Danny Boyle took the best director prize for Slumdog Millionaire, with The Dark Knight again taking the silver medal for Christopher Nolan.
In the acting prizes, Sean Penn won for Milk and Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky, which also earned Mike Leigh the screenplay prize.
The late Heath Ledger took the supporting actor award for his portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight while Penelope Cruz was named best supporting actress for her work in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Elegy.
Jia Zhangke's China-Hong Kong romance Still Life, which won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2006 but was only released in LA this year, was named best foreign language film ahead of Laurent Cantet's 2008 Cannes Palme d'Or winner The Class. James Marsh's Man On Wire bolstered its Oscar credentials by winning the documentary category and Waltz With Bashir won the animated award over Wall-E.
LAFCA's 34th annual achievement awards ceremony will take place on January 12 at the InterContinental Los Angeles. The 34th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards are dedicated to Manoel de Oliveira for his extraordinary contribution to the cinema as he enters his 101st year.
FULL LIST OF AWARDS:
Runner-up: The Dark Knight
DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Runner-up: Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
ACTRESS: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Runner-up: Melissa Leo, Frozen River
ACTOR: Sean Penn, Milk
Runner-up: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
SCREENPLAY: Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky
Runner-up: Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Elegy
Runner-up: Viola Davis, Doubt
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Runner-up: Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Still Life by Jia Zhangke
Runner-up: The Class by Laurent Cantet
DOCUMENTARY/NON-FICTION FILM: Man On Wire by James Marsh
Runner-up: Waltz With Bashir by Ari Folman
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Mark Friedberg, Synecdoche, New York
Runner-up: Nathan Crowley, The Dark Knight
ANIMATION: Waltz With Bashir
MUSIC/SCORE: A R Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
Runner-up: Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Yu Lik Wai, Still Life
Runner-up: Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
NEW GENERATION: Steve McQueen, Hunger
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: John Calley (previously announced)
DOUGLAS E EDWARDS INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL FILM/VIDEO: James Benning, RR and Casting A Glance