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Dallas critics pick Coens’ ‘Country’

'Old Men' wins trio of honors from Texas org

“No Country for Old Men” continues to win critics’ hearts as the Coen brothers’ film won top honors from the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Assn.

In addition to being recognized as the best film of 2007, the thriller also earned praise for Javier Bardem as supporting actor, with the Coens named best director.

The top acting prizes went to Julie Christie for “Away From Her” and to Daniel Day-Lewis for “There Will Be Blood.” Tilda Swinton won in the supporting actress category for “Michael Clayton.”

“The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” won best documentary and “Ratatouille” was named as the top animated feature.

“Once” won the Russell Smith Award, which honors the best low-budget or cutting-edge independent film. The award is named after the late Dallas Morning News film critic.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Assn. consists of 32 journalists in north Texas.

And the winners are:

TOP TEN

  1. “No Country for Old Men”
  2. “Juno”
  3. “There Will Be Blood”
  4. “Atonement”
  5. “Michael Clayton”
  6. “Into the Wild”
  7. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
  8. “The Kite Runner”
  9. “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
  10. “Charlie Wilson’s War”

ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis, “There Will Be Blood”
Runners-up:
George Clooney, “Michael Clayton”
Frank Langella, “Starting Out in the Evening”
Tommy Lee Jones, “In the Valley of Elah”
Emile Hirsch, “Into the Wild”

ACTRESS
Julie Christie, “Away from Her”
Runners-up:
Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en Rose”
Ellen Page, “Juno”
Laura Linney, “The Savages”
Angelina Jolie, “A Mighty Heart”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Javier Bardem, “No Country for Old Men””
Runners-up:
Philip SeymouR Hoffman For “Charlie Wilson’s War”
Casey Affleck, “The Assassintion of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
Tom Wilkinson, “Michael Clayton”
Hal Holbrook, “Into the Wild”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Tilda Swinton, “Michael Clayton”
Runners-up:
Amy Ryan, “Gone Baby Gone”
Cate Blanchett, “I’M Not There”
Saoirse Ronan, “Atonement”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Margot at the Wedding”

DIRECTOR
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, “No Country for Old Men”
Runners-up:
Paul Thomas Anderson, “There Will be Blood”
Tim Burton, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
Julian Schnabel, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
Sean Penn, “Into the Wild”

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
Runners-up
“La Vie En Rose”
“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”
“Lust, Caution”
“Black Book”

DOCUMENTARY
“The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”
Runners-up:
“Sicko”
“No End In Sight”
“My Kid Could Paint That”
“Crazy Love”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roger Deakins, “The Assassination Of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
Runners-up:
Janusz Kaminski, “The Diving Bell And The Butterfly”
Roger Deakins, “No Country For Old Men”

RUSSELL SMITH AWARD
“Once”

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