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Filmmaking siblings Joel and Ethan Coen are set to make their goriest film ever - a Spaghetti Western featuring scenes of primitive torture methods. The brothers, whose notoriously gory new film No Country for Old Men has been tipped for Oscar glory, are desperate to make a film about the days of cowboys and Indians battling it out in the Wild West of America. But - as Joel warns - it won't be one for the faint-hearted. He says, "We've written a western with a lot of violence in it. There's scalping and hanging ... it's good. Indians torturing people with ants, cutting their eyelids off." Ethan adds, "It's a proper western, a real western, set in the 1870s. It's got a scene that no one will ever forget because of one particular chicken." »
- Yesterday we saw a Daniel Clowes' illustration, a pair of tattooed hands, a horses' head, some crafty font arrangement and a bible. Today's picks are more of a "face friendly" bunch. Among those that were cut from our top ten list and are worthy of a mention were Jim Carrey's scribbled face image for Number 23, Kevin Costner's splitting image in Mr.Brooks, the telling a story in one image rendering for Breach, the haunting poster for No Country for Old Men and Lionsgate's series of teaser and theatrical posters for Hostel II. 5. The Tracey Fragments Distributor: (Canadian Distributor) Alliance Atlantis Tagline: Something's MissingComments: Playing with the concept of the film (head on over here if you have no clue what I'm talking about): the film is "fragmented", the film's character is in pieces and so is this picture rendition. 4. Zodiac Distributor: Paramount Pictures Tagline: There's »
In the category of outstanding performance by a cast of a motion picture, "Wild" faces off against 3:10 to Yuma, American Gangster, Hairspray and No Country for Old Men. SAG appears to favor films that have spent weeks, if not months, in release, ignoring such titles as Atonement, Sweeney Todd and The Great Debaters, which are just hitting theaters.
30 Rock and "Ugly Betty" were nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, where they will compete with "Desperate Housewives", Entourage and The Office. In addition to "The Sopranos", the nominees for best dramatic ensemble are Boston Legal, The Closer, Grey's Anatomy and rookie series Mad Men.
Because the WGA has granted its union ally SAG a waiver to produce the awards show -- which will be broadcast Jan. 27 by TNT and TBS from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles -- the SAG Awards promise to be one of the few untroubled spots in an embattled awards season.
"Wild", a Paramount Vantage release, was left in the dust when the nominations for Golden Globes were announced last week -- it picked up just two mentions for its score and Eddie Vedder's song "Guaranteed" -- but it roared back to life Thursday as Jeanne Tripplehorn and Terrence Howard announced the SAG picks at a predawn news conference at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
"Wild"'s Hirsch, who appears to starve himself in the film as he confronts a harsh Alaska winter, scored his first SAG nom and will compete for best dramatic film actor with George Clooney, who plays a troubled legal fixer in "Michael Clayton"; Daniel-Day Lewis, a ruthless oil baron in "There Will Be Blood"; Ryan Gosling, who romances a real, not-so-live doll in "Lars and the Real Girl"; and Viggo Mortensen, who goes mano a mano with the Russian mob in "Eastern Promises".
For dramatic film actress, the SAG nominating panel of 2,100 guild members stayed loyal to Cate Blanchett for again presiding over Elizabethan England in the sequel "Elizabeth: The Golden Age". Blanchett, who now has been nominated for SAG Awards 11 times, was first nominated in 1999 for "Elizabeth". She also was nominated this year for supporting actress for making like Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There".
In the best actress heat, Blanchett is surrounded by Julie Christie, who drifts off into Alzheimer's in "Away From Her"; Marion Cotillard, who embodies Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose"; Angelina Jolie, who plays another real-life woman, Mariane Pearl, in "A Mighty Heart"; and Ellen Page, who stars as a wisecracking pregnant teen in "Juno".
The best supporting male lineup consists of Holbrook, who appears as a lonely retiree in "Wild"; Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones, who represent opposite sides of the law in the same film, "No Country for Old Men"; Casey Affleck, who has a love-hate relationship with a celebrated outlaw in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"; and Tom Wilkinson, who suffers a breakdown in "Michael Clayton".
