Film Honors: 2006

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.


Actress Support

Adriana Barraza (Babel)
Stine Fischer Christensen (Efter brylluppet)
Déborah François (L’enfant)
Rinko Kikuchi (Babel)
Maribel Verdú (El laberinto del fauno)

Actor Support

Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine)
Steve Carell (Little Miss Sunshine)
Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children)
Rolf Lassgård (Efter brylluppet)
Sergi López (El laberinto del fauno)

Sound Designing

Casino Royale
Children of Men
El laberinto del fauno
The Fountain

Special Effects

Casino Royale
El laberinto del fauno
The Fountain
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Superman Returns

Picture Editing

Children of Men
The Departed
El laberinto del fauno
United 93

Cast Ensemble

The Departed
Little Miss Sunshine
United 93


Matthew Libatique (The Fountain)
Emmanuel Lubezki (Children of Men)
Guillermo Navarro (El laberinto del fauno)
Rodrigo Prieto (Babel)
Gökhan Tiryaki (Iklimler)


Pedro Almodóvar (Volver)
Susanne Bier (Efter brylluppet)
Guillermo del Toro (El laberinto del fauno)
Asghar Farhadi (Chaharshanbe Suri)
Paul Greengrass (United 93)

Score Composing

Philip Glass (The Illusionist)
Clint Mansell (The Fountain)
Javier Navarrete (El laberinto del fauno)
Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel)
Hans Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code)

Screenwriting Adapted

Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada)
Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby (Children of Men)
Todd Field, Tom Perrotta (Little Children)
Seishi Minakami, Satoshi Kon (Papurika)
William Monahan (The Departed)

Screenwriting Original

Pedro Almodóvar (Volver)
Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine)
Susanne Bier, Anders Thomas Jensen (Efter brylluppet)
Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale)
Asghar Farhadi, Mani Haghighi (Chaharshanbe Suri)

Actress Lead

Ivana Baquero (El laberinto del fauno)
Penélope Cruz (Volver)
Helen Mirren (The Queen)
Shu Qi (Zuihao de shiguang)
Hedieh Tehrani (Chaharshanbe Suri)


Costume Designing

El laberinto del fauno
The Illusionist
Marie Antoinette
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
The Prestige

Set Designing

El laberinto del fauno
The Fountain
Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia
Marie Antoinette
The Prestige

Actor Lead

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed)
Hugh Jackman (The Fountain)
Mads Mikkelsen (Efter brylluppet)
Clive Owen (Children of Men)
Jérémie Renier (L’enfant)

Motion Picture

Efter brylluppet (Susanne Bier) Denmark / Sweden
Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón) UK / USA
Chaharshanbe Suri (Asghar Farhadi) Iran
El laberinto del fauno (Guillermo del Toro) Spain / Mexico
L’enfant (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne) Belgium
Papurika (Satoshi Kon) Japan
Paradise Now (Hany Abu-Assad) Palestine / Israel / Netherlands / Germany / France
United 93 (Paul Greengrass) UK / USA / France
Volver (Pedro Almodóvar) Spain
Zuihao de shiguang (Hou Hsiao-Hsien) Taiwan

The Mexicans were coming. One of the great international years in fact. Comment away on your views of 2006 in the section below.



4 thoughts on “Film Honors: 2006

  1. I know most of these films, and I think they’re great picks. As you know I love greatly The Departed, but I can accept that you and others don’t love it as much as I do. I really need to re-watch Pan’s Labyrinth and Babel. Plus, I should see Volver and Papurika.

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  2. My picks:
    Picture: Letters from Iwo Jima
    Director: Paul Greengrass; United 93
    Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio; The Departed
    Actress: Penelope Cruz; Volver
    Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin; Little Miss Sunshine
    Supporting Actress: Rinko Kikuichi; Babel
    Original Screenplay: Pan’s Labyrinth
    Adapted Screenplay: The Departed

    2006-07 are, by far, the best two years for film in the 2000’s.

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