Clint Eastwood's LettersFrom Iwo Jima, already named bestpicture of the year by the National Board Of Review on Wednesday, was namesbest picture of 2006 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA)yesterday (Sunday). The runner-up was The Queen.
The 32nd annualLAFCA achievement awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on Jan 14.
Other winners included PaulGreengrass, named best director for United 93, Helen Mirren named best actress for The Queen and Sacha Baron Cohen and Forest Whitaker who tiedfor best actor for Borat and TheLast King Of Scotland respectively.
Peter Morgan won bestscreenplay for The Queen,Luminita Gheorghiu was named best supporting actress for Romanian drama TheDeath Of Mr Lazerascu, Michael Sheenwas named best supporting actor for The Queen and Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck's The LivesOf Others was voted best foreignlanguage film.
An Inconvenient Truth won the best documentary citation and Happy Feet wasvoted best animated film.
FULL LIST OF LAFCA WINNERS2006
Best picture of the year: LettersFrom Iwo Jima
Runner-up: The Queen
Best director: Paul Greengrass, United93
Runner-up: Stephen Frears, The Queen
Best actress: Helen Mirren, TheQueen
Runner-up: Penelope Cruz, Volver
Best actor: (tied) Sacha BaronCohen, Borat & Forest Whitaker, The Last King Of Scotland
Best screenplay: Peter Morgan,The Queen
Runner-up: Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine
Best supporting actress: LuminitaGheorghiu, The Death Of Mr Lazarescu
Runner-up: Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
Best supporting actor: MichaelSheen, The Queen
Runner-up: Sergi Lopez, Pan's Labyrinth
Best foreign language film: TheLives Of Others, Florian Henckel VonDonnersmarck
Runner-up: Volver, PedroAlmodovar
Best documentary/non-fiction film:An Inconvenient Truth, Davis Guggenheim
Runner-up: Darwin's Nightmare, Hubert Sauper
Best production design: EugenioCaballero, Pan's Labyrinth
Runner-up: Jim Clay, Veronica Falzon, Geoffrey Kirkland, Children Of Men
Best animation: Happy Feet, George Miller
Runner-up: Cars, John Lasseter& Joe Ranft
Best music: Alexandre Desplat, ThePainted Veil & The Queen
Runner-up: Thomas Newman, The Good German & Little Children
Best cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Children Of Men
Runner-up: Tom Stern, Flags OfOur Fathers
New generation: Michael Arndt,Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, Little Miss Sunshine
Career achievement: RobertMulligan
Independent/experimental: (tied) OldJoy directed by Kelly Reichardt and InBetween Days directed by So Yong Jim
Special citations: to Jean-PierreMelville's 1969 film Army of Shadows which had its US premiere this year, and to Jonas Mekas for his careeras a critic and filmmaker.