'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Australia' dominated the 13th Annual Satellite Awards with three kudos each, while 'Happy-Go-Lucky' brought home best comedy film title.
"Slumdog Millionaire" has been hailed as 2008 Best Motion Picture in Drama at the 13th Satellite Awards. On Sunday, December 14 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, the Danny Boyle-directed movie about a poor Indian boy getting a shot at winning millions in a television game show was revealed to be the winner on the coveted category, besting over "The Reader", "Revolutionary Road", "Frost/Nixon", "Milk" and "Frozen River".
Apart from taking home the top prize, the 2008 Best British Independent Film also nailed two other kudos. The first one was Best Director for Danny Boyle and the second was Best Score for A.R. Rahman. For the director prize, Boyle won over Thomas McCarthy of "The Visitor", Ron Howard of "Frost/Nixon", Gus Van Sant of "Milk", Christopher Nolan of "The Dark Knight" and Stephen Daldry of "The Reader".
Another movie collecting three awards from Satellite was Baz Luhrmann's "Australia". On the special occasion, the Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman-starring drama walked away with best cinematography for Mandy Walker, best visual effects for Chris Godfrey, James E. Price and Diana Giorgiutti, and best art direction and production design for Catherine Martin, Ian Gracie, Karen Murphy and Beverly Dunn.
Winning the Best Motion Picture for Comedy or Musical was Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky", whereas the Best Animated/Mixed-Media Film was "Wall-E". Furthermore, in the performers categories, Richard Jenkins of "The Visitor" and Angelina Jolie of "Changeling" were named Best Actor and Actress for Drama respectively, and Michael Shannon of "Revolutionary Road" and Rosemarie Dewitt of "Rachel Getting Married" were in respective order the Best Supporting Actor and Actress.
List of 13th Satellite Awards' Winners in Film and Television Categories:
- Best Motion Picture (Drama): "Slumdog Millionaire"
- Best Actor (Drama): Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor"
- Best Actress (Drama): Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"
- Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical): "Happy-Go-Lucky"
- Best Actor (Comedy/Musical): Ricky Gervais, "Ghost Town"
- Best Actress (Comedy/Musical): Sally Hawkins, "Happy-Go-Lucky"
- Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon, "Revolutionary Road"
- Best Supporting Actress: Rosemarie Dewitt, "Rachel Getting Married"
- Best Director: Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"
- Best Score: A.R. Rahman, "Slumdog Millionaire"
- Foreign-Language Film: "Gomorrah"
- Animated/Mixed-Media Film: "Wall-E"
- Documentary: "Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer" and "Man on Wire"
- Original Screenplay: Thomas McCarthy, "The Visitor"
- Adapted Screenplay: Peter Morgan, "Frost/Nixon"
- Original Song: "Another Way to Die" from "Quantum of Solace"
- Cinematography: Mandy Walker, "Australia"
- Visual Effects: Chris Godfrey, James E. Price and Diana Giorgiutti, "Australia"
- Editing: Dan Lebental, "Iron Man"
- Sound (Editing and Mixing): Richard King, "The Dark Knight"
- Art Direction and Production Design: Catherine Martin, Ian Gracie, Karen Murphy and Beverly Dunn, "Australia"
- Costume Design: Michael O'Connor, "The Duchess"
- Miniseries: "Cranford"
- Motion Picture Made For Television: "Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story"
- Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Judi Dench, "Cranford"
- Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made For Television: Paul Giamatti, "John Adams"
- Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Fionnula Flanagan, "Brotherhood"
- Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nelsan Ellis, "True Blood"
- Television Series (Drama): "Dexter"
- Actress in a Series (Drama): Anna Paquin, "True Blood"
- Actor in a Series (Drama): Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
- Television Series (Comedy/Musical): "State of the Union"
- Actress in a Series (Comedy/Musical): Tracey Ullman, "State of the Union"
- Actor in a Series (Comedy/Musical): Justin Kirk, "Weeds"