Israeli film WALTZ WITH BASHIR has scooped the Best Picture honour at the annual National Society of Film Critics awards.
The film, which chronicles the 1982 Lebanon War, was named the best movie of 2008 at Saturday's event (03Jan08).
Sean Penn received the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Harvey Milk, San Francisco's first openly gay elected official.
Mike Leigh walked away with Best Director and Screenplay for his comedy Happy-Go-Lucky, while the film's Sally Hawkins won Best Actress and Eddie Marsan was handed Best Supporting Actor.
The list of main winners is as follows:
Best Picture - Waltz With Bashir
Best Actor - Sean Penn for Milk
Best Actress - Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Supporting Actor - Eddie Marsan for Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Supporting Actress - Hanna Schygulla for The Edge of Heaven
Best Director - Mike Leigh for Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Cinematography - Slumdog Millionaire
Best Experimental Film - Razzle Dazzle