Children of Men and Brick Recognized as the Best of 2006 in the 1st Annual Film School Rejects Honor Roll

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Children of Men recognized as Best Film of 2006, Breakout Indie Director Rian Johnson wins big and Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector is the "Most Rejected" film of 2006.

It is wonderful to see recognition for Brick, a film that was as original and unexpected as they get.

Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men was named Best Film by the staff of Film School Rejects in the 1st Annual Film School Rejects Honor Roll, recognizing the best (and worst) in the year of film. Aside from taking home the top prize, Children of Men also led the way with two additional awards and one runner up. Alfonso Cuarón was recognized as Best Director, defeating Martin Scorsese (The Departed) by a narrow margin. Emmanuel Lubezki was also recognized in the Best Cinematography category.

Equaling the mark of 3 Awards set by Children of Men was Brick and its writer/director Rian Johnson. Johnson was recognized as the Breakthrough Film Artist of the Year, narrowly edging out the electrifying Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls). His second award came by way of the Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) Category, and his film was named as Independent Film of the Year. Film School Rejects Publisher and Editor Neil Miller said of Johnson's win, "It is wonderful to see recognition for Brick, a film that was as original and unexpected as they get."

"Film School Rejects is about giving a voice to tomorrow's film critics," he added, "and that voice is shouting very loud and clear that we need more intelligent, original cinema. This year's Honor Roll is a reflection of that."

Rounding out the year's awards were the two most unique categories: Guilty Pleasure of the Year and Most Rejected Film. The year's highest grossing film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest took the nod as the Year's Best Guilty Pleasure, narrowly escaping the Borat phenomenon. And Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector sat atop the list as the Most Rejected, or worst film of the year.

Founded in 2006, Film School Rejects is the web's fastest growing source of movie reviews, news and opinions. Launched as an open forum for the film critics of tomorrow, FSR is home to over 50 writers from the North America and Europe. More information can be found by visiting Film School Rejects on the web at http://www.filmschoolrejects.com.

A complete list of the Awards follows, including the winners and runners up in each category:

BEST FILM

Winner: Children of Men

Runner up: The Departed

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner: Alfonso Cuarón, Children of Men

Runner up: Martin Scorsese, The Departed

Best Actor (Leading or Supporting)

Winner: Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson

Runner up: Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

Best Actress (Leading or Supporting)

Winner: Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

Runner up: Helen Mirren, The Queen

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Winner: Rian Johnson (Writer/Director), Brick

Runner up: Jennifer Hudson (Actress), Dreamgirls

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted)

Winner: Rian Johnson, Brick

Runner up: Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Children of Men

Best Animated Feature

Winner: Happy Feet

Runner up: Monster House

Independent Film of the Year

Winner: Brick

Runner up: Pan's Labyrinth

Best Cinematography

Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki, Children of Men

Runner up: Michael Ballhaus, The Departed

Best Visual Effects

Winner: Pan's Labyrinth

Runner up: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Best Feature Length Documentary

Winner: This Film Not Yet Rated

Runner up: Shut Up and Sing

Guilty Pleasure of the Year

Winner: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Runner up: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Maker Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Most Rejected Film of the Year (Worst Film of the Year)

Winner: Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector

Runner up: Employee of the Month

The Film School Rejects staff offers its congratulations to all of the winners.

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