9594 – Mirren and Frears were among the winners

Toronto Critics Hail the ‘Queen’
It was a royal flush for “The Queen,” which won five top honors from the Tornoto Film Critics Association.
Stephen Frears’ examination of Her Majesty’s reaction after Princess Di’s untimely death won for best picture, best actress Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, best supporting actor Michael Sheen as Prime Minister Tony Blair, best screenplay by Peter Morgan and best director Frears, who shares the honors with “L’Enfant” co-directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
Acting kudos went to Sacha Baron Cohen for his leading role in “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” and Cate Blanchett for her supporting role in “Notes on a Scandal.”
The penguins once again proved their supremacy as they tapped off with the best animated feature award, while Jason Reitman’s “Thank You for Smoking” snagged the first feature award. “L’Enfant” also took home the best foreign-language film award, while Jennifer Baichawal’s “Manufactured Landscapes” — which follows photographer Edward Burtynsky as he takes pictures of how the land has changed due to industrial work and manufacturing — nabbed two awards, for best documentary film and best Canadian film.
“The Queen” is also nominated for four Golden Globe awards in the best dramatic picture, directing, screenplay and actress categories