I dropped out of the Chicago Film Critics Association last year, partly because I was so frustrated by the bovine timidity of its year-end awards. Announced this morning, the 2008 awards are more of the same:
Best picture: WALL-E.
Best director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire.
Best original screenplay: Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon, WALL-E.
Best adapted screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire.
Best foreign film: Let the Right One In.
Best documentary: Man on Wire.
Best actor: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler.
Best actress: Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married.
Best supporting actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight.
Best supporting actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader.