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Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics

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Top Ten Films of 2008
1. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
2. MILK
3. THE DARK KNIGHT
4. THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
5. THE WRESTLER
6. THE VISITOR
7. FROST/NIXON
8. DOUBT
9. WALL-E
10. HAPPY-GO-LUCKY

Best Film
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

Best Director
Danny Boyle, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

Best Actor
Sean Penn, MILK

Best Actress
Anne Hathaway, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED

Best Supporting Actor
Heath Ledger, THE DARK KNIGHT

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, DOUBT

Best Foreign Language Film
TELL NO ONE

Best Documentary
MAN ON WIRE

Best Animated Film
WALL-E

Best Screenplay
Dustin Lance Black, MILK

Best Cinematography
Wally Pfister,THE DARK KNIGHT

WENDY AND LUCY won the Russell Smith Award, named for the late Dallas Morning News film critic. The honor is given annually to the best low-budget or cutting-edge independent film.

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~ Olivier Assayas on directing

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