Toronto's filmcritics showed their former colonial colours this year by heaping awards on TheQueen. The Englishfavourite won Best Picture, Peter Morgan won for Best Screenplay, Helen Mirrenfor Best Female Performance and Michael Sheen for Best Supporting MalePerformance (as British prime minister Tony Blair) while Stephen Frears tiedfor Best Director alongside Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for L'Enfant.L'Enfant was alsoselected as the Best Foreign-Language Film.
Sacha BaronCohen's performance in Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make BenefitGlorious Nation Of Kazakhstan earned him Best Male Performance while Cate Blanchett was pickedas Best Female Suppporting Performer for Notes On A Scandal.
Best FirstFeature went to Jason Reitman, son of Canadian filmmaker Ivan Reitman, for ThankYou For Smoking. HappyFeet was selected asBest Animated Feature. Jennifer Bachwal's Manufactured Landscapes was selected as the Best Canadian Filmas well as the year's Best Documentary.
Toronto-based documentaryfilmmaker Allan King was named the winner of the Clyde Gilmour Award, a TFCAannual tribute to a Canadian who has enriched the understanding andappreciation of film in the country. King made his directorial debut 50 yearsago with the ground-breaking documentary Skid Row and remains active. His latest film, EMPz 4 Life, screened at the 2006 Toronto International FilmFestival.
The TFCA also saluted the memory ofesteemed journalist and commentator Sid Adilman, who died this past autumn, forhis tireless championing of Canadian culture and talent in all media, from filmto television, theatre and music.
The awards will be handed out at aprivate ceremony to be held in January 2007 in Toronto.