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Monday, December 10, 2007

Awards Watch: NYFCC and LAFCA

The two most important film critics awards -- next to the all-important, king-making Southeastern Film Critics Association awards, of course (which will be announced next week) -- are probably the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which have just announced their honors for 2007. The New York awards play out like this:

BEST FILM: No Country for Old Men

BEST DIRECTORS: Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)

BEST ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)

BEST ACTRESS: Julie Christie (Away From Her)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone)

BEST SCREENPLAY: Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood)

BEST DOCUMENTARY: No End in Sight

BEST FOREIGN FILM: The Lives of Others

BEST ANIMATED FILM: Persepolis

BEST FIRST FILM: Sarah Polley (Away from Her)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Sidney Lumet

SPECIAL CRITICS' AWARD: Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep)

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced its awards Sunday. LAFCA generally marches to the beat of different drummers, and its awards usually aren’t seen as obvious Academy Award predictors. It deserves special praise this year for recognizing the screenplay of The Savages. (It also always gets props in my book for giving top honors to the most awesome movie ever made, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, in 1985.)

BEST PICTURE: There Will Be Blood

DIRECTOR: Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood

ACTRESS: Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose

ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Vlad Ivanov, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days

SCREENPLAY: Tamara Jenkins, The Savages

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days

DOCUMENTARY/ NON-FICTION FILM: No End in Sight

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jack Fisk, There Will Be Blood

ANIMATION (tie): Ratatouille and Persepolis

MUSIC: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, Once

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Janusz Kaminski, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

NEW GENERATION: Sarah Polley, Away from Her

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Sidney Lumet

Next up, the once laughable, now prestigious Golden Globe Awards, to be announced Thursday.

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