Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker consolidated their status as Oscar frontrunners with further recognition in the best actor and actress categories for The Queen and The Last King Of Scotland.
Dreamgirls swept through the best supporting acting categories with wins for Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson, and the hotly tipped musical also walked off with the best soundtrack and song ('Listen').
Little Miss Sunshine won the acting ensemble award as well as young actor and actress honours for Paul Dano and Abigail Breslin, and writer for Michael Arndt.
An Inconvenient Truth won best documentary and Borat took the best comedy prize. The 200-member critics group handed out its awards on Jan 12 in Santa Monica.
Full list of winners:
Best picture: The Departed
Best actor: Forest Whitaker, The Last King Of Scotland
Best actress: Helen Mirren, The Queen
Best supporting actor: Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls
Best supporting actor: Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
Best acting ensemble: Little Miss Sunshine
Best director: Martin Scorsese, The Departed
Best writer: Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine
Best animated feature: Cars
Best young actor: Paul Dano, Little Miss Sunshine
Best young actress: Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine
Best comedy movie: Borat
Best family film (live action): Charlotte's Web
Best picture made for television: Elizabeth I
Best documentary feature: An Inconvenient Truth
Best foreign language film: Letters From Iwo Jima
Best song: Listen, Dreamgirls
Best soundtrack: Dreamgirls
Best composer: Phillip Glass, The Illusionist