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'Queen' tops Toronto critics' annual list

Dec. 20, 2006 at 4:39 PM

TORONTO, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Director Stephen Frears' "The Queen" has dominated this year's awards from the Toronto Film Critics Association including garnering a nod for top film overall.

The Hollywood Reporter said that the drama was not only tabbed as 2006's best film by the critics organization but also gathered a directorial award for Frears and recognized writer Peter Morgan as producing the year's top screenplay.

While Frears split his Best Director honor with "L'Enfant" heads Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, "Queen" lead Helen Mirren was honored alone as the 2006's top actress and a best supporting nod was given to her co-star, Michael Sheen.

Best Acting kudos went to Sacha Baron Cohen for his lead role in "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," while the association gave Best Supporting Actress honors to Cate Blanchett for "Notes On a Scandal."

The critics group named "Happy Feet" 2006's top animated film, "Manufactured Landscapes" as the year's Best Documentary and "Thank You For Smoking" as the Best First Feature.

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