Keener, who teaches Hirsch's character some hard-learned lessons about life on the road in "Wild", is nominated for supporting actress along with Blanchett; Ruby Dee, who plays the crime lord's mom in "American Gangster"; Amy Ryan, who plays another mom caught up in a crisis in "Gone Baby Gone"; and Tilda Swinton, a manipulating corporate attorney in "Michael Clayton".
On the TV side, James Gandolfini and Edie Falco, who each have won two SAG Awards as best dramatic actor and actress for their work in "The Sopranos", are again nominated in those categories for the mob series' cut-to-black final season. »
TORONTO -- The Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men on Wednesday earned another critical plaudit as Toronto film critics named the crime thriller as their best film for 2007.
The Toronto group also named Sarah Polley's Away From Her as the best Canadian film for 2007, as well as the best first feature. In addition, Away From Her co-star Julie Christie tied with Juno co-star Ellen Page for actress of the year honors.
The best actor for 2007 went to Viggo Mortensen for his star turn in David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, and Cate Blanchett earned the best supporting actress for her portrayal of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There.
- It's a distinctly Canadian and distinctly Coen type of 2007 year in film for the Toronto Film Critics Assn. Awards. Almost replicating the entire New York Film Critics Circle list, tons of Canuck-tied people figure prominently on this year's award list with the differences found in Best Actor which goes to the David Cronenberg film starrer Viggo Mortensen and Ellen Page shares the Best Actress award for her memorable perf in Juno. Best Canadian film went to Sarah Polley's Away From Her and best foreign went to 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.The complete list of winners is as follows:Best Picture: No Country for Old Men Best Director: Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)Best Screenplay: Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men) Best Actress: (Tie) Julie Christie (Away From Her) and Ellen Page (Juno) Best Actor: Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises) Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett (I »
Lending its imprimatur to the tradition of the year-end 10-best list on Sunday, the American Film Institute announced its eighth annual list of the 10 most outstanding motion pictures and TV programs of 2007.
The films earning the AFI's seal of approval are Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Into the Wild, Juno, Knocked Up, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men, Ratatouille, The Savages and There Will Be Blood.
The awards are reserved for narrative features with significant creative and/or production elements from the United States, although the films need not be presented in English as was the case with the French-language Diving Bell.
The designated TV programs are Dexter, Everybody Hates Chris, Friday Night Lights, Longford, Mad Men, Pushing Daisies, The Sopranos, Tell Me You Love Me, 30 Rock and Ugly Betty. Dexter and Friday Night Lights also earned a spot on the AFI's 2006 list.
The awards, which will be officially presented at a luncheon on Jan. 11 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, recognize the entire creative ensemble behind each film or TV show.
For the second consecutive year, Hewlett-Packard, which sponsors the awards, has created 20 scholarships, one for each honoree, to the AFI Conservatory. »
Anderson's tale of U.S. oil prospectors in a frontier town is nominated for film of the year and director of the year as well as actor of the year for Daniel Day-Lewis.
The nominations were announced Friday.
To win the best film award, Blood will have to fend off the mighty challenge of No Country for Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Zodiac and The Bourne Ultimatum.
Anderson will slug it out with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others), Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men), David Fincher (Zodiac) and Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) in the fight for director of the year.
The London Critics' Circle awards concentrate heavily on U.K. endeavors at the cinema, with eight of the 14 categories exclusively there to reward British talent.
British director of the year might just go to Dutch-born Anton Corbijn for his stint behind the lens of Control, with challenges from Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum), Shane Meadows (This Is England), Joe Wright (Atonement) and Danny Boyle (Sunshine).
The awards will be given out at a ceremony in the British capital Feb. »
List of nominees
'Massive sweep' for Focus
'Damages' leads TV pack
Strike curbs enthusiasm
"Atonement", the tony British drama of love, lies and war, led the pack with seven nominations -- including best drama and acting noms for its two leads, Keira Knightley and James McAvoy -- as the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on Thursday morning announced its nominations for the 65th annual Golden Globes.
