East­wood, Green­grass lead way

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - 36 NEWS/CHARTS -

Re­al­ity bites. Paul Green­grass’s 9/11 drama, United 93, and Clint East­wood’s Let­ters from Iwo Jima, which ob­serves the 1945 Pa­cific bat­tle from the Ja­panese point of view, led the field in end-of-year awards from US film critic groups. The New York crit­ics went to four bal­lots be­fore United 93 pipped The Queen for their best film award, while the Los An­ge­les crit­ics opted for the East­wood film and named Green­grass best di­rec­tor. The New York crit­ics voted Martin Scors­ese as best di­rec­tor for The De­parted and gave their non- fiction prize to De­liver Us from Evil, a doc­u­men­tary about a con­victed Ir­ish pae­dophile priest.

The LA and NY crit­ics agreed when both groups chose He­len Mir­ren best ac­tress for The Queen and For­est Whi­taker best ac­tor for The Last King of Scot­land, al­though the LA crit­ics shared that award be­tween Whi­taker and Bo­rat star Sacha Baron Co­hen. The Na­tional Board of Re­view also went with Mir­ren and Whi­taker, nam­ing Scors­ese best di­rec­tor and Let­ters from Iwo Jima best pic­ture. In New York, Jackie Earle Ha­ley was named best sup­port­ing ac­tor for Lit­tle Chil­dren and new­comer Jen­nifer Hud­son, a for­mer Amer­i­can Idol win­ner, as best sup­port­ing ac­tress for Dream­girls.

The LA crit­ics chose Michael Sheen (The Queen) and Lu­minita Ghe­o­rghui (The Death of Mr Lazarescu) for sup­port­ing roles.

Band of brothers: Clint East­wood and Ken Watan­abe, di­rec­tor and star re­spec­tively, at the New York pre­miere of Let­ters from Iwo Jima

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