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Boyle pic takes top honor from BFCA; Penn, Hathaway, Ledger win too

"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. The wins continue the movie'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."

On the supporting side, it was the fourth critics kudo for the late Heath Ledger, who won the award for best supporting actor .

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 "The Wrestler"; "The Dark Knight" was named best action movie; "Tropic Thunder" scored best comedy; and HBO's "John Adams" nabbed the award for best picture made for television.

The awards, broadcast live on VH1, were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. (partialdiff)