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Julie Christie Returns: National Board of Review & New York Film Critics Winners

Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men by Joel and Ethan Cohen
'No Country for Old Men.'

The best thing about the 2007 National Board of Review (NBR) winners is the presence of veteran Julie Christie (right, with Gordon Pinsent) as best actress for her superb portrayal of a woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease in Sarah Polley's Away from Her.

Christie, one of the best film actresses of the last half century – in fact, one of the best film actresses ever – has received widespread acclaim for her performance, though this is her first Away from Her win so far. (Earlier this year, Christie was nominated for the Vancouver Film Critics' best actress in a Canadian film award but lost out to Carrie-Anne Moss in Fido.)

The National Board of Review's choice for best actor was not Christie's excellent leading man in Away from Her, Gordon Pinsent, but George Clooney, who plays an attorney suffering a crisis of conscience in Michael Clayton.

Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent in Away from HerThe NBR's best film was critics' darling No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen's violent tale about drugs, money (fast-depreciating dollars, unfortunately), and loads of dead bodies. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem (top photo), Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, and Kelly Macdonald, all of whom (presumably) shared the best ensemble award.

The Two Coens were given the best adapted screenplay award, but the best director was Tim Burton for his adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's dark musical Sweeney Todd, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

Mathieu Amalric, Marina Hands in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The best foreign (or rather, foreign-language) film was Julian Schnabel's French-made The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which stars Mathieu Amalric (above, with Marina Hands) as a man who writes a book – by blinking one eye – after suffering a paralyzing stroke. I found Schnabel's film both too artsy and too superficial, but – as usual – I seem to be in the minority. Earlier this year, Schnabel was given the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival, and his film recently won the audience award at the 2007 AFI FEST in Los Angeles. (In my view, the best thing about The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is Marie-Josée Croze's performance. To the best of my knowledge, she hasn't won any awards for it as of yet.)

Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro's Body of War – about an American Iraqi War veteran who, after becoming a paraplegic, fights to end that bloody folly – was voted best documentary, while Ratatouille was the best animated feature. The former production has been shortlisted as one of the fifteen documentaries vying for an Academy Award nomination, while the latter has received the most nominations for this year's Annie Awards.

Casey Affleck and two-time Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan took best supporting honors for, respectively, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Gone Baby Gone. Ben Affleck was voted best new director for the latter film, in which Casey also stars.

Other winners include: a best original screenplay tie – Diablo Cody for the teen pregnancy comedy Juno and Nancy Oliver for the sugary Lars and the Real Girl; best breakthrough performers Emile Hirsch for Into the Wild and Ellen Page for Juno; plus special awards for TCM presenter and Oscar historian Robert Osborne; cinematographer Roger Deakins; and actor Michael Douglas (right). (Perhaps Joan Fontaine, Jennifer Jones, and Max von Sydow were unavailable.)

The National Board of Review Awards ceremony will be held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on Jan. 15, 2008. Jesse L. Martin will host the event.

2007 National Board of Review Awards

2007 National Board of Review Award winners: Dec. 5, 2007

Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men
Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men

Best Film: No Country for Old Men by Joel and Ethan Coen

Runners-up (Top Ten Films in alphabetical order):

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Atonement
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Bucket List
Into the Wild
Juno
The Kite Runner
Lars and the Real Girl
Michael Clayton
Sweeney Todd

Mathieu Amalric, Marie-Josee Croze in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Foreign Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Julian Schnabel

Runners-up (Top Five Foreign Films in alphabetical order):

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
The Band's Visit
The Counterfeiters
La Vie en Rose
Lust, Caution

Top Independent Films in alphabetical order:
Away from Her
Great World of Sound
Honeydripper
In the Valley of Elah
A Mighty Heart
The Namesake
Once
The Savages
Starting Out in the Evening
Waitress

Body of War by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro

Best Documentary: Body of War by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro

Runners-up (Top Five Documentary Films in alphabetical order):

Darfur Now
In the Shadow of the Moon
Nanking
Taxi to the Dark Side
Toots

Ratatouille

Best Animated Feature: Ratatouille

Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter in Sweeney Todd

Best Dir.: TIM BURTON, Sweeney Todd

George Clooney in Michael Clayton

Best Actor: GEORGE CLOONEY, Michael Clayton

Best Actress: JULIE CHRISTIE, Away from Her

Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Best Supporting Actor: CASEY AFFLECK, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone

Best Supporting Actress: AMY RYAN, Gone Baby Gone

Best Ensemble Cast: No Country for Old Men

Best Original Screenplay (tie): DIABLO CODY, Juno, and NANCY OLIVER, Lars and the Real Girl

