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Critics choose ‘Departed’

Film, Scorsese get top nods

“Dreamgirls” and “Little Miss Sunshine” were clearly the critics’ darlings when the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. doled out its awards Friday night in Santa Monica.

Both snagged four Critics’ Choice nods, with “Dreamgirls” scoring for supporting thesps Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy; song “Listen,” performed by Beyonce; and soundtrack. “Sunshine” took acting ensemble; both young thesp prizes, for Paul Dano and Abigail Breslin; and writer, for Michael Arndt.

But “The Departed” snared top honors, winning both picture and director for Martin Scorsese. “I think it’s the first picture I tried to make that has a plot,” quipped Scorsese.

Critics lauded Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren with acting honors for “The Last King of Scotland” and “The Queen,” respectively. “Borat” received the comedy nod, and “Letters From Iwo Jima” won foreign-language film at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium gala.

“An Inconvenient Truth” drew the docu trophy, while “Cars” scored the animated feature statuette.

Winners of the Broadcast Film Critics Association:

PICTURE: “The Departed”

ACTOR: Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland”

ACTRESS: Helen Mirren, “The Queen”

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Eddie Murphy, “Dreamgirls”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls”

ACTING ENSEMBLE: “Little Miss Sunshine”

DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese, “The Departed”

WRITER: Michael Arndt, “Little Miss Sunshine”

ANIMATED FEATURE: “Cars”

YOUNG ACTOR: Paul Dano, “Little Miss Sunshine”

YOUNG ACTRESS: Abigail Breslin, “Little Miss Sunshine”

COMEDY MOVIE: “Borat”

FAMILY FILM (LIVE ACTION): “Charlotte’s Web”

PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: “Elizabeth I”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “Letters from Iwo Jima”

SONG: “Listen,” performed by Beyonce, “Dreamgirls”

SOUNDTRACK: “Dreamgirls”

COMPOSER: Philip Glass, “The Illusionist”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: “An Inconvenient Truth”