The Boston Society of Film Critics is with the majority on who the best actor and actress of 2006 are. It named Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren in those respective categories for its annual awards on Sunday night. But, the rest of the group's choices are another matter. The Departed, which had so far been unrecognized by the AFI, the NYFCO and the LAFCA (it is expected to do better with the NYFCC), won four awards, including best picture, director, supporting actor (not the one you'd think, though) and screenplay. Other surprising picks were Half Nelson's Shareeka Epps for best supporting actress and its director, Ryan Fleck, for best new filmmaker.

In giving so much love to The Departed, the Boston critics come off as simply favoring the film's setting and shooting locations. But, they can't really be that obvious. Besides, they didn't give so much to Mystic River (only best picture and best ensemble) back in 2003, and that film was just as good and just as representative of Beantown.

Check out the whole list of winners after the jump. ul>
  • Picture - The Departed
  • Lead Actor - Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)
  • Lead Actress - Helen Mirren (The Queen)
  • Supporting Actor - Mark Wahlberg (The Departed)
  • Supporting Actress - Shareeka Epps (Half Nelson)
  • Director - Martin Scorsese (The Departed)
  • Screenplay - William Monahan (The Departed)
  • David Brudnoy New Filmmaker Award - Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson)
  • Documentary Feature - (tie) - Shut Up & Sing and Deliver Us From Evil
  • Foreign Language Feature - Pan's Labyrinth
  • categories Oscars, Awards, Cinematical