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AWARDS WATCH | “There Will Be Blood” Wins L.A. Critics Prize

AWARDS WATCH | "There Will Be Blood" Wins L.A. Critics Prize

One day before the New York Film Critics Circle weighs in with its picks for the best movies of 2007, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) has announced Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “There Will Be Blood” was their big winner. “Blood” nabbed the awards for best picture, best director, best actor (Daniel Day Lewis), and best production design (Jack Fisk). Only twice in the past thirty years has a film won both top prizes in Los Angeles and not gone on to an Oscar nod for best picture. Just behind “Blood” was Julian Schnabel‘s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” named runner-up for best picture and director. However, it lost the award for best foreign language film to Christian Mungiu‘s “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days,” which was also honored with a best supporting actor award for Vlad Ivanov, while its lead Anamaria Marinca received a runner-up nod for best actress.

Also of note was Charles Ferguson‘s “No End In Sight“‘s win over Michael Moore‘s “Sicko” for best documentary, and Marion Cotillard‘s best actress win for “La Vie En Rose,” her second win of the day (after winning Boston this morning). Boston winner Frank Langella took runner-up after Day-Lewis for his lead performance in “Starting Out In The Evening,” while “Gone Baby Gone“‘s Amy Ryan continues an impressive run now having won best supporting actress in Los Angeles, Washington, Boston and from the National Board of Review.

The awards will be presented on January 12, 2008.

Complete list of winners:

Best Picture: “There Will Be Blood
Runner-up: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, “There Will Be Blood”
Runner-up: Julian Schnabel, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, “La Vie En Rose”
Runner-up: Anamaria Marinca, “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days”

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “There Will Be Blood”
Runner-up: Frank Langella, “Starting Out in the Evening”

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan, “Gone Baby Gone” and “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”
Runner-up: Cate Blanchett, “I’m Not There”

Best Supporting Actor: Vlad Ivanov, “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days”
Runner-up: Hal Holbrook, “Into The Wild”

Best Foreign Language Film: “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
Runner-up: “The Diving Bell & The Butterfly”

Best Documentary: “No End in Sight,” directed by Charles Ferguson
Runner-up: “Sicko,” Michael Moore

Best Screenplay: Tamara Jenkins, “The Savages”
Runner-up: “There Will Be Blood,” Paul Thomas Anderson

Production Design: Jack Fisk, “There Will Be Blood”
Runner-up: Dante Ferretti, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Animated Film (tie): “Ratatouille,” directed by Brad Bird and “Persepolis,” directed by Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi

Music: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, “Once”
Runner-up: Johnny Greenwood, “There Will Be Blood”

Janusz Kaminski, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
Runner-up: Robert Elswit, “There Will Be Blood”

New Generation
Sarah Polley, “Away from Her”

Career Achievement: Sidney Lumet

Independent/Experimental: “Colossal Youth” (Juvenude em Marcha), directed by Pedro Costa

Special Citations:

To “New Crowned Hope,” (honoring artistic director Peter Sellars and producers Simon Field and Keith Griffiths. “An extraordinary project in honor of Mozart’s 250th birthday, commissioning adventurous work in multiple art forms including cinema.” New Crowned Hope’s films included works marking major achievements in current world film, including “Syndromes and a Century,” “I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone,” “Paraguayan Hammock,” “Daratt,” “Half Moon,” “Opera Jawa” and “Meokgo and the

Legacy of Cinema Awards (two): To Dennis Doros and Amy Heller of Milestone Film & Video for their tireless efforts on behalf of film restoration and preservation, which in 2007 brought about the debut releases on DVD of such noteworthy films as “Killer of Sheep and “My Brother’s Wedding,” as well as the re-release of “I Am Cuba.”

To the Outfest Legacy Project, which is spearheading the rescue and restoration of lost gay and lesbian cinema, and which hosted its first presentation of a Legacy Project restoration this summer with a new print of the seminal 1986 comedy/drama “Parting Glances.”

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