Oscar 2007: Broadcast Critics Honor No Country for Old Men

January 7, 2008–The Broadcast Film Critics Association gave “No Country for Old Men” its best picture prize at the 13th annual Critics' Choice Awards Monday night. “No Country” also earned best director kudos for Joel and Ethan Coen and best supporting actor for Javier Bardem.

Daniel Day-Lewis took the trophy for best actor for his perf in “There Will Be Blood,” while Julie Christie won best actress for her performance in “Away from Her.” Amy Ryan from “Gone Baby Gone” was the critics' pick for best supporting actress.

Stars including George Clooney, Katie Holmes and Don Cheadle were able to attend the event because the production companies behind it and VH1, which broadcasted the show live, are not WGA signatories. Still, the strike hung heavily in the air, as several presenters made pleas for the work-stoppage to end.

“When a strike happens it's not just writers or actors, it's restaurants and hotels and agencies that are affected,” said George Clooney as he presented Don Cheadle with the first ever Joel Siegel Award for his humanitarian work. “All the players involved should lock themselves in a room and not come out until they finish.”

“Hairspray” and “Juno” each snagged two Critics' Choice nods, with “Hairspray” scoring for best ensemble and best young actress for Nikki Blonsky. “Juno” won best comedy and best writer for scribe Diablo Cody.

“There Will Be Blood” also won two awards, with Johnny Greenwood winning for best composer along with Daniel Day-Lewis' best actor nod.

The gala, hosted by D.L. Hughley, took place at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.