London critics love ‘No Country’

Day-Lewis, Cotillard win best actor, actress

The London Film Critics’ Circle has named “No Country for Old Men” as its film of the year.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Marion Cotillard picked up the actor and actress prizes for “There Will Be Blood” and “La Vie en Rose” respectively, while Paul Thomas Anderson was honored as director for “Blood.”

In the categories reserved for British films and performances, “Control” was named the Attenborough Film of the Year, and Paul Greengrass won the Brit director award for “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

“Control” helmer Anton Corbijn took the breakthrough award for filmmaking, while the film’s star Sam Riley won the breakthrough prize for acting.

BAFTA front-runner “Atonement” had to make do with prizes for James McAvoy as British actor of the year and Vanessa Redgrave as supporting actress, which she shared with Kelly Macdonald for “No Country for Old Men.”

Julie Christie was named British actress of the year for “Away From Her.” Tom Wilkinson won the supporting actor prize for “Michael Clayton.”

Germany’s Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck took the screenwriting award for “The Lives of Others,” which also won the prize for foreign-language film.

Julie Walters was honored with the Dilys Powell award for contribution to cinema.

The awards were handed out at a ceremony in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday night, held in aid of children’s charity the NSPCC.

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