After taking the National Board of Review's Best Film award, Clint Eastwood's 'Letters from Iwo Jima' was also named Best Picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association on Sunday.

These two wins make Eastwood's Japanese-language World War II film an early front-runner for the Academy Awards.

"I think it is such an intimate film set against such a grand backdrop, it's hard not to be impressed by it," said Critics Association president Henry Sheehan.

Eastwood was also runner-up for the Best Director award which ultimately went to British director Paul Greengrass for his documentary-style 9/11 film 'United 93'.

Stephen Frears' 'The Queen' won a total of four awards, including Best Actress for Helen Mirren and Supporting Actor for Michael Sheen, as well as screenplay and score prizes.

The Best Actor went jointly to Forest Whitaker for 'The Last King of Scotland' and Sasha Baron Cohen for 'Borat'.

Luminita Gheorghiu won Best Supporting Actress for 'The Death of Mr. Lazarescu' and 'The Lives of Others' took Best Foreign Language Film, while Best Animated Film went to 'Happy Feet' and 'An Inconvenient Truth' won Best Documentary.