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AWARDS WATCH '08 | "Slumdog," "Dark Knight" Lead Chicago Critics' Nominations

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 15, 2008 at 9:48AM

Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" and Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" led the nominations for the 2008 Chicago Film Critics' Association Awards taking six nods apiece. Both received notices for both best picture and best director, as did Gus Van Sant's "Milk," Andrew Stanton's "WALL-E" and David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Winners will be announced on the morning of Thursday, December 18, 2008 by Richard Roeper, Dean Richards and CFCA President Dann Gire. The full list of nominations is below.
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Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" and Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" led the nominations for the 2008 Chicago Film Critics' Association Awards taking six nods apiece. Both received notices for both best picture and best director, as did Gus Van Sant's "Milk," Andrew Stanton's "WALL-E" and David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Winners will be announced on the morning of Thursday, December 18, 2008 by Richard Roeper, Dean Richards and CFCA President Dann Gire. The full list of nominations is below.

BEST PICTURE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire
WALL-E

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Andrew Stanton, WALL-E
Gus Van Sant, Milk

BEST ACTOR
Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

BEST ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Bill Irwin, Rachel Getting Married
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, Doubt
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Rosemarie Dewitt, Rachel Getting Married
Kate Winslet, The Reader

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Martin McDonagh, In Bruges
Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York
Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon, WALL-E

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
The Band's Visit
Che
A Christmas Tale
I've Loved You For So Long
Let the Right One In

BEST DOCUMENTARY
American Teen
Dear Zachary
IOUSA
Man On Wire
Standard Operating Procedure

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Bolt
Kung-Fu Panda
The Tale of Desperaux
WALL-E
Waltz with Bashir

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Mandy Walker, Australia
Claudio Miranda, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight
Colin Watkinson, The Fall
Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, The Dark Knight
Danny Elfman, Milk
A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
Thomas Newman, WALL-E

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Russell Brand, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
David Kross, The Reader
Lina Leandersson, Let the Right One In
Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
Brandon Walters, Australia

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
Tomas Alfredson, Let the Right One In
Lance Hammer, Ballast
Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Martin McDonagh, In Bruges
Steve McQueen, Hunger

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