So, the Los Angeles film critics have chimed in with their early-season (yet year-end) movie picks for the year of 2006, and the results are, meh, not bad / not great (If it's me you're asking). There were a few surprise picks, most notably Sacha "Borat" Baron Cohen's mention for Best Actor, although the comedian must be content to share the award with co-recipient Forest Whitaker for his work in The Last King of Scotland. Most of the other picks are fairly standard (Eastwood, Frears, Greengrass, etc.) but certainly solid choices across the board.

Plus I'm thrilled they gave two pieces of praise to Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men, because it's my very favorite movie of 2006. Here's the big list:

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: Letters From Iwo Jima // Runner-Up: The Queen

Director: Paul Greengrass, United 93 // Runner-Up: Clint Eastwood, Flags of Our Fathers & Letters From Iwo Jima

Actor: Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat & Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland (tie)

Actress
: Helen Mirren, The Queen // Runner-Up: Penelope Cruz, Volver

Supporting Actor: Michael Sheen, The Queen // Runner-Up: Sergi Lopez, Pan's Labyrinth (ooh, good pick!)

Supporting Actress: Luminita Gheorghiu, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu // Runner-Up: Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

Screenplay: Peter Morgan, The Queen // Runner-Up: Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine

Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Children of Men // Runner-Up: Tom Stern, Flags of Our Fathers & Letters From Iwo Jima

Production Design: Eugenio Caballero, Pan's Labyrinth // Runner-Up: Jim Clay & Geoffrey Kirkland, Children of Men

For the rest of the winners -- music, foreign language, documentary, animation, etc. -- check out Variety's Award Central 2007 blog. I figure they're the ones who first published the list, so they deserve the traffic. (Expect a lot more critics' list as December trudges on!)
CATEGORIES Awards, Cinematical