September 11th drama United 93 has hurtled into the Oscar race after picking up two Best Film prizes in a day.
Hours after claiming the top honor from the Washington, D.C., Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), the stirring film was voted 2006's Best Picture by the New York Film Critics Circle.
It took the movie writers five attempts to break a three-way deadlock between United 93, The Queen and The Last King of Scotland.
Forest Whitaker, Helen Mirren and Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson continued their push for Academy Awards, claiming New York's Best Actor (The Last King of Scotland), Best Actress (The Queen) and Best Supporting Actress (Dreamgirls), respectively.
Jackie Earle Haley, a new name in the race for Oscar gold, picked up the Circle's Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Little Children.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Picture: United 93
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker--The Last King of Scotland
Best Actress: Helen Mirren--The Queen
Best Director: Martin Scorsese--The Departed
Best Foreign Film: Army of Shadows
Best Screenplay: Peter Morgan--The Queen
Best Supporting Actor: Jackie Earle Haley--Little Children
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson--Dreamgirls
Best Cinematographer: Guillermo Navarro--Pan's Labyrinth
Best Non-Fiction Film: Deliver Us from Evil
Best First Film: Ryan Fleck--Half Nelson
Best Animated Film: Happy Feet
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