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L.A. critics call for ‘Blood’

Film wins best picture, director, actor prizes

The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. proved a bloodthirsty lot on Sunday, giving Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood” four awards, including picture and director.

Daniel Day-Lewis won the actor prize (his third from the group, having previously been honored for “Gangs of New York” and “My Left Foot”) for playing an early 20th century California oil man in the intense drama, which was also cited for Jack Fisk’s production design. Produced by Anderson, JoAnne Sellar and Daniel Lupi, the 158-minute Paramount Vantage release, which Miramax is handling overseas, doesn’t open until Dec. 26.

Romanian import and Cannes Palme d’Or winner “4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days” also proved popular with the L.A. critics, winning foreign-language film and, in a surprise victory for the IFC release, supporting actor for Vlad Ivanov’s performance as an illegal abortionist.

Marion Cotillard took the actress laurels for her turn as French chanteuse Edith Piaf in Picturehouse’s biopic “La Vie en rose,” while Amy Ryan was named supporting actress for her work in two crime dramas: Miramax’s “Gone Baby Gone” and ThinkFilm’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.”Tamara Jenkins received the group’s screenplay award for her tart comedy-drama “The Savages,” from Fox Searchlight, while Charles Ferguson’s “No End in Sight,” a sharp critique of the Bush administration’s handling of the aftermath of the Iraq War campaign, was named top documentary. Magnolia is releasing the film, which preemed at the Sundance Film Festival last January.

In the tightest race of the afternoon, Brad Bird’s “Ratatouille,” from Disney/Pixar, tied with Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s French-language toon “Persepolis,” distribbed by Sony Pictures Classics, for the animation prize.

Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” based on the memoir of paralyzed Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, was recognized for Janusz Kaminski’s cinematography. The Miramax release was also named runner-up in picture, directing and foreign-language film. Although only the winner and runner-up are identified in each category, it was notable that, after “There Will Be Blood,” the subsequent four vote-getters for picture all premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Sarah Polley received the group’s New Generation award for her directing debut “Away From Her,” while Portuguese helmer Pedro Costa’s “Colossal Youth” received the Douglas E. Edwards award for independent/experimental film.

Fox Searchlight’s “Once” received the music award for its songs by thesps Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova; the runner-up in the category was Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood for his “There Will Be Blood” score.

Other runners-up included Frank Langella (“Starting Out in the Evening”), actor; Anamaria Marinca (“4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days”), actress; Hal Holbrook (“Into the Wild”), supporting actor; Cate Blanchett (“I’m Not There”), supporting actress; Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood,” screenplay; Robert Elswit (“There Will Be Blood”), cinematography; and Michael Moore’s “Sicko,” documentary.

The group also awarded a special citation to artistic director Peter Sellars and producers Simon Field and Keith Griffiths for their New Crowned Hope project honoring Mozart’s 250th birthday, which included such films as “Syndromes and a Century” and “I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone.”

Org also created a new prize, the Legacy of Cinema Award, recognizing Milestone Film & Video and the Outfest Legacy Project for their restoration efforts.

As previously announced, director Sidney Lumet will receive LAFCA’s career achievement award. This year’s kudos will be dedicated to the memory of Robert Altman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Ousmane Sembene and Edward Yang.

Awards will be presented at a dinner Jan. 12 at the Hotel Intercontinental in Century City.

Complete list of winners:

PICTURE: “There Will Be Blood”
RUNNER-UP: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

DIRECTOR: Paul Thomas Anderson, “There Will Be Blood”
RUNNER-UP: Julian Schnabel, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis, “There Will Be Blood”
RUNNER-UP: Frank Langella, “Starting Out in the Evening”

ACTRESS: Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en rose”
RUNNER-UP: Anamaria Marinca, “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Vlad Ivanov, “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”
RUNNER-UP: Hal Holbrook, “Into the Wild”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:Amy Ryan, “Gone Baby Gone” and “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”
RUNNER-UP: Cate Blanchett, “I’m Not There”

SCREENPLAY: Tamara Jenkins, “The Savages”
RUNNER-UP: Paul Thomas Anderson, “There Will Be Blood”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”
RUNNER-UP: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

DOCUMENTARY: “No End in Sight”
RUNNER-UP: “Sicko”

ANIMATION: “Ratatouille” and “Persepolis” (tie)

MUSIC: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, “Once”
RUNNER-UP: Jonny Greenwood, “There Will Be Blood”

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jack Fisk, “There Will Be Blood”
RUNNER-UP: Dante Ferretti, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Janusz Kaminski, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
RUNNER-UP: Robert Elswit, “There Will Be Blood”

NEW GENERATION: Sarah Polley, “Away From Her”

INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL: Pedro Costa’s “Colossal Youth”

SPECIAL CITATION: New Crowned Hope series commissioned by director Peter Sellars to honor the anniversary of Mozart’s 250th birthday

LEGACY AWARDS: Milestone Film and Video and the Outfest Legacy Project