For members of NY Film Critics Circle, an average morning before its awards vote goes like this: 1. Order breakfast. 2. Refresh memory on last month's releases. 3. Review LA Critics' awards the day before.
4. Go 180 degrees in the opposite direction. That years-old tradition continued today (with slight variation) when the NYFCC anointed Milk as its Best Picture for 2008.
LAFCA's own favorite, WALL-E, did make an appearance among today's awards, earning Best Animated Film, and the groups' choices for Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Actor (Sean Penn) and Best Supporting Actress (Penelope Cruz) overlapped as well. From there, however, all the Dark Knight and Slumdog Millionaire love dissipated into sloppy kisses for Josh Brolin, Mike Leigh and Rachel Getting Married, among others. And yes, for the record: Revolutionary Road still has yet to win anything after more than a week of awards season.
The full list of winners:
Best Picture: Milk
Best Director: Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, Milk
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Screenplay: Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married
Best Foreign Film: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Best Documentary: Man on Wire
Best Animated Film: Wall-E
Best Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
Best First Film: Courtney Hunt, Frozen River