Joel and Ethan Coen‘s “No Country For Old Men was awarded top honors on Monday by the New York Film Critics’ Circle, taking four awards including best picture. The Coens themselves won awards for their directing and writing, while Javier Bardem was honored for supporting actor. Yesterday’s big winner in Los Angeles, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “There Will Be Blood,” was awarded best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis‘s performance, while Robert Elswit won for cinematography.
“Away From Her” also took multiple honors, with Julie Christie increasing her critics’ award lead for best actress and Sarah Polley winning for first time director. Charles Fergusons “No End In Sight” also added another win after yesterday’s in Los Angeles for best documentary, while “Gone Baby Gone“‘s Amy Ryan continued the most impressive streak of all, winning her fourth supporting actress critics prize in less than 24 hours.
Founded in 1935, the Circle’s membership includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers and magazines. Every year in December the organization meets in New York to vote on awards for the previous calendar year’s films. Their awards ceremony will take place at Spotlight Club in New York City on Sunday, January 6th, 2008.
Last year’s winners included “United 93” for best picture, and eventual Oscar winners Martin Scorcese, Forest Whitaker, Helen Mirren and Jennifer Hudson in their respective categories.
COMPLETE LIST OF NYFCC WINNERS:
Best Picture: “No Country for Old Men“
Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen, “No Country for Old Men”
Best Actress: Julie Christie, “Away from Her”
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, “There Will Be Blood”
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan, “Gone Baby Gone”
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, “No Country for Old Men”
Best Foreign Film: “The Lives of Others“
Best Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, “No Country for Old Men”
Best Cinematographer: Robert Elswit, “There Will Be Blood”
Best Documentary, “No End in Sight, directed by Charles Ferguson
Best First Film: Sarah Polley, “Away from Her”
Best Animated Film: “Persepolis,” directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi
Lifetime Achievement Award: Sidney Lumet
Special Critics Award: “Killer of Sheep” by Charles Burnett