Oscar 2007: London Film Critics Honor No Country, Anderson and Day-Lewis

February 9, 2008–Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, both in Berlin for the Competition screening of “There Will Be Blood,” scooped best director and best actor at the London Critics Circle Awards on Friday.

The pair also are in the run for a British Academy Film Award Sunday evening in London before all eyes turn to the Oscars later this month.

But it was the Coen brothers' “No Country for Old Men” that emerged victorious in the race for the 28th London Critics' Circle's best film award. Kelly Macdonald won best British actress in a supporting for playing a young Texas wife in “No Country.”

Pundits put “No Country” as the film to beat in the race for Sunday's BAFTA presented film awards.

Marion Cotillard picked up the best actress plaudit at the Circle awards for “La Vie en Rose.”

Anton Corbijn's “Control” received the British Film of the Year prize, and Paul Greengrass the best British director for “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

Germany's Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck won the screenwriting prize for “Lives of Others,” which also won best foreign-language film.