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2006 WAFCA Awards
The King and The Queen Rule Washington, DC

DC Film Critics Name Forest Whitaker Best Actor,
Helen Mirren Best Actress

United 93 Takes Best Film As
Scorsese Snares Best Director In
5th Annual WAFCA Awards Selections

(Washington, DC)—The Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) today selected a movie honoring the memories of the brave heroes of September 11, the poignant United 93, as Best Film of the Year in a victory that could spur the movie's burgeoning Oscar hopes. Director Martin Scorsese was voted by the group as Best Director for his smash hit movie The Departed, while Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) was named Best Actor, and Helen Mirren (The Queen) continued her march to the Oscars as she was named Best Actress as both actors brought characters to real, and even sympathetic, life.

"What a wonderful way to celebrate our fifth anniversary by honoring this fine collection of talented films and groundbreaking performances. This year gave us true cinematic royalty with a Queen, a King and a Dreamgirl," said WAFCA President Tim Gordon.

As a sign of the strength of her performance and show stopping ability that brought ovations during screenings in DC, Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) was a two time winner awarded Best Supporting Actress and Breakthrough Performance of the Year. In other categories, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) was named Best Supporting Actor, Happy Feet danced away with Best Animated Feature and Pan's Labyrinth Best Foreign Language Film.

Additionally, WAFCA honored two first time feature length screenwriters as Jason Reitman walked away with Best Adapted Screenplay for the DC-based Thank You For Smoking and Michael Arndt won Best Original Screenplay for the summer's surprise indie hit Little Miss Sunshine.

The Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association is comprised of 36 DC-based film critics from television, radio, print and the internet. Voting was conducted from December 9-10, 2006.

2006 Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association Awards
    Best Film
    United 93/Universal

    Best Actor
    Forest Whitaker - The Last King Of Scotland

    Best Actress
    Helen Mirren - The Queen

    Best Supporting Actor
    Djimon Hounsou - Blood Diamond

    Best Supporting Actress
    Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls

    Best Director
    Martin Scorsese - The Departed

    Best Screenplay, Original
    Michael Arndt - Little Miss Sunshine

    Best Screenplay, Adapted
    Jason Reitman - Thank You For Smoking

    Best Foreign Film
    Pan's Labyrinth/Picturehouse

    Best Animated Feature
    Happy Feet/Warner Brothers

    Best Documentary
    An Inconvenient Truth/Paramount Classics

    Best Breakthrough Performance
    Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls

    Best Ensemble
    Little Miss Sunshine/Fox Searchlight

    Best Art Direction
    Marie Antoinette - Anne Seibel (supervising art director)/SONY Pictures Entertainment

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