Oscar 2007: National Society of Film Critics Chooses There Will Be Blood

January 5, 2008–The National Society of Film Critics, meeting today (Saturday), chose There Will Be Blood as Best Picture of 2007.

NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS AWARDS

BEST PICTURE

*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

BEST DIRECTOR

*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. Terrors Advocate (18) Barbet Schroeder

BEST ACTOR

*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
Youre 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 Wilsons War

BEST ACTRESS

*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) Im Not There [The Weinstein Company]
2. Amy Ryan (29) Gone Baby Gone and Before the Devil Knows Youre Dead
3. Tilda Swinton (23) Michael Clayton

BEST SCREENPLAY

*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

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

*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

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

Ross Lipman of the UCLA Film and Television
Archive for the restoration of Charles Burnetts Killer of Sheep and other independent films.

The Society, which is made up of 61 of the countrys leading movie critics, held its 42nd annual awards voting meeting at Sardis Restaurant in New York. Forty-one members voted, using a weighted ballot system. Scrolls will be sent to the winners. The results of the meeting were dedicated to the memory of film critic and author Hollis Alpert, one of the co-founders of the Society in 1966.

David Sterritt was reelected chairman for 2008. The Executive Director is Elisabeth Weis, who may be reached at LizFilm@nyc.RR.com if you
require further information.