• Forest Whitaker

    Forest Whitaker

    2006 Best Actor - The Last King of Scotland

  • Ryan Gosling, Penelope Cruz

    Ryan Gosling, Penelope Cruz

    2006 Breakthrough Performance, Male - Half Nelson

  • Steven Spielberg

    Steven Spielberg

  • Mark Wahlberg

    Mark Wahlberg

  • Jennifer Hudson

    Jennifer Hudson

    2006 Breakthrough Performance, Female - Dreamgirls

  • Rinko Kikuchi

    Rinko Kikuchi

    2006 Breakthrough Performance, Female - Babel

  • Terrence Howard

    Terrence Howard

  • Djimon Hounsou

    Djimon Hounsou

    2006 Best Supporting Actor - Blood Diamond

  • Sarah Jessica Parker

    Sarah Jessica Parker

  • Helen Mirren

    Helen Mirren

    2006 Best Actress - The Queen

  • Parker Posey

    Parker Posey

  • Jason Reitman

    Jason Reitman

    2006 Best Directorial Debut - Thank You for Smoking

  • Tipper Gore

    Tipper Gore

  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg

    2006 Best Film - Letters from Iwo Jima

  • Martin Scorsese

    Martin Scorsese

    2006 Best Director - The Departed

  • Penelope Cruz

    Penelope Cruz

    Presenter, 2006 Best Foreign Language Film - Volver

  • Djimon Hounsou, Terrence Howard

    Djimon Hounsou, Terrence Howard

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A select group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students, the National Board of Review viewed over 250 films in 2006 including studio, independent, foreign-language, animated and documentary selections.

These screenings were frequently followed by in-depth discussions with filmmakers, directors, actors, producers, and screenwriters. Voting ballots were tabulated by the accounting firm of Lutz & Carr, LLP.

The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures named LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA the 2006 Best Film of the Year. Directed by Clint Eastwood and released by Warner Bros., it tells the story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

“LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA is probably Mr. Eastwood’s masterpiece and perhaps one of the greatest films of our time. His achievement is all the more extraordinary when one views the film as a companion piece to FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS,” said NBR President Annie Schulhof.

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LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA is...perhaps one of the greatest films of our time.

– Annie Schulhof, NBR President