"Charlie Wilson's War", a comic look at the roots of the U.S.' involvement in Afghanistan, followed with five nominations, including best comedy or musical.
On the TV side, the top contenders with four nominations apiece are the FX dramatic series "Damages", which revolves around a lethal legal case, and the HBO telefilm "Longford", which looked at a crime and its punishment in Great Britain. NBC's comedy "30 Rock", HBO's "Entourage" and ABC's freshman entry "Pushing Daisies" both scored three noms, as did the HBO telefilm "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee".
But this year's wide-open film awards season didn't get much narrower as a result of the Globe nominations as the HFPA chose to include a whopping seven films in its best drama category. In addition to "Atonement", the crowded list includes several looks at criminal behavior, "American Gangster", "Eastern Promises" and "No Country for Old Men"; two very different takes on American business, the oil-struck "There Will Be Blood" and "Michael Clayton", with its corporate intrigue; and the inspirational college drama "The Great Debaters". According to the HFPA, the expanded category came about because three films tied for fifth place.
That should make the competition for prime tables even tougher when the Globes ceremony, broadcast live by NBC, is held Jan. 13 at the Beverly Hilton.
In the case of the best comedy or musical category, the HFPA was a little more selective, nominating three musicals -- the Beatles-inspired "Across the Universe", the '60s-inflected "Hairspray" and the bloody "Sweeney Todd" -- along with two comedy-dramas, "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Juno", a wry look at an unexpected teen pregnancy.
With just five nominations in the best directing category, the contest suddenly got fiercer. On the dramatic side, brother filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen were nominated for "No Country" along with Ridley Scott for "Gangster" and Joe Wright for "Atonement". The only director with a film from the musical category is "Sweeney Todd"'s Tim Burton. The fifth nominee is Julian Schnabel for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," which also was nominated for best screenplay and best foreign-language film.
Cate Blanchett scored a double-header, picking up a best dramatic actress nom for her regal turn in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and supporting actress recognition for her Dylanesque performance in "I'm Not There". With best dramatic actor and supporting actor noms for, respectively, "The Savages" and "Charlie Wilson's War", Philip Seymour Hoffman was much in evidence. Clint Eastwood, though he didn't appear on film this year, also earned two nominations for his score and song for "Grace Is Gone", the study of an Iraq War widower.
Still, for all their largesse, the 82 voting members of the HFPA ignored several possible nominees. Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" was left out in the cold, save for score and song nominations. "Knocked Up" and "Superbad", which were both critical and commercial hits, also got the cold shoulder. Laura Linney, who stars with Hoffman in "Savages", wasn't awarded a nomination like her co-star. Tommy Lee Jones, lauded by critics for performances in both "In the Valley of Elah" and "No Country" wasn't mentioned. And the 3-D "Beowulf" didn't make an appearance in the Globe's new animated feature category, which encompasses just "Bee Movie", "Ratatouille" and "The Simpsons Movie".
