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.