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Danny Boyle pic takes top BFCA honor

"Slumdog Millionaire" continues to rake in the gold.

The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. on Thursday night handed the Danny Boyle romantic adventure five awards, leading all pictures. The Fox Searchlight title took home best picture, besting the nine other candidates the BFCA noms in the category, as well as best director, best writer, best young actor/actress and best composer.

In accepting the best picture award, Boyle paid tribute to recent events in India.

"Mumbai has had a tough time, and I made this movie as a love song to that amazing, extraordinary city," Boyle said from the podium at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, where the event broadcast live on VH1.

The wins continue the Slumdog's strong showing with both critics groups and guilds.

Sean Penn won best actor for his role as gay icon Harvey Milk in "Milk" and also took home a prize with the rest of the cast of "Milk," which won best ensemble. Anne Hathaway, who played the blunt former addict in Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married," shared the best actress prize with Meryl Streep, who took the nod for her turn as an unforgiving nun in "Doubt."

"I dont know how to win awards," Hathaway joked in her acceptance speech. "I know how to do pratfalls and wear a tiara."

"Doubt" co-star Viola Davis accepted on behalf of Streep and quipped that Streep would have thanked many people, "especially me."

But the most poignant moment of the night came when Heath Ledger was given the best supporting actor award. The occasion prompted a standing ovation while a black-and-white photo of the late actor was featured on the room's three large screens.

"Anyone who's seen any of the extraordinary work Heath did knows I can't presume to speak for him in any way," "The Dark Knight" director Chris Nolan said as he accepted the prize on Ledger's behalf. "But I can speak for those of who worked with him. ... I'd like to think he'd be quietly proud of the effect his role has had on audiences."

It was the fourth critics nod for the late Ledger, who also won the award from the L.A. Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics and Southeastern Film Critics.

Kate Winslet won the best supporting actress prize for "The Reader," a movie in which there was some question over whether she should be considered a lead or supporting actress.

A number of other critics favorites took home prizes, including "WALL-E" for best animated feature, "Man on Wire" for best doc and "Waltz With Bashir" for best foreign language picture.  Bruce Springsteen took the prize for best song for his ballad that closed "The Wrestler," "The Dark Knight" was named best action movie, "Tropic Thunder" scored best comedy, and HBO's "John Adams" nabbed the best picture made for television award.
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