'The Departed,' 'United 93' pick up trophies

The usual suspects continue their long walk down award-season lane with the announcement of more critics’ prizes. The Chicago Film Critics Association and the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle revealed the winners of their 2006 awards, giving Best Film honors to The Departed and United 93, respectively. Both groups gave their Best Actor and Actress awards to Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland (but is he an Oscar lock?) and Helen Mirren for The Queen — no big surprises there. Little Children‘s Jackie Earle Haley (recently profiled in EW) was chosen Best Supporting Actor by both, while Chicago gave Adriana Barraza the Best Supporting Actress award for Babel and Oklahoma chose Cate Blanchett for Notes on a Scandal.

Both associations offer prizes in unusual categories: Chicago’s awards include "Most Promising Performer" (Sacha Baron Cohen was this year’s winner) and "Most Promising Director" (Rian Johnson, Brick). The OFCC selects a "Breakout Performance" (Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls), gives a Top 10 Movie list, and names bad films under the categories of "Obviously Worst Film" (Basic Instinct 2) and "Not So Obviously Worst Film" (Bobby).

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  • Josh

    How could your magazine’s Owen G. give “Brick” a slot as one of the five worst movies? It’s been mentioned multiple times now by other critics as one of the year’s best and a breakthrough for the talent involved. And I agree; ‘Brick’ was phenomenal. I know we all have different tastes, but one of the worst? Come on Owen!

  • Wes

    For once I agree with Owen. I thought Brick was unwatchable. Itt’s like the emperor’s new clothes,noone wants to admit it stinks.
    Wes

  • Laura

    I’m glad to see Jackie Earle Haley picking up more critics awards, and I hope he gets an Oscar nod too. He was truly incredibly in Little Children. I had no idea who he was as I was watching it, and had to keep reminding myself that he was an actor and wasn’t really that guy because he was SO REAL. And then later I went on imdb and found out who he was, and was like, Holy @#$! He was the kid in Bad News Bears?!?! Wow. Definitely an astonishing performance.

  • Fer Funchal

    I wouldn’t say Brick is “unwatchable”, but it certainly is dull and pretentious.

  • dma69

    BOBBY looks like a bad film. Why would you call a film BOBBY, named after Bobby Kennedy, yet the film doesn’t even focus on him but instead on 23 fictional people noboby cares about? And considering that it’s written and directed by Emilio Estevez, who also gave us cubic zirconias like Wisdom and Men At Work, that should be a warning in an of itself.

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