With co-productions figuring prominently on both the studio and indie fronts, there were plenty of bragging rights to go around. »
- Atonement may have gotten the largest overall number of noms, but we should expect a different outcome for total number of wins coming January. 13th. Today's list of noms sort of reminds me of what they are doing in schools today to boost self-confidence and not bruise egos: handing out medals/trophies to every single student not for 'winning' but for their 'participation'. In an embarrassing attempt to include everyone, there will be a total of 12 titles vying for Best Movie of the year (Best Drama has a ridiculous number of 7 noms, while Best Comedy/Musical has a five. Despite this, I'll be glued to the set. The glorified dinner party also sorts its nominations out in the most bizarre of manners - take for example the Best Dramatic performance of the year for an actress: hands down you'd think that Marion Cotillard and La Vie en rose would »
13 December 2007 | IMDb News
Atonement was the dominant movie at this morning's announcement of the Golden Globe nominations with seven nods, including Best Picture (Drama) and three acting nominations. The adaptation of Ian McEwan's acclaimed bestseller also received nominations for directing, screenplay, and score as well as for its two leads, James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, and a supporting actress mention for young Saoirse Ronan. Critical favorite No Country for Old Men received four nominations, including picture, supporting actor (Javier Bardem), and directing and screenplay nominations for Joel Coen and Ethan Coen; legal thriller Michael Clayton also received four nods, including picture and three acting nominations for George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton. Rounding out the dramatic Best Picture nominees -- there were an unprecedented seven in all -- were American Gangster, Eastern Promises, The Great Debaters, and There Will Be Blood. Over on the Comedy/Musical side, Charlie Wilson's War led the pack with five nods, including Best Picture (Comedy/Musical), three acting nominations for stars Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and a screenplay nomination for Aaron Sorkin. Tim Burton's blood-filled adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd received four nominations in the Comedy/Musical categories for picutre, Best Actor (Johnny Depp), Best Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), and a directing nod for Burton. Indie hit Juno also scored well, with mentions for star Ellen Page and screenwriter Diablo Cody as well as a best picture nod, and summer musical Hairspray bounced back to life with nominations for picture, lead actress (Nikki Blonsky) and supporting actor (John Travolta). The other nominee for Best Picture (Comedy/Musical) was the Beatles musical Across the Universe. In the television categories, FX newcomer Damages was the leading series contender with four nominations, while the HBO movie Longford also received four nods. Freshman hit Pushing Daisies, returning comedies Entourage and 30 Rock, and miniseries Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee received three nominations each.
Get all of the Golden Globe Nominations in our Road to the Oscars section
With seven nominations, Sean Penn's Into the Wild, the account of a young man who leaves society behind, led the pack as the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. announced its nominees for its 13th annual Critics' Choice Awards Tuesday morning in New York.
Wild figured in the categories of best picture, best actor for Emile Hirsch, best supporting actor for Hal Holbrook, best supporting actress for Catherine Keener and best song for Eddie Vedder's "Guaranteed" and picked up a double nomination for Penn as both writer and director.
Several actors received dual recogntion. Newcomer Michael Cera appeared twice among the nominees for best young actor for his performances as a horny teen in Superbad and an unexpected father in Juno. Cate Blanchett was hailed with a best actress nom for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and a supporting actress nom for her Dylanesque appearance in I'm Not There. Amy Adams, who plays a Disneyesque princess in Enchanted was nominated for best actress and made an appearance in the best song category for "That's How I Know" -- in the song category, the group recognizes the performer who performs a song on film.
Made up of nearly 200 TV, radio and online critics from the United States and Canada, the BFCA prides itself on its ability to foreshadow eventual Oscar noms and awards.
However, the BFCA does load up some of its categories with six nominations each to cover its bases. And for best picture, the group nominated ten films that encompassed American Gangster, Atonement, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Into the Wild, Juno, The Kite Runner, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men, Sweeney Todd and There Will Be Blood.
In addition to Hirsch, the best actor heat includes George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Johnny Depp (Sweeny Todd), Ryan Gosling (Lars and the Real Girl) and Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises).
Nominated for best supporting actor are Holbrook, Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Javier Bardem (Country), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson's War) and Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton).
Seven directors appeared among the BFCA's six nominations for best director, thanks to a shared nomination for brothers Joel and Ethan Coen for Country. Their competition embraces Penn, Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd), Sidney Lumet ("Before the Devil Knows Your Dead"), Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell) and Joe Wright (Atonement).
