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'Slumdog' continues awards sweep with editing, cinematography prizes

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Oscar front-runner Slumdog Millionaire continued its sweep of pre-Oscar awards on Sunday. Director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle earned the American Society of Cinematographers Award for feature film, according to Variety. Danny Boyle’s India-set movie also picked up an ACE Eddie Award for editor Chris Dickens in the dramatic feature category, according to the America Cinema Editors website.

In addition to the Slumdog honors, Variety reported that the cinematographers recognized Nelson Cragg in episodic TV for CBS’ CSI (“For Gedda”) and David Stockton in the TV movie/miniseries/pilot category for CBS’ Eleventh Hour.

And for the first time in the ACE Eddie Awards’ 59-year history, an animated film won a feature prize: WALL•E editor Stephen Schaffer was recognized in the comedy/musical category. Jinx Godfrey earned honors for the documentary Man on Wire. TV winners included the half-hour series 30 Rock; the one-hour series Breaking Bad; noncommercial series True Blood; nonscripted show Greensburg on Discovery; and TV movies Recount and 24: Redemption.

At Saturday’s Art Directors Guild Awards, production designers for Slumdog won in the contemporary movie category, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button won for period film, while The Dark Knight was recognized for fantasy film. Slumdog is not a nominee in the art direction category of the Academy Awards; EW’s own Dave Karger predicts a win for Benjamin Button in this category, over Dark Knight, Changeling, The Duchess, and Revolutionary Road.