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Chicago critics love ‘Country’

Coen brothers film wins four top prizes

“No Country for Old Men” was tops in Chicago as the Coen Brothers’ thriller swept the 20th annual Chicago Film Critics Association awards.

The drama won prizes for best picture, director, supporting actor Javier Bardem and adapted screenplay.

Top acting trophies went to Daniel Day-Lewis for “There Will Be Blood” and to Ellen Page for “Juno.”

“Juno” also won best original screenplay, with the film’s co-star Michael Cera singled out as most promising performer.

Ben Affleck earned the promising director prize for “Gone Baby Gone.”

The Chicago Film Critics Association announced its nominees Dec. 1. The awards ceremony will be held Jan. 7, 2008.

Winner s of the the 20th annual Chicago Film Critics Awards:

PICTURE
“No Country for Old Men”

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”

DOCUMENTARY
“Sicko”

DIRECTOR
Joel & Ethan Coen – “No Country for Old Men”

ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis – “There Will Be Blood”

ACTRESS
Ellen Page – “Juno”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Javier Bardem – “No Country for Old Men”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett – “I’m Not There”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Diablo Cody – “Juno”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Joel & Ethan Coen – “No Country for Old Men”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” – Roger Deakins

ORIGINAL SCORE
“Once” – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“Ratatouille”

PROMISING PERFORMER
Michael Cera – “Juno /Superbad”

PROMISING DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck – “Gone Baby Gone”

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