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Sunday, December 10, 2006

LA Film Critics: as I predicted

Posted By on Sun, Dec 10, 2006 at 5:32 PM

They went with "Letters from Iwo Jima" as the best film of the year.  Interestingly, they did not select CLINT as best director (he was the runner up).  Furthermore, they did not distinguish themselves by naming both Sacha Baron Cohen and Forest Whitaker as best actor (don't get me wrong, "Borat" was funny as hell, but Cohen had years on HBO to refine the character; oh, and I can name 15 more deserving).  Michael Sheen's on a roll. 

BEST PICTURE
Letters from Iwo Jima
Runner Up: The Queen

DIRECTOR

Paul Greengrass, United 93
Runner-up: Clint Eastwood, Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima

ACTRESS
Helen Mirren, The Queen
Runner-up: Penelope Cruz, Volver

ACTOR:
Tie - Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat and Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

SCREENPLAY
The Queen by Peter Morgan
Runner-up: Little Miss Sunshine by Michael Arndt

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Luminita Gheorghiu, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Runner-up: Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Michael Sheen, The Queen
Runner-up: Sergi Lopez, Pan's Labyrinth

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Lives of Others directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Runner-up: Volver directed by Pedro Almodovar

DOCUMENTARY/NON-FICTION FILM
An Inconvenient Truth directed by Davis Guggenheim
Runner-up: Darwin's Nightmare directed by Hubert Sauper

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Eugenio Caballero, Pan's Labyrinth
Runner-up: Jim Clay, Veronica Falzon, Geoffrey Kirkland, Children of Men

ANIMATION
Happy Feet (George Miller)
Runner-up: Cars (John Lasseter, Joe Ranft)

MUSIC
Alexandre Desplat, The Painted Veil and The Queen
Runner-up: Thomas Newman, The Good German and Little Children

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, Children of Men
Runner-up: Tom Stern, Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima

NEW GENERATION
Michael Arndt, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris - Little Miss Sunshine

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
Robert Mulligan (previously announced)

INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL
Tie - Old Joy directed by Kelly Reichardt and In Between Days directed by So Yong Kim

SPECIAL CITATIONS
To Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 film Army of Shadows which had its U.S. premiere this year, and to Jonas Mekas for his career as a critic and filmmaker.

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