Finally, a departure from The Departed. The film-critics organizations from Utah and Oklahoma have each honored United 93 with their best-picture awards. The Sooners, however, named Martin Scorsese best director, while Utah gave that kudos to Children of Men's Alfonso Cuaron. Helen Mirren, Forest Whitaker, Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal) and Jackie Earle Haley won the acting categories in Oklahoma, while Utah opted for a Mirren/Sacha Baron Cohen/Rinko Kikuchi (Babel)/Michael Sheen (The Queen) ticket.
The lines were longer than ever at this year's Comic-Con International, the annual celebration of all things geeky. Just ask the thousands of Battlestar Galactica fans who waited en masse outside of Ballroom 20 to see their favorite Cylons and colonials in the flesh. Meanwhile, the queue for New Line's special Snakes on a Plane presentation snaked (ha ha ha) out the door and down the side of the massive convention center. There are only two possible explanations for the sheer number of people who invaded San Diego for that weekend: 1) Nerds have learned how to clone themselves or 2) Geek culture is now mainstream culture. Either way, Comic-Con '06 was one for the ages. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the four-day extravaganza.
Best Teaser Trailer (Mo