The Chicago and Florida film critics agree: "The Departed" is worthy of high praise on at least three counts.
The Martin Scorsese film, remaking the 2002 Hong Kong drama "Infernal Affairs," has won the best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay (by William Monaghan) awards from both the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Florida Film Critics Circle for 2006.
The two critics groups also agreed on the best actor awards, which went to Helen Mirren for "The Queen" and Forest Whitaker for "The Last King of Scotland." They similarly picked "An Inconvenient Truth" for best documentary. From that point on, however, the two groups differed.
Chicago tapped Rinko Kikuchi ("Babel") and Jackie Earle Haley ("Little Children") for supporting actor honors, while the most promising performer award went to Sacha Baron Cohen for "Borat" and "Talladega Nights." The corresponding director's award went to Rian Johnson for the teen noir "Brick."
Second City also named "Letters From Iwo Jima" its best foreign-language film, while original screenplay honors went to Peter Morgan for "The Queen." The cinematography award went to "Children of Men's" Emmanuel Lubezki and the original score honors went to Clint Mansell for "The Fountain."
In Florida, "The Departed" snagged an additional award for Jack Nicholson's supporting role, while Cate Blanchett took the best supporting actress title for "Notes on a Scandal." The Pauline Kael Breakout Award went to "American Idol" ejectee Jennifer Hudson for "Dreamgirls."
Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" got double honors for best foreign-language film and its cinematography, while "Monster House" was named the best animated film.