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BAFTA and WGA: A 'Slumdog' weekend

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Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner at awards ceremonies on both sides of the Atlantic over the weekend, nabbing the Writers Guild prize for Best Adapted Screenplay in New York on Saturday and then picking up seven trophies, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, at the British Academy awards in London on Sunday. Slumdog has now won the top prizes from BAFTA, SAG, PGA, DGA, WGA, the Broadcast Critics, and the Golden Globes, a feat matched only by eventual Oscar winner American Beauty in 2000. (Chicago and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King both lost the WGA award, while Schindler’s List and Forrest Gump were released before the SAG awards were founded.)

Though Milk won the WGA’s Best Original Screenplay award, it ended up losing to In Bruges at the BAFTAs, while Sean Penn lost to The Wrestler‘s Mickey Rourke in the Leading Actor race. Could Rourke really beat Penn for the Oscar in two weeks? Since a large part of the Academy lives in post–Prop 8 California, not London, my money is still on Penn. But I do think the three other BAFTA acting winners—The Reader‘s Kate Winslet, The Dark Knight‘s Heath Ledger, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona‘s Penélope Cruz—all stand to repeat their victories on Feb. 22.

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