Fox Searchlight's Slumdog Millionaire topped nine other nominees in order to snag the Best Picture prize.

Critics' Choice Awards

on January 08, 2009 by Phil Contrino
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Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner of the night at the 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards. It took home awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Score, Best Screenplay and Best Young Actor or Actress for Dev Patel.

Slumdog has a huge amount of momentum heading into the Golden Globes on Sunday, and it could very well take the Best Motion Picture - Drama prize. Plus, the film is all but assured a spot in the Best Picture Oscar category at this point.

The exposure from televised awards shows will only help Slumdog grab a larger audience. The Fox Searchlight release has already grossed nearly $30 million domestically and by the end of its theatrical run it could hit the $60 million mark.

The Devil Wears Prada duo of Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway were the major surprise of the night considering that they tied for the Best Actress trophy. Streep won for her role as a strict nun in Doubt and Hathaway walked away victorious for her volatile role as a recovering drug addict with a dark past in Rachel Getting Married. While Streep wasn't in attendance to accept the Award, her Doubt co-star Viola Davis accepted on her behalf. Meanwhile, a very emotionally moved Hathaway seemed to be auditioning for a potential Oscar speech.

The tie adds some more intrigue to a category that was already very close. Now any one of four actresses could easily walk away with the Oscar for Best Actress, Streep, Hathaway, Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky or even Kristin Scott Thomas for I've Loved You So Long. A race that wide open is one of the reasons that the Oscars are worth watching.

Coming as no surprise, Heath Ledger won Best Supporting Actor award for The Dark Knight. Director Christopher Nolan accepted on Ledger's behalf and he delivered a very eloquent acceptance speech.

The complete list of winners:

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk

Best Actress: TIE: Meryl Streep, Doubt and Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader

Best Comedy: Tropic Thunder

Best Ensemble: Milk

Best Young Actor or Actress: Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Action Film: The Dark Knight

Best Score: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Song: "The Wrestler" by Bruce Springsteen

Best Documentary: Man on Wire

Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir

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