Yesterday Hollywood was a buzz with news that the Los Angeles Film Critics had awarded WALL-E “Best Picture of the Year”, a first for an animated film. Today the New York Film Critics Circle announced their yearly award winners, and the list is just as shocking – Josh Brolin (Milk) edged out Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) for the Best Supporting Actor award. One could argue that Brolin’s performance was a lot more subtle and understated, while the natural instinct is to award the “theatrical”. I liked Brolin in Milk, but any other year he wouldn’t have even been in the running for nominations. What do you think? Comment below!

NYFCC also named Milk “Best Picture” and Mike Leigh “Best Director”… What?! Many insiders look towards the big city film critics awards as a sign of what may happen come Oscar time. You can read the full New York Film Critics Circle Awards results below:

Best Picture: Milk
Best Director: Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, Milk
Best Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Screenplay: Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married
Best Cinematographer: Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Animated Film: Wall-E
Best First Film: Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Best Foreign Film: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Best Documentary: Man on Wire

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