’s going to be a very long awards season for the world’s legions of Batman fans. The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, my critics association as a matter of fact, has become the latest in a long line of critics groups to skip The Dark Knight for Best Picture and Best Director. Heath Ledger did however, get another win for his brilliant portrayal of the Joker and the movie did land a second win for Best Cinematography. Still, the year’s most popular and perhaps best reviewed film’s chances of making a strong showing at Oscar continue to dwindle. Hey, I did my best. They only give me one vote.

At least this push towards little seen limited releases may encourage people to see movies which they might otherwise skip, movies like Milk which the 32 print, broadcast, and online journalists (me!) of the DFWFCA awarded Best Screenplay and for which Sean Penn scored a Best Actor win. No one movie dominated the awards. Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Dark Knight all garnered two. Below is the full breakdown of the DFWFCA’s 2008 winners. Here’s what the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex thinks about this year’s award race:

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Best Film Of 2008
Slumdog Millionaire
Runners up:
2) Milk
3) The Dark Knight
4) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
5) The Wrestler
6) The Visitor
7) Frost/Nixon
8) Doubt
9) WALL-E
10) Happy-Go-Lucky

Best Actor
Sean Penn, Milk
Runners up:
2) Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
3) Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
4) Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
5) Richard Jenkins, The Visitor

Best Actress
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Runners up:
2) Meryl Streep, Doubt
3) Sally Hawkins, Hapy-Go-Lucky
4) Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long
5) Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

Best Supporting Actor
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Runners up:
2) Josh Brolin
3) Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky
4) Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
5) Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Doubt
Runners up:
2) Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona
3) Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
4) Taraj P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
5) Rosmarie Dewitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Director
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Runners up:
2) David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3) Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
4) Gus Van Sant, Milk
5) Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon

Best Foreign Language Film
Tell No One
Runners up:
2) Waltz with Bashir
3) Let the Right One In
4) I’ve Loved You So Long
5) Gomorrah

Best Documentary
Man on Wire
Runners up:
2) Waltz with Bashir
3) Young At Heart
4) Standard Operating Procedure
5) Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

Best Animated Film
WALL-E
Runners up:
2) Kung Fu Panda

Best Screenplay
Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Runners up:
2) Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Cinematography
Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight
Runners up:
2) Claudio Miranda, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Russell Smith Award (Best Low Budget Indie)
Wendy and Lucy
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