Other Awards: December 2008 Archives

Chicago critics pick 'WALL-E' as best picture

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The movie awards from the Chicago Film Critics Assoc. were announced this morning, live on WGN. (What? They just announced nominees on Monday!)

Here's the list of the top awards, as reported by Sun-Times film critic (and CFCA voting member) Roger Ebert ...

No 'Doubt' who tops the SAG Awards nominations

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The Catholic school drama "Doubt" led contenders today for the Screen Actors Guild Awards with five nominations, including honors for Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis.

The late Heath Ledger also earned a supporting-actor nomination, whose maniacal turn as the Joker in "The Dark Knight" has made him an Academy Awards front-runner. The Batman blockbuster also had a nomination for best stunt ensemble.

Carrie Underwood singing at People's Choice Awards

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The People's Choice Awards says Carrie Underwood will perform at its 35th annual ceremony next month.

Chicago critics weigh in with film nominees

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The Chicago Film Critics Association today announced its nominees for the ... well, their annual movie awards don't have a catchy name.

Their picks for best picture are "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Milk," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "WALL*E."

Winners are announced in three installments on the morning of Dec. 18 on WGN.

New York Critics name 'Milk' best picture

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Sean Penn and "Milk," Gus Van Sant's biopic about gay rights leader Harvey Milk, continued to gain awards momentum today, winning best film from the New York Film Critics Circle.

And still more best pic picks

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has gone populist on its picks for best movies of 2008, with the animated smash "WALL-E" at No. 1 and the Batman flick "The Dark Knight" as runnerup.

More best picture picks

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Brad Pitt's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and Sean Penn's "Milk" lead contenders for the Critics' Choice Awards with eight nominations each, including best picture and actor.

The other best-picture nominees Tuesday: "Changeling," "The Dark Knight," "Doubt," "Frost/Nixon," "The Reader," "Slumdog Millionaire," "WALL-E" and "The Wrestler."

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Barbra Streisand arrives for Sunday night's Kennedy Center Honors. (AP)


By BRETT ZONGKER

Barbra Streisand got an awkward kiss on the cheek from the president, and yes, she gave him a smooch back.

Streisand, a vocal critic of President George W. Bush, was a guest Sunday at the White House just before one of Washington's few A-list events: the Kennedy Center Honors.

"Art transcends politics this weekend," the longtime Democrat said beforehand. Still, she said it would have been "lovely" if she could have received the award while President-elect Barack Obama was in office.

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Dev Patel (left) and Freida Pinto in a scene from "Slumdog Millionaire."

The National Board of Review has picked "Slumdog Millionaire" as the year's best film.

The board's picks, announced this afternoon, are considered the first major harbinger of the Academy Awards. The win boosts the awards hopes for "Slumdog," which is viewed as the independent film most likely to follow "Juno" and "Little Miss Sunshine" in Oscar contention.

Independent Spirit Awards nominees out

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Anne Hathaway's family drama ''Rachel Getting Married,'' the border-smuggling tale ''Frozen River'' and the Deep South saga ''Ballast'' lead the nominees for the Spirit Awards with six nominations each, including best picture.

Other best-picture nominees announced today: Michelle Williams' down-on-her-luck drama, ''Wendy and Lucy,'' and Mickey Rourke's broken-down athlete tale ''The Wrestler.''