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Phoenix critics stand behind ‘United’

Estevez wins breakthrough of year for 'Bobby'

Paul Greengrass’ “United 93” continued its winning streak as the pic was named best film of 2006 by Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards. But the 9/11 drama wasn’t the only repeat win from crix, as Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker remained critics darlings with wins in the top acting categories.

In the supporting categories, Jack Nicholson won for “The Departed” and Cate Blanchett took home the trophy for “Notes on a Scandal.”

In addition to the normal crix kudos, Phoenix Film Critics also honored those that might have missed their chance in the limelight. For example, the Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” took home two trophies in production and costume design.

In other categories, Emilio Estevez won the breakout of the year prize for his behind the camera work on “Bobby.” The Phoenix Film crix also honored the film “Hard Candy” as the most overlooked film of the year.

Winners of the 2006 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

Best Film: “United 93” directed by Paul Greengrass

Runners-up (in alphabetical order): “Babel”
“Children of Men”
“The Departed”
“The Last King of Scotland”
“Letters from Iwo Jima”
“Little Miss Sunshine”
“The Queen”

Best Foreign-Language Film: “Letters from Iwo Jima,” directed by Clint Eastwood

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, “The Departed”

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

Best Actress: Helen Mirren, “The Queen”

Best Supporting Actor: Jack Nicholson, “The Departed”

Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, “Notes on a Scandal”

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

Best Adapted Screenplay: William Monahan, “The Departed”

Best Ensemble Acting: “Little Miss Sunshine”

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

Best Animated Film: “Flushed Away”

Best Cinematography: Dean Semler, “Apocalypto”

Best Editing: Thelma Schoonmaker, “The Departed”

Best Production Design: “Marie Antoinette”

Best Costume Design: “Marie Antoinette”

Best Visual Effects: “Superman Returns”

Breakthrough Performance – On-Screen: Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls”

Breakout Performance of the Year – Behind the Camera: Emilio Estevez, “Bobby”

Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Male: Jaden Smith, “Pursuit of Happyness”

Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female: Abigail Breslin, “Little Miss Sunshine”

Best Live-Action Family Film: “Charlotte’s Web”

Overlooked Film of the Year: “Hard Candy”

Best Stunts: “Casino Royale”

Best Use of Previously Published or Recorded Music: “Dreamgirls”

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