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LA critics name Wall-E best film

Pixar's Wall-E tells of a humble robot who falls in love

Wall-E has been named best film of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association as Hollywood gears up for Thursday's Golden Globe nominations.

The Pixar film was chosen ahead of The Dark Knight by the body, which gave its best actor prize to Sean Penn for Milk.

British talent fared well, with Happy-Go-Lucky's Sally Hawkins winning best actress and Danny Boyle named best director for Slumdog Millionaire.

The late Heath Ledger was named best supporting actor for The Dark Knight.

Penelope Cruz, meanwhile, remains on course for an Oscar nomination after being named best supporting actress for her roles in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Elegy.

The body was one of several critics' associations to announce winners or nominations this week as Hollywood's lengthy awards season clicked into gear.

War crimes

The shortlist for the Critics' Choice Awards was also unveiled, with both Milk - a biopic of gay US politician Harvey Milk - and Brad Pitt's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button getting eight nominations each.

Kate Beckinsale and Kate Winslet are both up for awards, with the former recognised for her role as a persecuted reporter in Nothing But the Truth.

Kate Beckinsale and Kate Winslet
Both Beckinsale and Winslet are up for Critics' Choice Awards
Winslet received a supporting actress citation for The Reader, in which she plays a former Nazi guard accused of war crimes.

Handed out each year by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BCFA), the Critics' Choice Awards will be held in Santa Monica, California, on 8 January.

Slumdog Millionaire, one of 10 titles up for the BCFA's best film prize, has also been recognised by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

The Mumbai-set drama was named best film on Sunday by the East Coast body, with additional awards for its director Danny Boyle and young star Dev Patel.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announces the nominations for its annual Golden Globe Awards on Thursday.

Its shortlist is one of the key indicators as to which films, actors and directors will feature in the Oscar nominations, to be announced on 22 January.

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