2008 National Society of Film Critics Awards

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43rd NSFC Awards

January 3, 2009

Best Film:
Waltz with Bashir

The 43rd National Society of Film Critics Awards, given on 3 January 2009, honored the best in film for 2008.[1][2][3]


Mike Leigh, Best Director and Best Screenplay winner
Sean Penn, Best Actor winner
Sally Hawkins, Best Actress winner
Eddie Marsan, Best Supporting Actor winner
Hanna Schygulla, Best Supporting Actress winner

Best Picture

1. Waltz with Bashir (Vals Im Bashir)
2. Happy-Go-Lucky

Best Director

1. Mike LeighHappy-Go-Lucky
2. Gus Van SantMilk and Paranoid Park
3. Danny BoyleSlumdog Millionaire

Best Actor

1. Sean PennMilk
2. Mickey RourkeThe Wrestler
3. Clint EastwoodGran Torino

Best Actress

1. Sally HawkinsHappy-Go-Lucky
2. Melissa LeoFrozen River
3. Michelle WilliamsWendy and Lucy

Best Supporting Actor

1. Eddie MarsanHappy-Go-Lucky
2. Heath LedgerThe Dark Knight
3. Josh BrolinMilk

Best Supporting Actress

1. Hanna SchygullaThe Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite)
2. Viola DavisDoubt
3. Penélope CruzVicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Screenplay

1. Mike LeighHappy-Go-Lucky
2. Arnaud Desplechin and Emmanuel Bourdieu – A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noël)
3. Charlie KaufmanSynecdoche, New York

Best Cinematography

1. Anthony Dod MantleSlumdog Millionaire
2. Pin Bing LeeFlight of the Red Balloon (Le voyage du ballon rouge)
3. Wally PfisterThe Dark Knight
4. Yu Lik-waiStill Life (Sanxia haoren)

Best Non-Fiction Film

1. Man on Wire
2. Trouble the Water
3. Encounters at the End of the World

Best Experimental Film

  • Razzle Dazzle [1]

Film Heritage Awards

  1. The Criterion Collection for finally making Samuel Fuller's suppressed White Dog (1982) available to a wide American audience via DVD release.
  2. The Exiles, Kent Mackenzie's realistic 1961 independent film about Native Americans in Los Angeles. (Restored by Ross Lipman of the UCLA Film and Television Archive and distributed by Milestone).
  3. Flicker Alley for releasing DVD collections of rare early U.S. and foreign silent films.
  4. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for its DVD set Murnau, Borzage and Fox.


  1. ^ Brooks, Brian (3 January 2009). ""Waltz" and "Lucky" Take National Society of Film Critics Honors". IndieWire. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ King, Susan (4 January 2009). "'Bashir' takes top honors from National Society of Film Critics". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  3. ^ ""Waltz With Bashir" Sweeps National Society of Film Critics Off Feet". The New York Times. 3 January 2009. Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2018.

External links

  • Past Awards
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