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World War II film called year's best

Let the Oscar hype officially begin. Letters From Iwo Jima, the second of Clint Eastwood's two-part look at World War II, is the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures' pick as the year's best film. Also on the list, announced Wednesday: Flags of Our Fathers, in which Eastwood shows the aftermath of war through the men who raised the U.S. flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Letters, which depicts the war from the Japanese perspective with a mostly Japanese cast, originally was scheduled to hit theaters in February, but Warner Bros. recently decided to put it in limited release Dec. 20. It's not scheduled for the Tampa Bay area at that time. Martin Scorsese was the choice for best director for The Departed. Top acting honors went to Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland and Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. The National Board of Motion Pictures, formed 97 years ago, is composed of film historians, students and educators.

Witnesses: Actor drank before crash

Five witnesses say Prison Break actor Lane Garrison was drinking "several shots" of Grey Goose vodka at a party before leaving in a Land Rover that crashed in Beverly Hills, celebrity news Web site said Wednesday. A 17-year-old boy was killed and two 15-year-old girls injured when the SUV hit a tree. Harland Braun, Lane's attorney, had said Garrison had one drink at the party and probably wasn't drunk. The witnesses also say Garrison, who plays Tweener on Prison Break, was on an alcohol run with the teens when the accident happened. Results from a blood-alcohol test are two weeks away, Braun said.

Farrah's feeling better

Farrah Fawcett's publicist says the actor has completed cancer treatment and is doing well, the Associated Press reported. Fawcett, 59, who starred on the Charlie's Angels TV series, wrapped up several weeks of treatment last week after going through chemotherapy, Mike Pingel said. "Her spirits are high, she's feeling good," he said, without naming the kind of cancer she had. "Her plans are to recover and take the time to heal, and she's also looking forward to the holidays with her family."