'Slumdog' scoops London awards

London Film Critics' Circle gives 'Millionaire' three nods

BERLIN -- Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" scooped three prizes at this year's London Film Critics' Circle Awards, walking off with best British film, best British director and screenwriter of the year for Simon Beaufoy.

Darren Aronofsky’s "The Wrestler" won film of the year, with Mickey Rourke's turn in the movie picking him up the best actor nod. Meanwhile, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" won director of the year for David Fincher and British actress in a supporting role for Tilda Swinton. The awards were dished out Wednesday evening.

Kate Winslet secured the best actress nod for her performances in both "The Reader" and "Revolutionary Road." Kristin Scott-Thomas picked up the award for British actress of the year for her formidable bi-lingual performance in "I’ve Loved You So Long."

Director Steve McQueen walked off with the award for breakthrough British filmmaker for his debut "Hunger," while with its star Michael Fassbender took home the British actor of the year nod.

The award for British actor in a supporting role went to Eddie Marsan for his turn in Mike Leigh’s "Happy-Go-Lucky."

The inaugural NSPCC award for young British performer of the year went to16-year-old Thomas Turgoose for two very different roles; a teenager escaping a bad home life in "Somers Town," and a ferocious yob in Brit shocker "Eden Lake."

Foreign language film of the year went to Ari Folman’s "Waltz With Bashir."