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Heath Ledger wins D.C. critics' award

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Those of you who felt that Heath Ledger was robbed when the National Board of Review named Milk‘s Josh Brolin as Best Supporting Actor of the year can now rejoice: Heath Ledger has won his first U.S. award for his performance in The Dark Knight, from the Washington, D.C., Film Critics. Meanwhile, just days after winning Best Picture honors from the NBR, Slumdog Millionaire received the same honor from the D.C. group, along with prizes for its director, Danny Boyle; screenwriter, Simon Beaufoy; and breakout star, Dev Patel. Watching the movie for a second time over the weekend has solidified my feeling that this is a film that could really go the distance; it’ll certainly fare very well when the Broadcast Film Critics Association announces its nominees tomorrow. All of which is making my boss, EW managing editor Rick Tetzeli, a bit nervous…check out his thoughts on PopWatch. Here’s the full Washington, D.C., lineup.

Best Film
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Actress
Meryl Streep, Doubt

Best Ensemble
Doubt

Best Supporting Actor
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Best Supporting Actress
Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married

Best Breakthrough Performance
Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Adapted Screenplay
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Screenplay
Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married

Best Animated Feature
Wall-E

Best Foreign Language Film
Let The Right One In

Best Documentary
Man On Wire

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