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L.A. Film Critics honors Wall-E, Sean Penn, Mike Leigh

December 9, 2008 |  3:45 pm

The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. named " Wall-E," Disney/Pixar's animated film about a little robot who falls in love, the best film of 2008 on Tuesday afternoon. The Batman adventure "The Dark Knight" was runner-up. Sally Hawkins, who played the eternally optimistic Poppy in Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" won best actress honors. Melissa Leo was runner-up for " Frozen River."

Leigh also won for his screenplay for "Happy-Go-Lucky. "

Sean Penn received the best actor award from the LAFCA for his performance in " Milk," as openly gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. Mickey Rourke was runner-up for "The Wrestler."

Danny Boyle won best director for " Slumdog Millionaire," his drama about young man who grew up orphaned on the streets of Mumbai and reflects upon his difficult life while on a quiz show. Christopher Nolan was runner-up for "The Dark Knight."

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--Susan King