British movie THE QUEEN continues to build up Oscar momentum after being named the winner of five awards by the Toronto Film Critics Association yesterday (19DEC06).
DAME Helen Mirren won Best Female Performance for her turn as monarch Queen Elizabeth II, while Michael Sheen won Best Male Supporting Performance.
The Queen also collected Best Picture and Best Screenplay for Peter Morgan, while Stephen Frears was named Best Director.
Frears shares his award with JEAN-PIERRE and Luc Dardenne, honoured for L'ENFANT, which also picked up Best Foreign Language Film.
Elsewhere, Sacha Baron Cohen was named Best Male Performance for BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN.
The awards will be presented at a private ceremony in January (07).
The full list of winners is:
Best Picture - THE QUEEN
Best Male Performance - SACHA BARON COHEN in BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN
Best Female Performance - HELEN MIRREN in THE QUEEN
Best Male Supporting Performance - MICHAEL SHEEN in THE QUEEN
Best Female Supporting Performance - Cate Blanchett in NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Best Director - Jean-Pierre Dardenne and LUC DARDENNE for L'ENFANT; STEPHEN FREARS for THE QUEEN
Best Screenplay - PETER MORGAN for THE QUEEN
Best Canadian Film - MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES, directed by JENNIFER BAICHWAL
Best First Feature - THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, directed by Jason Reitman
Best Animated Feature - HAPPY FEET, directed by George Miller
Best Foreign Language Film - L'ENFANT, directed by JEAN-PIERRE DARDENNE and LUC DARDENNE
Best Documentary Feature - MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES, directed by JENNIFER BAICHWAL.