The National Society of Film Critics has become the last org to dish out its favorites from 2006, and the good news is that we no longer have to dedicate posts to critic nominations and favorites. The better news? They came out of left field and chose Pan's Labyrinth as the best film of the year. No Children of Men? No United 93? No Dreamgirls, or The Departed or The Queen -- nope, this pack -- which consists of 58 critics -- shelled out top honors to Guillermo del Toro's fantasy flick. And I say, good for them.
On the directing front, del Toro lost out to United 93's Paul Greengrass, who managed to also sneak by Martin Scorsese with 21 votes. See, these critics don't do nominations or host a ceremony where they announce the winners -- they simply vote and decide on the spot. In the best actor and actress categories, there were no surprises -- Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) took home best actor in an extremely close race with Peter O'Toole (Venus), which ultimately went to a tiebreaker, allowing Whitaker to slip past with a 9 votes to 8 victory. Helen Mirren (The Queen) didn't have as much trouble; she walked away with the best actress award, accumulating 94 votes, whereas Laura Dern (looks like Lynch's promotional tour paid off) finished second with 32 votes.
An Inconvenient Truth took best non-fiction film, while Peter Morgan's script for The Queen won best screenplay. Check out a full list of winners and runner-ups (courtesy of indiewire) after the jump.p>
1. Pan's Labyrinth - 34 (Guillermo del Toro)
2. The Death of Mr. Lazurescu - 31 (Cristi Puiu)
3. Letters from Iwo Jima - 29 (Clint Eastwood)
1. Paul Greengrass - 21 (United 93)
2. Martin Scorsese - 15 (The Departed)
2. Guillermo del Toro - 15 (Pan's Labyrinth)
BEST NONFICTION FILM
1. An Inconvenient Truth - 26
2. Deliver Us From Evil - 24
3. Shut Up & Sing - 13
1. Forest Whitaker - 9 in tiebreaker - 54 (The Last King of Scotland)
2. Peter O'Toole - 8 in tiebreaker - 54 (Venus)
3. Ryan Gosling - 37 (Half Nelson)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. Mark Wahlberg - 28 (The Departed)
2. Jackie Earle Haley - 18 (Little Children)
3. Alan Arkin - 17 (Little Miss Sunshine)
1. Helen Mirren -94 (The Queen)
2. Laura Dern - 32 (Inland Empire)
3. Judi Dench - 25 (Notes on a Scandal)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Meryl Streep - 25 (The Devil Wears Prada and A Prairie Home Companion)
2. Jennifer Hudson - 22 (Dreamgirls)
3. Shareeka Epps - 16 (Half Nelson)
1. The Queen - 67 (Peter Morgan)
2. The Departed - 25 (William Monahan)
3. The Good Shepherd - 15 (Eric Roth)
1. Children of Men - 66 (Emmanuel Lubezki)
2. Pan's Labyrinth - 41 (Guillermo Navarro)
3. Curse of the Golden Flower - 10 (Xiaoding Zhao)
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM to David Lynch's labyrinthine INLAND EMPIRE, a magnificent and maddening experiment with digital video possibilities.
FILM HERITAGE AWARD to Jean-Pierre Melville's ARMY OF SHADOWS (1969), lovingly restored and released by Rialto Pictures for the first time in the United States.
FILM HERITAGE AWARD to the Museum of the Moving Image for presenting the first complete U.S. retrospective of French filmmaker Jacques Rivette, including the premiere American showing of the director's legendary "Out 1."
The results of the meeting were dedicated to the memory of Robert Altman.