Gathering together at Beverly Hills' Imperial Ballroom of le Meridian on Sunday, December 17, 2006, members of International Press Academy eagerly handed down the organization's honor of Satellite Awards, originally known as Golden Satellite Awards, to the year's outstanding artists, films, television shows, DVDs, and interactive media.
Martin Scorsese's mob saga "The Departed" led the event together with "Dreamgirls" as both collected four prizes each. The Warner Bros. release scored in categories of Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Screenplay - Adapted for William Monahan, Best Ensemble - Motion Picture, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Leonardo DiCaprio.
As for "Dreamgirls", the flick successfully won those of Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Jennifer Hudson, Best Sound (Editing & Mixing), and Best Director for Bill Condon who tied with "Flags of Our Fathers" helmer Clint Eastwood in gaining the title.
Critics' favorites Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren both took down best dramatic acting honors, the former obviously for his role in "The Last King of Scotland" while the latter for hers in "The Queen." Meanwhile, the best comedy acting awards went to Meryl Streep of "The Devil Wears Prada" and Joseph Cross of "Running with Scissors."
For the television program slot, FOX's "House and ABC's "Ugly Betty" were wonderfully named Best Television Series - Drama and Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy, respectively. Names winning the honors here included Marcia Cross, Kyra Sedgwick, Bill Nighy, and Hugh Laurie to name few. Complete list of winners can be viewed in PDF version via the academy's official site at http://www.pressacademy.com.