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And we're off! The Oscar race begins today with the first awards of the season

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133027__departed_lHere are your National Board of Review Awards for 2006, generally considered the first big Oscar bellwether of the year. Couple of shockers – Letters From Iwo Jima, anyone? Must we nominate Clint Eastwood every year? – but I’m psyched to see Jason Reitman get a shout-out for the excellent Thank You For Smoking, and hey, who doesn’t love talking cars? Anyway, it’s a pretty mixed bag. God knows what it means going forward – I’ll leave that up to EW Oscar prognosticator-in-chief Dave Karger – but I think it’s safe to say that the NBR voters won’t be traveling abroad any time soon. Other countries are scary!

(See the winners’ list after the jump.)

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Best Film
Letters From Iwo Jima

Best Foreign Film
Volver

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 Acting By An Ensemble
The Departed

Best Director
Martin Scorsese (pictured, with The Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon), The Departed

Best Directorial Debut
Jason Reitman, Thank You For Smoking

Best Adapted Screenplay
Ron Nyswaner, The Painted Veil

Best Original Screenplay
Zach Helm, Stranger Than Fiction

Best Documentary
An Inconvenient Truth

Best Animated Feature
Cars