New Coen Brothers movie No Country For Old Men has dominated yet another influential end of year critics' poll - it has been voted Best Picture by the New York Film Critics Circle. Filmmaking siblings Joel Coen and Ethan Coen also won the Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay honors for the crime drama, which is based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy. Daniel Day-Lewis was named Best Actor for his role in There Will Be Blood, and the Best Actress prize went to Julie Christie for her performance in Away From Her. No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood are emerging as the front-runners to take top honors at the 2008 Academy Awards - both pictures lead various U.S. critics' polls, which are regarded as solid indicators of Oscar glory. »
- The San Francisco Film Critics’ Circle voted pretty much in agreeance with every other critic societies in major U.S cities the the exception of their pick for Best Film which went to Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford a picture that Warner Bros didn't even bother promoting the feature film in my neck of the woods. Casey Affleck who had been getting mentions for his perf in Gone Baby Gone was acknowledged her for supporting actor in his man who shot Jesse James performance. Tamara Jenkins continues to get votes for her original screenplay with “The Savages” and the critics from local Bay Area publications awarded two distinct prizes, the The Marlon Riggs prize -- named after the late gay African-American filmmaker to honor “courage and innovation” by a Bay Area artist -- was bestowed upon Lynn Hershman-Leeson. Her latest feature, »
NEW YORK -- Joel and Ethan Coen's violent crime drama No Country for Old Men swept the New York Film Critics Circle awards Monday, taking home honors for best picture, director, screenplay and supporting actor for Javier Bardem.
The group named Sarah Polley's Alzheimer's drama Away From Her best first film, its star Julie Christie as best actress and Daniel Day-Lewis as best actor for Paul Thomas Anderson's oil baron saga There Will Be Blood, which also earned best cinematography honors for Robert Elswit. Charles Ferguson's Iraq War expose No End in Sight was named best nonfiction film.
NYFCC chairman and Newark Star-Ledger critic Stephen Whitty said the quickest vote was for >Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis as best animated feature, selected in just one round of paper ballots. The toughest calls, he said, were for Bardem as supporting actor and Amy Ryan (Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone) as supporting actress, each taking four ballot rounds when most awards took three.
In a surprise case of deja vu, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives of Others was named best foreign-language film. Although it won the same honor at the Oscars in the spring and at last year's Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. awards, it hadn't opened in New York before the end of 2006 and wasn't eligible for previous NYFCC honors.
Whitty said one factor contributing to its win might have been that this year's Festival de Cannes Palme d'Or winner and this weekend's LAFCA winner, Cristian Mungiu's Romanian abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, had no set New York opening. »
- The first among a slew of critic associations, societies and circles, the Boston Society of Film Critics awarded home town fav. Gone Baby Gone with a pair of wins, but the real tussle in many categories (we should be seeing similar results in other cities) is between the American film classic favorite No Country for Old Men and art-house, Euro-like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Frank Langella picks up est actor and thus receiving more kudos for his perf in Starting Out in the Evening while Marion Cotillard will be part of a two-way race for Oscar (against Julie Christie's Away From Her). Best documentary film goes to Dan Klores' Crazy Love and Pixar's summer film release will be a lock for Best animation this year. Here is the complete list of winners below:... Best Picture: No Country For Old Men Best Actor: Frank Langella for »
- Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Assn. have selected "No Country for Old Men" as best film of 2007 with the Coens grabbing the best directing award and the film winning acting ensemble and supporting actor for Javier Bardem. The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Assn. is comprised of 39 D.C.-based film critics from television, radio, print and the Internet. The only real threat to Cate Blanchett's winning Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars this year comes from Amy Ryan’s perf in Gone Baby Gone. Here is the complete list of winners below:… Best Picture: No Country For Old Men Best Actor: George Clooney for Michael Clayton Best Actress: Julie Christie for Away From Her Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan for Gone Baby Gone Best Ensemble: No Country for Old Men Best Breakthrough Performance: Ellen Page »
- West coast favorite There Will Be Blood became an east coast winner in the New York Film Critics Online awards. The Gotham-based group of 24 web-based reviewers and three print critics choose Paul Thomas Anderson's film for Best Picture tied with The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It appears that Zodiac is getting zero love in year-end attention even among the online critics, but Sarah Polley's early entry is getting plenty of attention which boosts well for long-term profits for the Lionsgate drama. Here is the complete list of winners: Best Picture Best Picture: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (tie) There Will Be Blood Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood Best Actress: Julie Christie for Away From Her Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett for I'm Not There Best Breakthrough Performance: Ellen Page for »
- These days No Country for Old Men is in total domination mood and the folks at the New York Film Critics Circle have come to the same conclusion. What is curious about this list is that There Will Be Blood actually shared in some of the honors and that The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is nowhere to be seen. A blast from the past in The Lives of Others only reminds us that it got a week one release in Los Angeles only - almost the same deal for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days - whose distrib IFC can't seem to get their act together with a release strategy. My favorite award mentions are Sidney Lumet's lifetime achievement award, and a special critics' award to Charles Burnett for his re-release of Killer of Sheep. The Nyfcc awards ceremony is set for Jan. 6 at Spotlight in New York.The »
10 December 2007 | IMDb News
As the awards season begins, no less than four critics' groups announced their awards over the past two days, with the highest-profile group, the New York Film Critics Circle, giving its top honor to emerging favorite No Country for Old Men. Quickly turning into the movie to beat this season, the Coen brothers movie also won the Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem) awards from the Gotham critics. Top acting honors went to Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood) and Julie Christie (Away From Her), with the supporting actress award going to Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), who is appearing on as many winners' lists as the Coen brothers. Other winners included The Lives of Others (Foreign Language Film), Persepolis (Animated Film), and No End in Sight (Documentary).
