Critics’ Choice Awards

Slumdog millionaire sweeps the board at Critics' Choice Awards

British film Slumdog Millionaire was the talk of Hollywood last night, after sweeping the board at the Critics’ Choice Awards, collecting five prizes, including the coveted best film.

The Mumbai-based film, which follows the story of a teenager who goes on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, also picked up the best director gong for Danny Boyle, as well as best writer, best young actor and best composer.

Proving a successful night for the Brits, Kate Winslet was also awarded best supporting actress for The Reader, although she was not present to collect her award.

The win is expected to be the first of many for Winslet this award season, with industry whispers tipping her for that long-awaited Oscar.


Other winners of the night included the late Heath Ledger, who was awarded best supporting actor for The Dark Knight.

Accepting the trophy, the film’s director Christopher Nolan took the opportunity to honour the actor, saying,  ‘I know that I speak for all of us when I say that working with him was one of the greatest experiences any of us ever had or probably ever will have.’

The best actress award provided one of the evening’s more surprising wins, where the unusual step was taken of making the win a tie between both Meryl Streep, for Doubt, and Anne Hathaway, for Rachel Getting Married.

Of course, it wasn’t just about the awards, and all eyes were on the A-lists’ glamorous wardrobes.

Hollywood’s golden couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, may not have taken home any prizes, but looked flawless as ever, with her ethereal in a Max Azria white Grecian gown, and him dapper in a three-piece suit.

Other style winners included Kate Beckinsale, elegant in a form-fitting aubergine dress, and Eva Longoria-Parker, who brightened up the sea of dark dresses with her vibrant aqua halterneck.


The complete list of winners from the 14th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards is below:

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Actor: Sean Penn, Milk
Actress: (tie) Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married; Meryl Streep, Doubt
Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader
Ensemble: Milk
Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Screenwriter: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Animated Feature: WALL-E
Young Actor/Actress (Under 21): Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
Action Movie: The Dark Knight
Comedy: Tropic Thunder
Picture Made for Television: John Adams
Foreign-Language Film: Waltz With Bashir
Documentary: Man on Wire
Song (Performer/Composer): The Wrestler, Bruce Springsteen
Composer: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
Joel Siegel Award: Richard Gere

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