Spousal support was a major theme at the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.’s awards dinner Saturday night at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City

“The Savages” writer-director Tamara Jenkins arrived with husband Jim Taylor (and his writing partner, Alexander Payne) to pick up her screenplay prize, while “There Will Be Blood” production designer Jack Fisk brought along wife Sissy Spacek. And “Ratatouille” helmer Brad Bird was nearly offstage before remembering to turn back and thank his wife. (“Another marriage saved,” quipped emcee Leonard Maltin.)

Upon receiving his career achievement honor, Sidney Lumet said, “This is very lovely — and how nice to get it while I’m still upright.”

Paul Thomas Anderson, who took home the director and picture plaques for “There Will Be Blood,” drew laughs with his closing line: “This is a hell of a lot better than going to the goddamn Golden Globes!”

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