Kansas City Film Critics pick "The Wrestler" and "Slumdog"

by Eric Melin on January 4, 2009

in Blogs

On January 4th, 2009, the Kansas City Film Critic’s Circle chose the winners of the 42nd Annual Loutzenhiser Awards, and “The Wrestler” nabbed the most wins with three, for director Darren Aronofsky, actor Mickey Rourke, and screenwriter Robert Siegel. The KCFCC is the first major critic’s organization to award Aronofsky. “Slumdog Millionaire” won the top prize with Best Film, while its screenwriter, Simon Beaufoy, won in the adapted screenplay category. Formed in 1966, the KCFCC is the second oldest professional film critic’s group in the country, after only the New York Film Critic’s Circle. The full list of winners is below:

Best Film: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Robert Altman Award for Best Director: Darren Aronofsky, “The Wrestler”

Best Actor: Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, “Doubt”

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”

Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

Best Original Screenplay: Robert Siegel, “The Wrestler”

Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Let the Right One In” (Sweden)

Best Documentary: “Man on Wire”

Best Animated Film: “WALL*E”

Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film: “The Dark Knight”

For a tally of every major critic’s awards and awards show nominees and winners leading up to the Oscars, click here.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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