Houston Critics Select No Country for Old Men

The HFCS was so impressed with the film that they named “No Country’s” co-directors, Joel and Ethan Coen, as Honorary Texans. “It was a great year for films set in the Lone Star State,” said HFCS president Nick Nicholson. “We were so impressed with ‘No Country’ that we wanted to let the Coen brothers know they are welcome to shoot in our state any time they want, as long as they don’t let their pit bulls anywhere near us.”

The HFCS members were also impressed with Philip Seymour Hoffman, honoring him with a special award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema for his three memorable performances this year from Charlie Wilson’s War, The Savages and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

The HFCS complete list of 2007 winners are:

Best Picture – No Country for Old Men

Best Director of a Motion Picture – Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role – Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Julie Christie, Away From Her

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone

Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast – Hairspray

Best Screenplay – Diablo Cody, Juno

Best Animated Film – Ratatouille

Best Cinematography – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Best Documentary – The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Best Foreign Language Film – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Original Score – Dario Marianelli, Atonement

Best Original Song – “Falling Slowly” from Once

Honorary Texan Award – Joel and Ethan Coen

Outstanding Achievement in Cinema – Philip Seymour Hoffman

Outstanding Achievement in Cinema – The Greenway Three Theatre for over thirty years of service to Houston’s art-house film community.

The Houston Film Critics Society top ten films for 2007:

1. No Country for Old Men

2. Juno

3. Atonement

4. Michael Clayton

5. Into the Wild

6. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

7. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

8. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

9. Charlie Wilson’s War

10. I’m Not There