NYFCO (New York Film Critics Online) Loves Blood !


The New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO), of which ComingSoon.net’s Edward Douglas is a member, gathered at O’Neals’ Restaurant in New York City for their annual awards meeting where Paul Thomas Anderson’s fifth film There Will Be Blood won five of the group’s awards including Best Picture (tied with Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Director, Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance and two technical awards for Cinematography (Robert Elswit) and Film Music (Jonny Greenwood).

The French animated film Persepolis was honored with awards in both the Foreign Language (tied with The Lives of Others) and in the Animated categories, while Sarah Polley’s Away From Her received an award for actress Julie Christie, as well as for Polley’s debut feature as a director.

Cate Blanchett and Javier Bardem took the Supporting Actress and Actor categories for Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There and Joel and Ethan Coen’s No Country for Old Men, respectively, while Juno star Ellen Page was noted as the group’s Breakthrough Performer. Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead received an honor in the controversial Ensemble Cast category, while Michael Moore’s Sicko was considered the year’s top Documentary.

The full list of awards is as follows:

Picture – There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage) / There Will be Blood (Miramax)
Actor – Daniel Day Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
Actress – Julie Christie (Away from Her)
Director – PT Anderson (There Will Be Blood)
Supporting Actor – Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men)
Supporting Actress – Cate Blanchett (I’m Not There)
Breakthrough Performer – Ellen Page (Juno)
Debut Director – Sarah Polley (Away From Her)
Ensemble Cast – Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Screenplay – The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola)
Documentary – Sicko (The Weinstein Company)
Foreign Language – The Lives of Others (Sony Classics) /Persepolis (Sony Classics)
Animated – Persepolis (Sony Classics)
Cinematography – There Will Be Blood (Robert Elswit)
Film Music – There Will Be Blood (Jonny Greenwood)

NYFCO’s Top 11 Pictures

1Atonement (Focus Features)
2Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (THINKFilm)
3The Darjeeling Limited (Fox Searchlight)
4The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Miramax)
5I’m Not There (The Weinstein Company)
6Juno (Fox Searchlight)
7Michael Clayton (Warner Bros.)
8No Country for Old Men (Miramax)
9Persepolis (Sony Pictures Classics)
10Sweeney Todd (DreamWorks)
11There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage)