2006 National Board of Review Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The National Board of Review includes teachers, actors, writers and movie-production workers. The organization publishes the magazine Films in Review. Find out which movies were given top honors in film—including Best Picture, Best Actor & Actress, and Best Director—for 2006.

Best Picture: Letters from Iwo Jima
Best Foreign Language Film: Volver (Spain)
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland
Best Actress: Helen Mirren, The Queen
Best Supporting Actor: Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond
Best Supporting Actress: Catherine O'Hara, For Your Consideration
Best Ensemble: The Departed
Breakthrough Performances: Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson; Rinko Kikuchi, Babel; and Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
Best Director: Martin Scorcese, The Departed
Best Directorial Debut: Jason Reitman, Thank You for Smoking
Screenplay of the Year: The Painted Veil (Best Adapted) and Stranger Than Fiction (Best Original)
Best Documentary: An Inconvenient Truth
Best Animated Feature: Cars
Career Achievement Award: Eli Wallach and Irwin Winkler
Billy Wilder Award for Excellence in Directing: Jonathan Demme
William K. Everson Award for Film History: Donald Krim
Special Recognition of Films That Reflect Freedom of Expression: Water and World Trade Center

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