L.A. Film Critics Awards 2008: Wall-E Best Picture, Boyle Best Director

Dec 9, 2008–The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. has named Disney/Pixar’s “Wall-E” the best picture of the year, marking the first time in its history that it has given its top prize to an animated film.

Danny Boyle took the directing award for Fox Searchlight’s “Slumdog Millionaire.” Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” a Warner Bros. release, was the runner-up for both pic and director.

Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky” received two awards, for actress Sally Hawkins and Leigh’s screenplay, while Jia Zhangke’s “Still Life” nabbed nods for foreign-language film and Yu Lik Wai’s cinematography. “Slumdog” also won the music prize for A.R. Rahman’s score.

Picture: “Wall-E”
Runner-up: “The Dark Knight”

Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Runner-up: Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight”

Actor: Sean Penn, “Milk”
Runner-up: Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Actress: Sally Hawkins, “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Runner-up: Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”

Supporting actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Runner-up: Eddie Marsan, “Happy-Go-Lucky”

Supporting actress: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Elegy”
Runner-up: Viola Davis, “Doubt”

Screenplay: Mike Leigh, “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Runner-up: Charlie Kaufman, “Synecdoche, New York”

Foreign-language film: “Still Life”
Runner-up: “The Class”

Documentary: “Man on Wire”
Runner-up: “Waltz With Bashir”

Animation: “Waltz With Bashir”

Cinematography: Yu Lik Wai, “Still Life”
Runner-up: Anthony Dod Mantle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Production design: Mark Friedberg, “Synecdoche, New York”
Runner-up: Nathan Crowley, “The Dark Knight”

Music/score: A.R. Rahman, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Runner-up: Alexandre Desplat, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

New Generation: Steve McQueen, “Hunger”

Douglas E. Edwards independent/experimental film/video: James Benning, “RR” and “Casting a Glance”