The 32nd Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards were last night and some of the most respected people in show biz were in attendance. You know an award show is a big deal when both Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood show up! It might have helped that their film Letters from Iwo Jima was voted Best Picture of the Year. Sacha Baron Cohen tied with Forest Whitaker for Best Actor! That's quite an accomplishment for such a newcomer! Reese wasn't up for any awards this year, but she's always a favorite among critics and us as well. She may be going through a divorce but you never would have known it by the way she was acting last night. Good to see her smiling once again!


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"Letters from Iwo Jima" was voted Best Picture of the Year, it was announced today by Henry Sheehan, President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). The runner up was "The Queen."

LAFCA's 32nd annual achievement awards ceremony will be held Sunday, January 14 at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles. www.lafca.net

Other award winners are:

DIRECTOR: Paul Greengrass, "United 93"
Runner-up: Clint Eastwood, "Flags of our Fathers", “Letters from Iwo Jima”

ACTRESS: Helen Mirren, "The Queen"
Runner-up: Penelope Cruz, “Volver”

ACTOR: Tie – Sacha Baron Cohen, "Borat" & Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland”

SCREENPLAY: "The Queen" by Peter Morgan
Runner-up: “Little Miss Sunshine” by Michael Arndt

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Luminita Gheorghiu, "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu"
Runner-up: Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Michael Sheen, "The Queen"
Runner-up: Sergi López, "Pan’s Labyrinth"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "The Lives of Others" directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Runner-up: "Volver" directed by Pedro Almodóvar

DOCUMENTARY/NON-FICTION FILM: "An Inconvenient Truth" directed by Davis Guggenheim
Runner-up: "Darwin’s Nightmare" directed by Hubert Sauper

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Eugenio Caballero, "Pan’s Labyrinth"
Runner-up: Jim Clay, Veronica Falzon & Geoffrey Kirkland, "Children of Men"

ANIMATION: “Happy Feet" (George Miller)
Runner-up: “Cars” (John Lasseter, Joe Ranft)

MUSIC: Alexandre Desplat, “The Painted Veil” and "The Queen"
Runner-up: Thomas Newman, "The Good German" and “Little Children”

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Lubezki, "Children of Men"
Runner-up: Tom Stern, "Flags of our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima"

NEW GENERATION:
Michael Arndt (screenwriter), Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (co-directors) – “Little Miss Sunshine”

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Robert Mulligan (previously announced)

INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL:
“Old Joy” directed by Kelly Reichardt & “In Between Days” directed by So Yong Kim

SPECIAL CITATIONS:
To Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1969 film “Army of Shadows” upon the occasion of its long-overdue U.S. release.

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