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Broadcast Film Critics Announce Nominations


Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou in 'Blood Diamond'

"Babel," "The Departed," "Dreamgirls" and "Little Miss Sunshine" tied with seven nominations each as the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced its nominees for the organization's 12th Annual Critics' Choice Awards. All four films got a nomination for Best Picture.

"The Queen" collected a total of four Critics' Choice Award nominations, while "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Notes on a Scandal," "Little Children" and "Charlotte's Web" garnered three honors each.


Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth in 'The Queen'

The remaining nominees for 2006's Best Picture are "Blood Diamond," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Little Children," "Notes on a Scandal," "The Queen" and "United 93." In a busy film season, two "firsts" highlight the categories.

"Letters From Iwo Jima" is the first picture to snare nominations in both the Best Picture and Foreign Language Film categories. Other noteworthy nominations include "Apocalypto" for Foreign Language Film and Robert Altman's last picture, "A Prairie Home Companion," for Best Acting Ensemble.


Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in 'The Last King of Scotland'

In the other first, Leonardo DiCaprio scored two acting nominations for his work in "The Departed" and "Blood Diamond." He'll be up against Ryan Gosling for "Half Nelson," Peter O'Toole for "Venus," Will Smith for "The Pursuit of Happyness" and Forest Whitaker for "The Last King of Scotland."

Nominees for Best Actress are Penelope Cruz for "Volver," Judi Dench for "Notes on a Scandal," Helen Mirren for "The Queen," Meryl Streep for "The Devil Wears Prada" and Kate Winslet for "Little Children."


Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench in 'Notes on a Scandal'

Directing nominations went to Bill Condon for "Dreamgirls," Clint Eastwood for "Letters From Iwo Jima," Stephen Frears for "The Queen," Paul Greengrass for "United 93" and Martin Scorsese for "The Departed."

The winners will be revealed at the 2006 Critics' Choice Awards ceremony, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, on Friday, January 12 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The ceremony will be broadcast on Saturday, January 20 on E! Entertainment Television.


An interpreter (left) aids Clint Eastwood (center) in his direction

of Ken Watanabe (right) in 'Letters From Iwo Jima'

The Critics' Choice Awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. Nominees for 2006 were selected by written ballots in a week-long voting period and were announced on Tuesday, December 12.

Special awards are given out at the discretion of the Broadcast Film Critics Association Board of Directors. Most recently the Freedom Award was given to George Clooney and presented at the Critics' Choice Awards gala by Julia Roberts.

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2006 Critics Choice Award Winners
(winners will appear highlighted in red)

Best Picture
"Blood Diamond"

"The Departed"
"Letters from Iwo Jima"
"Little Children"
"Little Miss Sunshine"
"Notes on a Scandal"
"The Queen"
"United 93"

Best Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio ~ "Blood Diamond"
Leonardo DiCaprio ~ "The Departed"
Ryan Gosling ~ "Half Nelson"
Peter O'Toole ~ "Venus"
Will Smith ~ "The Pursuit of Happyness"

Forest Whitaker ~ "The Last King of Scotland"

Best Actress
Penelope Cruz ~ "Volver"
Judi Dench ~ "Notes on a Scandal"

Helen Mirren ~ "The Queen"
Meryl Streep ~ "The Devil Wears Prada"
Kate Winslet ~ "Little Children"

Best Supporting Actor
Ben Affleck ~ "Hollywoodland"
Alan Arkin ~ "Little Miss Sunshine"
Adam Beach ~ "Flags of Our Fathers"
Djimon Hounsou ~ "Blood Diamond"

Eddie Murphy ~ "Dreamgirls"
Jack Nicholson ~ "The Departed"

Best Supporting Actress
Adriana Barraza ~ "Babel"
Cate Blanchett ~ "Notes on a Scandal"

Jennifer Hudson ~ "Dreamgirls"
Rinko Kikuchi ~ "Babel"
Catherine O'Hara ~ "For Your Consideration"
Emma Thompson ~ "Stranger Than Fiction"

Best Acting Ensemble
"The Departed"

"Little Miss Sunshine"
"A Prairie Home Companion"

Best Director
Bill Condon ~ "Dreamgirls"
Clint Eastwood ~ "Letters from Iwo Jima"
Stephen Frears ~ "The Queen"
Paul Greengrass ~ "United 93"

