"There Will Be Blood" dominated the National Society of Film Critics forty-second annual awards on Saturday in New York City, voted best picture while filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson was named best director by the group. The association of 61 leading American film critics also honored Daniel Day-Lewis as best actor and singled out Robert Elswit as the best cinematographer of the year. The news followed the film also being selected the best movie winning the same awards it two other national surveys of U.S. film critics.
Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" was named the best foreign-language film of 2007, topping Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," which was also the runner-up for best picture of the year. The group voted Charles Ferguson's "No End In Sight" the best non fiction film of the year, ahead of Michael Moore's "Sicko." Tamara Jenkins topped P.T. Anderson, voted the best screenplay of the year prize for "The Savages."
The group named Julie Christie the best actress of the year for her role in "Away From Her," while Cate Blanchett was singled out as best supporting actress for "I'm Not There." Casey Affleck was honored as best supporting actor for "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."
Anderson's "There Will Be Blood," which opened in theaters last week, has been the top choice in national surveys of U.S. critics; a pair of recent critics' polls named "Blood" the best movie of the year. In the annual indieWIRE Critics Poll, which surveyed 107 critics, "Blood" was singled out as best picture and last week's Village Voice/LA Weekly poll also named Anderson's film the best of the year.
The announcement from the NSFC kicked off a week in which local critics in New York and then Los Angeles will present their annual awards at ceremonies in both cities. While the National Society of Film Critics does not host an event, the New York Film Critics Circle, which will present its prizes tomorrow (January 6th) in Manhattan. They voted "No Country For Old Men" the best movie of the year (see related iW story), while on the West Coast, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association named "There Will Be Blood" the best of '07 (see related iW story). They will present their prizes on Saturday (January 12th).
The National Society of Film Critics includes critics from major papers in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Its members also include the critics of Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader, The Boston Phoenix, and Salon.com, among others. Membership is by election.
The group singled out John Gianvito's "Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind" as the best experimental film and named two film heritage awards recipients: to "Ford at Fox," a 21-disc box set from Fox Home Video and to Ross Lipman of the UCLA Film and Television Archive for the restoration of Charles Burnett’s "Killer of Sheep" and other independent films.
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS AWARDS VOTING FOR 2007 FILMS
*1. There Will Be Blood (48) - Paul Thomas Anderson [Paramount Vantage]
2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (28) - Julian Schnabel
3. No Country for Old Men (27) - Joel and Ethan Coen
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
*1. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (57) - Cristian Mungiu [IFC]
2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (42) - Julian Schnabel
3. Persepolis (18) - Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
*1, Paul Thomas Anderson (47) - There Will Be Blood [Paramount Vintage]
2. Joel and Ethan Coen (29) - No Country for Old Men
2. Julian Schnabel (29) - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
BEST NONFICTION FILM
*1. No End in Sight (43) - Charles Ferguson [Magnolia]
2. Sicko (20) - Michael Moore
3. Terror's Advocate (18) - Barbet Schroeder
*1.Daniel Day-Lewis (66) - There Will Be Blood [Paramount Vantage]
2. Frank Langella (34) -- Starting Out in the Evening
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman (21) -- The Savages, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
*1. Casey Affleck (37) - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [Warner Bros.]
2. Javier Bardem (30) - No Country for Old Men
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman (29) - Charlie Wilson's War
*1. Julie Christie (53) - Away from Her [Lionsgate]
2. Marion Cotillard (50) - La Vie en Rose
3. Anamaria Marinca (28) - 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
*1. Cate Blanchett (42) - I'm Not There [The Weinstein Company]
2. Amy Ryan (29) - Gone Baby Gone and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
3. Tilda Swinton (23) - Michael Clayton
*1. Tamara Jenkins (28) - The Savages [Fox Searchlight]
2. Paul Thomas Anderson (19) - There Will Be Blood
3. Ronald Harwood (17) - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
*1. There Will Be Blood (51) - Robert Elswit
2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (40) - Janusz Kaminski
3. No Country for Old Men (33) - Roger Deakins
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM to "Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind" by John Gianvito
FILM HERITAGE AWARD "to Ford at Fox, a 21-disc box set from Fox Home Video."
FILM HERITAGE AWARD "to Ross Lipman of the UCLA Film and Television Archive for the restoration of Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep and other independent films."