In Los Angeles on Sunday, there was blood -- and lots of it -- as Paul Thomas Anderson's historical epic There Will Be Blood swept the awards, taking Best Picture, Director, and Lead Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) honors. Marion Cotillard of La Vie En Rose was named Best Actress, Vlad Ivanov of the Romanian abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days was the surprise supporting actor winner, and -- yes -- Amy Ryan was named best supporting actress for Gone Baby Gone as well as Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days also won the foreign language film award, and Tamara Jenkins's The Savages received best screenplay honors. No End in Sight was the documentary winner, with Ratatouille and Persepolis sharing the animated feature award.
Also handing out awards on Sunday was the Boston Society of Film Critics, which jumped on the No Country for Old Men bandwagon, naming it their best picture and Javier Bardem as the supporting actor winner. While Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) was the lead actress winner, the group threw a couple curveballs with awards to lead actor Frank Langella for the acclaimed but little-seen drama Starting Out in the Evening, and to director Julian Schnabel for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (which also won cinematography and foreign language film honors). Once again, Amy Ryan won the supporting actress award for Gone Baby Gone. Other winners included Ratatouille (screenplay) and Crazy Love (documentary).
And sharing in the fun was the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association, which along with Boston and New York named No Country for Old Men as their Best Picture, and giving the Coen brothers directing honors and Javier Bardem the supporting actor award; to exacerbate the sense of deja vu, Amy Ryan was again the supporting actress winner for Gone Baby Gone. A bevy of usual suspects rounded out the DC awards, with George Clooney (Michael Clayton) and Julie Christie (Away From Her) nabbing lead acting awards, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly taking the foreign language film honor. Other winners included Michael Moore's Sicko (documentary), Ratatouille (animated film), Charlie Wilson's War (adapted screenplay) and Juno (original screenplay and breakthrough performance for Ellen Page).
Following up these critical honors will be the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations this Thursday morning; the Academy Award nominations will be unveiled next month on Tuesday, January 22. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff
NEW YORK -- Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men came out on top of the National Board of Review Awards on Wednesday as the Miramax Films/Paramount Vantage co-production picked up best picture, best ensemble cast and best adapted screenplay honors.
George Clooney and Julie Christie took home best actor and actress prizes. Clooney's Michael Clayton from Warner Bros. and Christie's Away From Her from Lionsgate landed on NBR's Top Ten Films and Top Independent Films lists, respectively. Michael Douglas received a career achievement award.
Tim Burton took home the best director prize for the DreamWorks/Warner Bros. musical Sweeney Todd. Diablo Cody (Juno) and Nancy Oliver Lars and the Real Girl tied for best original screenplay. All three films made the NBR top 10 films list.
Miramax also scored big with a best foreign film win for Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and best directorial debut and best supporting actress wins for Ben Affleck and Amy Ryan, respectively, for Gone Baby Gone. The director's brother Casey Affleck won best supporting actor for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
The Iraq War expose Body of War took home best documentary, Ratatouille took home best animated feature, and both The Great Debaters and Persepolis won the Bvlgari Award for NBR Freedom of Expression. »
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