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'Departed' Earns Top Honors by Boston Critics

by Dan Kimmel

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'The Departed' was named Best Film of 2006

The Boston Society of Film Critics mobbed up for "The Departed," naming the Boston-set gangster picture as the Best Film of 2006. The movie, shot in Boston and New York, also won for Martin Scorsese's Direction, William Monahan's Screenplay and Supporting Actor honors for Mark Wahlberg.

"The Departed" edged out runner-up "United 93" in both categories of Picture and Paul Greengrass for Director. A third contender was "The Queen," which was runner-up for Peter Morgan's Screenplay and Supporting Actor, where Michael Sheen, who plays British PM Tony Blair, tied with "The Departed's" Alec Baldwin also noted for "Running With Scissors" and "The Good Shepherd" for honorable mention.

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Drey (Shareeka Epps) and her teacher Dan (Ryan Gosling)

stumble into an unexpected friendship in 'Half Nelson.'

Actor and Actress nods went to two performers playing real-life rulers: Forest Whitaker as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland" and Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II in "The Queen." Two thespians playing teachers were runners-up: "Half Nelson's" Ryan Gosling and Judi Dench in "Notes on a Scandal."

Shareeka Epps of "Half Nelson" drew the Supporting Actress nod. Meryl Streep's boss from hell in "The Devil Wears Prada" was runner-up in the category. The critics reached consensus quickly, picking most winners on no more than two or three ballots.

Closest vote among the Boston critics came as "Half Nelson" Director Ryan Fleck edged out Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Co-Directors of "Little Miss Sunshine," by a single vote to land the David Brudnoy New Filmmaker Award, given to a First Time Director in honor of one the founding members of the BSFC who died in 2004.

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The Dixie Chicks in 'Shut Up and Sing' which shared honors with

'Deliver Us From Evil' in the Best Documentary Film category

Most categories found quick consensus. "United 93" took ensemble cast over "The Departed," while Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" was tapped the Top Foreign Language Film and Guillermo Navarro honored for Cinematography. Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" was runner-up in the Foreign Picture race.

The Documentary category saw votes divided among a wide range of films, ending in a tie for "Shut Up and Sing," Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck's film about the Dixie Chicks and "Deliver Us From Evil," Amy Berg's portrait of a priest who molested children in several California parishes. Doug Block's "51 Birch Street," a voyage of discovery into the private lives of his parents, was the runner-up.

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2006 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

Best Picture

Winner
"The Departed"

Runner-up
"United 93"

Best Director

Winner
Martin Scorsese
"The Departed"


Runner-up
Paul Greengrass
"United 93"


Best Actor

Winner
Forest Whitaker
"The Last King of Scotland"


Runner-up
Ryan Gosling
"Half Nelson"


Best Actress

Winner
Helen Mirren
"The Queen"


Runner-up
Dame Judi Dench
"Notes on a Scandal"


Best Supporting Actor

Winner
Mark Wahlberg
"The Departed"


Runner-ups (Tie)
Michael Sheen
"The Queen"
and
Alec Baldwin
"The Departed," "Running with Scissors" and "The Good Shepherd"


Best Supporting Actress

Winner
Shareeka Epps
"Half Nelson"


Runner-up
Meryl Streep
"The Devil Wore Prada"


Best Ensemble Cast

Winner
"United 93"

Runner-up
"The Departed"

Best Screenplay

Winner
"The Departed"
Screenwriter: William Monahan


Runner-up
"The Queen"
Screenwriter: Peter Morgan


Best Foreign-Language Film

Winner
"Pan's Labyrinth" Spanish Title: ("El Laberinto del Fauno")
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Country: Mexico


Runner-up
"Volver" English Title: ("To Return")
Director: Pedro Almod
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