Southeastern Film Critics honor Scorsese pic

“The Departed” added another critics prize to its long list of achievments as the Martin Scorsese-helmed pic took home the title of film of the year by the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Along with top honors, the drama also won kudos for director and adapted screenplay for William Monahan.

“The Last King of Scotland” star Forest Whitaker and “The Queen’s” Helen Mirren continue to receive the royal treatment with wins in the acting categories.

In the supporting categories, Jackie Earle Haley won for “Little Children” and Jennifer Hudson won for “Dreamgirls.”

Kudos were handed out on Dec. 17 at the Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards, which represents 42 professional movie critics in nine U.S. states.

And the winners are:

Best Film: “The Departed,” directed by Martin Scorsese

Runners-up: “Letters from Iwo Jima,” “The Queen,” “United 93,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Notes on a Scandal,” “Babel,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Little Children” and “Thank You for Smoking”

Best Foreign-Language Film: “El Laberinto del fauno” (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), directed by Guillermo del Toro

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, “The Departed”

Best Actor: Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland”

Best Actress: Helen Mirren, “The Queen”

Best Supporting Actor: Jackie Earle Haley, “Little Children”

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls”

Best Original Screenplay: Michael Arndt, “Little Miss Sunshine”

Best Adapted Screenplay: William Monahan, “The Departed”

Best Documentary: “An Inconvenient Truth,” by Davis Guggenheim

Best Animated Film: “Cars,” directed by John Lasseter and Joe Ranft

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