The Last King of Scotland
It's got quite a misleading title (it's explained) and it's a fictional tale with a real life political/historical background. While Forest Whitaker deserves every accolade he received for his role, I'm perplexed why the cover has three images of him on the cover and none of James McAvoy, whose character propels the story. Hm? The film follows young, aimless, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan (McAvoy) into Uganda where a coincidental meeting with the country's future leader Idi Amin (Whitaker) finds him acting as the leader's offical doctor (and one of his many advisors). Through Garrigan's outsider eyes, we see how the incredibly charismatic, seductive and dangerous Amin becomes the country's dictator and how formerly independant Uganda dissolves into genecide and terror. The film is visually stunning and horrific but in such a way that you cannot (and shouldn't) tear your eyes away from both the story and Whitaker's spectacular performance. McAvoy brings a convincingly multi-layered performance as the naive, callow youth who gets caught up in the power glut and exoticism of his circumstances and pays a dramatic price.
I'll put it this was, Forrest Whitaker winning best actor wasn't a fluke. There is no doubt, this was one the best films of '06.