By Dave Karger
Updated December 10, 2008 at 10:56 PM EST
Credit: Daniel Nicoletta

The New York Film Critics Circle anointed Milk as its Best Picture of Year, recognizing the film as well as two of its stars, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin. Penn joins Penelope Cruz and Sally Hawkins as winners from both the New York and Los Angeles critics groups, which usually go out of their way to disagree with each other. With this win and its strong showing at yesterday’s Critics Choice nominations, Milk has joined The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Slumdog Millionaire as Oscar’s three sure things this year. Meanwhile, the small British comedy Happy-Go-Lucky picked up two awards. Here’s the entire list of honorees:

Best Film: 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 Animated Film: Wall-E

Best Foreign Film: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Best First Film: Courtney Hunt, Frozen River

Best Cinematographer: Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Documentary: Man on Wire

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