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2006 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

'United 93' Tops N.Y. Critics Circle

by Steven Zeitchik

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Rebecca Schull as Patricia Cushing and Susan Blommaert

as Jane Folger in 'United 93'

NEW YORK CITY, New York -- The New York Film Critics Circle named "United 93" the Best Picture of 2006, edging out Miramax's "The Queen" after a series of close ballots. Martin Scorsese took director honors for his gangster picture, "The Departed."

Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren continued their kudos reign, winning Best Actor and Actress. Whitaker for his portrayal of Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland" and Mirren for role as Queen Elizabeth in "The Queen." They earlier received nods from both the Los Angeles Critics and the National Board of Review.

Miramax's "The Queen" also had a strong showing among Gotham critics. In addition to Mirren, scribe Peter Morgan drew the Screenplay nod. The Los Angeles Film Critics Circle awarded Paul Greengrass its Director nod for "United 93," and the D.C. Critics named the Universal release Best Picture.

Insiders familiar with voting said the picture battle between "United 93" and "The Queen" went to four ballots before the 9/11 film edged ahead in the fifth. "The Departed" and "Babel" were also finalists, according to sources familiar with the voting.

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Ryan Gosling in 'Half Nelson'

New York critics further hailed the public-school drama, "Half Nelson," which took the prize for First feature; "Pan's Labyrinth" for Cinematography, "Happy Feet" for Animated picture and "Deliver Us From Evil" for Nonfiction Film.

In other categories, Jennifer Hudson won Supporting Actress for her performance as Effie White in the Bill Condon musical, "Dreamgirls," while Jackie Earle Haley took Supporting Actor for his role as a misunderstood ex-con in Todd Field's suburban drama, "Little Children."

One of the biggest surprises of the day was the Foreign Film winner. "Army of Shadows," Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 WWII picture, saw domestic release for the first time this year. The movie was given a special citation by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., but the film is not eligible for any Oscars, including technical prizes, because France chose a different film, "Avenue Montaigne," as its official Oscar selection.

The New York Film Critics Circle comprises 32 Gotham-based print and online reviewers, nearly all of whom took part in voting. Star magazine critic Marshall Fine heads the organization.

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2006 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

N.Y. Critics Circle Pick 'United 93' Best Film

by Steven Zeitchik

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Trish Gates as Sandy Bradshaw in 'United 93'

NEW YORK CITY, New York -- "United 93," which unflinchingly depicts the hijacked 9/11 flight that crashed into a Pennsylvania field, was chosen as Best Picture of the Year by the New York Film Critics Circle. Written and directed by Paul Greengrass, the film features a cast of unknowns to give it an authentic, documentary-style feel.

"United 93" painstakingly recreates the events of that tragic morning. It culminates with passengers bursting into the cockpit and wrestling their attackers for control of the jet, which ultimately plummets nose-first into the ground.

Marshall Fine, the group's chairman, said it was a tough vote for Best Picture, with critics slugging it out over "United 93," "The Queen" and "The Departed." In choosing the winner, "I think everybody agrees it was an amazing film in terms of being objective," said Fine, Film and TV Critic for Star Magazine.

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Forest Whitaker in 'The Last King of Scotland'

"The film tells the story without pushing a political point of view," Fine continued. "It puts you right in the middle of the scene without telling you what to think or what to feel. It was really one of the most harrowing films of the year."

Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren continue to solidify their positions as Oscar front-runners. Each won the top acting prize from the New York Critics Circle. Winning the Best Actor prize, Forest Whitaker continues to roll over his competition with his thunderous portrayal of Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland."

Helen Mirren rules the Best Actress category by taking the prize for her withering take on Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen." Both have received the same awards in recent days from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Online.

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Helen Mirren in 'The Queen'

Supporting Actor Awards went to Jackie Earle Haley for his haunting turn as a sex offender in "Little Children" and Jennifer Hudson, who is emerging as an awards favorite for her showstopping performance in the Bill Condon musical, "Dreamgirls."

Jennifer Hudson's portrayal of Effie White in "Dreamgirls" seems to be the only accolade the film is receiving so far this award season. Hudson received the same honors from the New York Film Critics Online and won a Breakthrough Performance Award last week from the National Board of Review.

Martin Scorsese was the group's choice for Best Director for his Boston mob epic, "The Departed." Peter Morgan earned yet another award for his screenplay for "The Queen" after winning the same honor from Los Angeles Critics and the National Board of Review.

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'Happy Feet'

The penguin musical, "Happy Feet," was the New York Critics Circle's' choice for Best Animated Film, while "Deliver Us From Evil," about a sexually abusive Roman Catholic priest, was their pick for Best Documentary. "Half Nelson," the public school drama, earned the Best First Feature prize.

In a surprise win, French director Jean-Pierre Melville's "Army of Shadows," a World War II thriller that originally was made in 1969 but just released this year in the United States, was named Best Foreign Film. The Best Cinematography prize went to "Pan's Labyrinth."

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'Pan's Labyrinth'

Meanwhile, the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association also announced that they've chosen "United 93" as Best Picture on Monday, December 11. They also honored Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren in the acting categories and Martin Scorsese as Best Director.

The New York Film Critics Circle consists of 27 writers for New York-based newspapers and magazines. Last year they made "Brokeback Mountain" their top pick; in 2004, they chose "Sideways."

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2006 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

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'United 93'

Best Picture
"United 93"

Best Actor
Forest Whitaker
"The Last King of Scotland"


Best Actress
Helen Mirren
"The Queen"


Best Director
Martin Scorsese
"The Departed"


Best Foreign Film
"Army of Shadows"

Best Screenplay
Peter Morgan
"The Queen"


Best Supporting Actor
Jackie Earle Haley
"Little Children"


Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Hudson
"Dreamgirls"


Best Cinematographer
Guillermo Navarro
"Pan's Labyrinth"


Best Non-Fiction Film
"Deliver Us From Evil"

Best First Film
Ryan Fleck
"Half Nelson"


Best Animated Film
"Happy Feet"
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