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L.A. Critics Pick WALL-E as Best Picture, Dark Knight Runner Up

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted WALL-E as Best Picture of the Year. The runner up was THE DARK KNIGHT.

WALTZ WITH BASHIR was the top animated film, and was also chosen as the runner-up for best documentary.

LAFCA's 34th annual achievement awards ceremony will be held Monday, January 12 at the InterContinental Los Angeles. The 34th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards are dedicated to Manoel de Oliveira for his extraordinary contribution to the cinema as he enters his 100th year.

Other award winners are:

Director: Danny Boyle, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRERunner-up: Christopher Nolan, THE DARK KNIGHT

Actress: Sally Hawkins, HAPPY-GO-LUCKYRunner-up: Melissa Leo, FROZEN RIVER

Actor: Sean Penn, MILKRunner-up: Mickey Rourke, THE WRESTLER

Screenplay: Mike Leigh, HAPPY-GO-LUCKYRunner-up: Charlie Kaufman, SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK

Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA and ELEGYRunner-up: Viola Davis, DOUBT

Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, THE DARK KNIGHTRunner-up: Eddie Marsan, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY

Foreign Language Film: STILL LIFE directed by Jia ZhangkeRunner-up: THE CLASS directed by Laurent Cantet

Documentary/Non-Fiction Film: MAN ON WIRE directed by James Marsh Runner-up: WALTZ WITH BASHIR directed by Ari Folman

Production Design: Mark Friedberg, SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORKRunner-up: Nathan Crowley, THE DARK KNIGHT

Animation: WALTZ WITH BASHIR

Music/Score: A.R. Rahman, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRERunner-up: Alexandre Desplat, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

Cinematography: Yu Lik Wai, STILL LIFERunner-up: Anthony Dod Mantle, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

New Generation: Steve McQueen, HUNGER

Career Achievement: John Calley (previously announced)

Douglas E. Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video: James Benning, RR and CASTING A GLANCE

Founded in 1975, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) is comprised of Los Angeles-based, professional film critics working in the Los Angeles print and electronic media. Each December, LAFCA members vote on the year's Achievement Awards, honoring screen excellence on both sides of the camera. Plaques of recognition are then presented to winners during LAFCA's annual awards ceremony, held in mid-January.

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