Martin Scorsese ~ "The Departed"

Best Writer
Michael Arndt ~ "Little Miss Sunshine"
Guillermo Arriaga ~ "Babel"
Todd Field and Tom Perrotta ~ "Little Children"
Zach Helm ~ "Stranger Than Fiction"
William Monahan ~ "The Departed"
Peter Morgan ~ "The Queen"

Best Animated Feature
"Flushed Away"
"Happy Feet"
"Monster House"
"Over the Hedge"

Best Young Actor
Cameron Bright ~ "Thank You For Smoking"
Joseph Cross ~ "Running With Scissors"

Paul Dano ~ "Little Miss Sunshine"
Freddie Highmore ~ "A Good Year"
Jaden Christopher Syre Smith ~ "The Pursuit of Happyness"

Best Young Actress
Ivana Baquero ~ "Pan's Labyrinth"
Abigail Breslin ~ "Little Miss Sunshine"
Shareeka Epps ~ "Half Nelson"
Dakota Fanning ~ "Charlotte's Web"
Keke Palmer ~ "Akeelah and the Bee"

Best Comedy Movie
"Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"
"For Your Consideration"
"Little Miss Sunshine"
"The Devil Wears Prada"
"Thank You For Smoking"

Best Family Film (Live Action)
"Akeelah and the Bee"
"Charlotte's Web"
"Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest"

Best Picture Made for Television
"Elizabeth I"
"The Librarian: Quest for the Spear"
"Nightmares & Dreamscapes"
"The Ron Clark Story"
"When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts"

Best Documentary Feature
"An Inconvenient Truth"
"Shut Up & Sing"
"This Film Is Not Yet Rated"
"Who Killed the Electric Car?"

Best Foreign Language Film
"Apocalypto" ~ (USA/Mayan)
"Days of Glory" (Indig
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Scorsese Wins Critic Choice Awards


Martin Scorsese directs Matt Damon in 'The Departed'

Martin Scorsese, regarded by many as a master of world cinema, was named Best Director by the Broadcast Film Critics Association while his new movie, gangster thriller, "The Departed," won for Best Film on Friday, January 12. Coming at the start of Hollywood's annual awards seasons, this might signal a break for the often unrewarded director.

Scorsese might be headed for a career goal that has eluded him for decades: an Oscar either for Best Picture or Best Director. Although he has been given career achievement awards, he has never received an Academy Award for a single film, including for such revered works as "Raging Bull" and "Taxi Driver."

"I am pleased by this award and surprised. Maybe it's because this is the first picture I made with a plot," he joked after receiving the Best Director's Award at "The 12th Annual Critics Choice Awards" which are handed out by the 200-member Broadcast Film Critics Group that prides itself as being an accurate predictor of Oscar nominees and winners.


Forest Whitaker in 'The Last King of Scotland'

Veteran actor Forest Whitaker beat out some better-known box office draws, including Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio, to win the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of mercurial dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland."

Helen Mirren was named Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in "The Queen," a tale of how the Royal family almost lost the goodwill of the country after the death of Princess Diana. Both Mirren and Whitaker are favorites going into the Oscars race and their next test comes soon when the Golden Globe awards are handed out.

Martin Arndt was named Best Writer for his script for "Little Miss Sunshine," one of four awards the quirky family comedy picked up during the evening. The film's cast also won for Best Acting Ensemble and its juvenile stars walked off with prizes. Abigail Breslin was named Best Young Actress and Paul Dano best Young Actor.


Abigail Breslin in 'Little Miss Sunshine'

"Dreamgirls," the film version of the hit Broadway musical, also won four awards. Newcomer Jennifer Hudson was named Best Supporting Actress and Eddie Murphy was named Best Supporting Actor. The film also picked up awards for Best Score and Best Song.

Sasha Baron Cohen's tale of a boorish Kazakh journalist, "Borat," was named Best Comedy. Cohen thanked all those Americans who haven't yet sued him -- a reference to the lawsuits filed against him by people who say they were duped into playing parts in the film.

Former Vice President Al Gore's film, "An Inconvenient Truth," won for Best Documentary. The Broadcast Critics Association has an excellent track record in predicting Oscar nominees. Last year, it nominated 19 of the 20 actors who later won Oscar nominations.

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