The International Press Association, which doles out the Satellite Awards, named "Slumdog Millionaire" Best Drama. "Happy-Go-Lucky" took the Best Comedy or Musical prize, and Pixar's "Wall-E" earned Best Animated Motion Picture. Theatre folk who took home awards include Rosemary DeWitt, who earned the Best Actress in a Supporting Role honor for "Rachel Getting Married," and Michael Shannon, who was named Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Revolutionary Road." Peter Morgan won the Best Adapted Screenplay award for "Frost/Nixon."
On the television front Judi Dench earned the Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television award for "Cranford," while Paul Giamatti earned the Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television prize for "John Adams." Justin Kirk was also honored with the Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical Series award for "Weeds." "True Blood" actor Nelsan Ellis earned Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series. Showtime's "Dexter," which stars Michael C. Hall, was awarded the Best Dramatic Television Series award.
In addition to the competing categories, actor Louis Gossett, Jr. was named the Mary Pickford Award recipient for "Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry." Director Baz Luhrmann received the Auter Award for his epic film "Australia."
The Satellite Awards, which honor work in film, television, DVD and new media, also named the ten best films of 2008, which include "Ballast," "Changeling," "Doubt," "The Dark Night," "Frost/Nixon," "Frozen River," "Milk," "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Slumdog Millionaire."
For a complete list of winners, visit www.pressacademy.com.