"Sunshine" Wins Big at Critics' Awards

Paul Dano, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin, and Toni Collette pose with the award for best acting ensemble for their work on "Little Miss Sunshine," at 12th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Jan. 12, 2007 in Santa Monica, Calif.
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"Little Miss Sunshine," the heartwarming story about family dysfunction, and the musical "Dreamgirls," led winners at the 12th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Friday night.

Both films earned four awards, though "The Departed" took home top prizes for best picture and best director.

"Little Miss Sunshine" won for best acting ensemble, best young actress for Abigail Breslin, best young actor for Paul Dano and best writer for Michael Arndt.

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Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson of "Dreamgirls" earned honors in the best supporting actor/actress categories. The film also earned an award for best soundtrack, while Beyonce won for best song for "Listen."

Helen Mirren earned the best actress nod for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen." Forest Whitaker won best actor for "The Last King of Scotland."

The awards were presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Presenters included Penelope Cruz, Toni Collette, Steven Spielberg and Spike Lee.

The complete list of winners:

  • Picture: "The Departed"
  • Actor: Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"
  • Actress: Helen Mirren, "The Queen"
  • Supporting Actor: Eddie Murphy, "Dreamgirls"
  • Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"
  • Acting Ensemble: "Little Miss Sunshine"
  • Director: Martin Scorsese, "The Departed"
  • Writer: Michael Arndt, "Little Miss Sunshine"
  • Animated Feature: "Cars"
  • Young Actor: Paul Dano, "Little Miss Sunshine"
  • Young Actress: Abigail Breslin, "Little Miss Sunshine"
  • Comedy: "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"
  • Family Film (live action): "Charlotte's Web"
  • Picture Made for Television: "Elizabeth I"
  • Foreign Language Film: "Letters from Iwo Jima"
  • Song: "Listen," Beyonce, from the film "Dreamgirls"
  • Soundtrack: "Dreamgirls"
  • Composer: Philip Glass, "The Illusionist"
  • Documentary Feature: "An Inconvenient Truth"