“The Departed” and its director, Martin Scorsese, won top honors from the Southeastern Film Critics Association.
The movie, the story of a police detective who goes undercover to take down a crime boss, also was named best adapted screenplay by the association.
Roles as rulers brought the best actor award to Forest Whitaker, who portrays Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland,” and the best actress award to Helen Mirren, who plays Elizabeth II in “The Queen.”
“An Inconvenient Truth,” the global-warming documentary featuring Al Gore, won best documentary.
There were 47 film critics from nine states who cast ballots for the 15th annual awards released Tuesday.
The association also named Jackie Earl Haley, in “Little Children,” as best supporting actor and Jennifer Hudson, in “Dreamgirls,” as best supporting actress.
“Little Miss Sunshine” was selected as the best original screenplay, and “Cars” was the best animated film.
The Wyatt award for a film that captures the spirit of the South went to “Shut Up and Sing,” the Dixie Chicks documentary. The award is named for the late Gene Wyatt, who reviewed films for The Tennessean.