The Queen Tops New York Critics Awards
THE QUEEN is the big winner at this year's (06) New York Film Critics Online Awards, taking home five honours for the DAME Helen Mirren-starring drama.
Mirren plays British monarch Queen Elizabeth II during the aftermath of the 1997 death of DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES in the movie, directed by Stephen Frears.
The film has been named Best Picture, Best Actress for MIRREN, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Sheen, Best Director for Frears and Best Screenplay for Peter Morgan.
Meanwhile, former American Idol contestant JENNIFER HUDSON tied with CATHERINE O'HARA for the Best Supporting Actress accolade with their performances in DREAMGIRLS and FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION respectively.
Forest Whitaker has been named Best Actor for playing Idi Amin in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, while the cast of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE picked up Best Ensemble Cast.
Other winners included Little Miss Sunshine directors JONATHAN DAYTON and VALERIE FARIS for Best Directing Debut, HAPPY FEET for Best Animated Feature, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH for Best Documentary and PAN'S LABYRINTH for Best Foreign Language Picture.