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LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ANNOUNCE 2006 AWARD WINNERS
LOS ANGELES, DECEMBER 10, 2006
"Letters from Iwo Jima" was voted
Best Picture of the Year, it was announced today by
Henry Sheehan, President of the Los Angeles Film
Critics Association (LAFCA). The runner up was "The
LAFCA's 32nd annual achievement awards ceremony
will be held Sunday, January 14 at the Park Hyatt
Hotel in Los Angeles.
Other award winners are:
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" &
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 López,
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "The Lives of Others"
directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Runner-up: "Volver" directed by Pedro Almodóvar
DOCUMENTARY/NON-FICTION FILM: "An Inconvenient
Truth" directed by Davis Guggenheim
Runner-up: "Darwin’s Nightmare" directed by Hubert
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Eugenio Caballero, "Pan’s
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
Runner-up: Thomas Newman, "The Good German" and
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Lubezki, "Children of
Runner-up: Tom Stern, "Flags of our Fathers” and
“Letters from Iwo Jima"
Michael Arndt (screenwriter), Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
(co-directors) – “Little Miss Sunshine”
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Robert Mulligan (previously
“Old Joy” directed by Kelly Reichardt & “In Between Days” directed
by So Yong Kim
To Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1969 film “Army of
Shadows” upon the occasion of its long-overdue U.S.
To Jonas Mekas for his contributions to American
film culture as filmmaker, critic and co-founder of
Anthology Film Archives.
Founded in 1975, The Los Angeles Film Critics
Association (LAFCA) is comprised of Los
Angeles-based, professional film critics working in
the Los Angeles print and electronic media. Each
December, LAFCA members vote on the year’s
Achievement Awards, honoring screen excellence on
both sides of the camera. Plaques of recognition are
then presented to winners during LAFCA’s annual
awards ceremony, held in mid-January.
Aside from honoring each year’s outstanding
cinematic achievements, LAFCA has also made it a
point to look back and pay tribute to distinguished
industry veterans with its annual Career Achievement
Award, which is announced in October, as well as to
look forward by spotlighting fresh, promising talent
with its annual New Generation Award. In addition,
over the past three decades, LAFCA has sponsored and
hosted numerous film panels and events and donated
funds to various Los Angeles film organizations,
especially where film preservation was concerned.
LAFCA members have also collectively been vocal
about taking up causes they have felt passionate
about, from drafting formal protests against
censorship and colorization to lending their support
to controversial films.