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By Gregg Goldstein

"Board of Review votes 'Iwo Jima' best picture"

NEW YORK -- The National Board of Review has chosen Clint Eastwood's Japanese-language "Letters from Iwo Jima" as its best film of 2006. Forest Whitaker was named best actor for "The Last King of Scotland" and Helen Mirren was named best actress for "The Queen." The group's list of bests includes: Best Film: "Letters from Iwo Jima" Best Director: Martin Scorsese, "The Departed" Best Actor: Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland" Best Actress: Helen Miren, "The Queen" Best Supporting Actor: Djimon Hounsou, "Blood Diamond" Best Supporting Actress: Catherine O'Hara, "For Your Consideration" Best Foreign Film: "Volver"' Best Documentary: "An Inconvenient Truth" Best Animated Feature: "Cars" Best Ensemble Cast: "The Departed" Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: Ryan Gosling, "Half Nelson" Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: Jennifer Hudson in "Dreamgirls" and Rinko Kikuchi, "Babel" Best Directorial Debut: Jason Reitman, "Thank You for Smoking" Best Original Screenplay: Zach Helm, "Stranger Than Fiction" Best Adapted Screenplay: Ron Nyswaner, "The Painted Veil" In addition to "Letters from Iwo Jima," it named as its top ten films: "Babel," "Blood Diamond," "The Departed," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Flags of Our Fathers," "The History Boys," "Little Miss Sunshine," "Notes on a Scandal" and "The Painted Veil." Its top five foreign films are "Volver," "Curse of the Golden Flower," "Days of Glory," "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Water." Its top five documentary films are "An Inconvenient Truth,""51 Birch Street," "Iraq in Fragments," "Shut Up & Sing" and "Wordplay." Its top independent films are: "Akeelah and the Bee," "Bobby," "Catch a Fire," "Copying Beethoven," "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Half Nelson," "The Illusionist," "Lonsesome Jim," "Sherrybaby," "10 Items or Less" and "Thank You for Smoking." Other awards include: Career Achievement, "Eli Wallach" Billy Wilder Award for Excellence in Directing, Jonathan Demme Career Achievement in Producing - Irwin Winker William K. Everson Film History Award, Donald Krim The Bvlgari Award for NBR Freedom of Expression, "Water" and "World Trade Center"

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