The critics of the Windy City have spoken and Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” has earned the awards of best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay from the Chicago Film Critics Association Thursday. Helen Mirren (“The Queen”) and Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”) won awards as well in lead acting categories.
Best supporting performance awards were given to Rinko Kikuchi for “Babel” and Jackie Earle Haley for “Little Children.” Sacha Baron Cohen won the most promising performer award for his roles in “Borat” and “Talladega Nights.” Rian Johnson won most promising director honors for “Brick.”
Clint Eastwood’s “Letters from Iwo Jima” won best foreign language film and Davis Guggenheim’s “An Inconvenient Truth” won best documentary.
Along with William Monahan’s adaptation of the 2002 Hong Kong action drama “Infernal Affairs,” best original screenplay honors went to Peter Morgan for “The Queen.”
Also, best cinematography was given to Emmanuel Lubezki for “Children of Men” and best original score went to Clint Mansell for “The Fountain.”