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    Posted: December 11 2006 at 6:27am
'United 93' tops N.Y. Critics Circle
9/11 film named best picture of 2006

'United 93'
The New York Film Critics Circle has named "United 93" its best picture for 2006.
NEW YORK -- The New York Film Critics Circle has named "United 93" its best picture for 2006, marking the second kudos win for the movie in as many days.

On Sunday, the L.A. Film Critics Circle named pic's helmer Paul Greengrass its best director. The New York crix gave its best director prize to Martin Scorsese for his gangster movie "The Departed."

Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker continued their reign in the Best Actor and Best Actress categories; Gotham crix wins were the third set of kudos in less than a week for the duo.

"The Queen" also won the NYFCC prize for best screenplay, as scribe Peter Morgan took the kudo.

Jennifer Hudson won best supporting actress for her portrayal of "Effie" in the Bill Condon musical "Dreamgirls," while Jackie Earle Haley took best supporting actor for his role as a pederast in the Todd Field suburban drama "Little Children."

Group is comprised of Gotham-based print and online reviewers; it's headed by Star Magazine critic Marshall Fine.

"Army of Shadows," Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 World war II pic, was the surprise winner in what is regarded as a strong best foreign category, while public-school drama "Half Nelson" took the prize for best first feature.

Other winners include "Pan's Labyrinth" for best cinematography, "Happy Feet" for best ani film, and "Deliver Us from Evil for best nonfiction pic. 



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