Best Adapted Screenplay JOEL COEN and ETHAN COEN, No Country for Old Men

Emile Hirsch in Into the Wild by Sean Penn

Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: EMILE HIRSCH, Into the Wild

Ellen Page, Michael Cera in Juno by Jason Reitman

Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: ELLEN PAGE, Juno

Best Directorial Debut: BEN AFFLECK, Gone Baby Gone

Career Achievement: MICHAEL DOUGLAS

William K. Everson Film History Award: ROBERT OSBORNE

Career Achievement in Cinematography: ROGER DEAKINS

The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression: The Great Debaters by Denzel Washington and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

New York Film Critics Awards

The 2007 New York Film Critics Circle Award (NYFCC) winners were announced on December 10, 2007.

The 2007 NYFCC awards ceremony will be held at the Spotlight in New York City on January 6, 2008.

Best Picture: No Country for Old Men by Joel and Ethan Coen

Best Foreign Film: The Lives of Others by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Best Documentary: No End in Sight by Charles Ferguson

Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Best Actress: Julie Christie, Away from Her

Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone

Best Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

Best Animated Film: Persepolis by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi

Best First Film: Sarah Polley, Away from Her

Best Cinematographer: Robert ElswitThere Will Be Blood

Lifetime Achievement: Sidney Lumet

Special Critics' Award: Charles Burnett, Killer of Sheep

New York Film Critics Online Awards

The 2007 New York Film Critics Online Award winners were announced on December 9, 2007. 

BEST PICTURE (tie)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 
There Will Be Blood

Runners-up (alphabetical)
Atonement (Focus Features)
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (THINKFilm)
The Darjeeling Limited (Fox Searchlight)
I'm Not There (The Weinstein Company)
Juno (Fox Searchlight)
Michael Clayton (Warner Bros.)
No Country for Old Men (Miramax)
Persepolis (Sony Pictures Classics)
Sweeney Todd (DreamWorks)

BEST FOREIGN PICTURE (tie)
The Lives of Others by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Sicko by Michael Moore

BEST DIRECTOR
Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be Blood

BEST ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood

BEST ACTRESS
Julie Christie – Away From Her

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett – I'm Not There

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

BEST SCREENPLAY
The Darjeeling Limited – Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
There Will Be Blood – Robert Elswit

BEST MUSIC / SCORE
There Will Be Blood – Jonny Greenwood

BEST BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE
Ellen Page – Juno

BEST DEBUT AS DIRECTOR
Sarah Polley – Away From Her

Washington Film Critics winners

The 6th Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association winners were announced on December 9, 2007. 

Best Film: No Country for Old Men, Miramax & Paramount Vantage

Best Foreign Language Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Julian Schnabel, Miramax

Best Documentary: Sicko by Michael Moore, The Weinstein Company

Best Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

Best Actor: George Clooney, Michael Clayton

Best Actress: Julie Christie, Away from Her

Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone

Best Ensemble: No Country for Old Men/Miramax & Paramount Vantage

Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, Charlie Wilsons War

Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody, Juno

Best Animated Feature: Ratatouille by Brad Bird, Disney & Pixar

Best Breakthrough Performance: Ellen Page, Juno

Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Paramount

Boston Society of Film Critics winners

The 28th Boston Society of Film Critics Award winners were announced on December 3, 2007.

The Boston Society of Film Critics first-ever awards ceremony will take place at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge on January 13, 2008.

Best Picture: No Country for Old Men by Joel and Ethan Coen

Best Foreign-Language Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Julian Schnabel (France)

Best Documentary: Crazy Love by Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens

Best Director: Julian Schnabel for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Actor: Frank Langella for Starting Out in the Evening

Best Actress: Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose

Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan for Gone Baby Gone

Best Screenplay: Brad Bird for Ratatouille

Best Cinematography: Janusz Kaminski for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best New Filmmaker: Ben Affleck for Gone Baby Gone

Best Ensemble Cast: Before the Devil Knows Youre Dead

The Best Film Series of 2007
Films of Charles Burnett 
Independents Week: New American Independent Cinema 2007 
Michael Haneke: A Cinema of Provocation 
The New Romanian Cinema 
Signore & Signore: Leading Ladies of Italian Cinema 1941 - 1977 
Welcome to the Grindhouse

Best Rediscoveries of 2007
Girl with a Suitcase (Claudia Cardinale)
Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett)
The Pumpkin Eater (Harold Pinter)
White Mane (Albert Lamorisse)
Entre la mer et leau douce (Michel Brault)

Special Commendations
Nick Paleologos, Massachusetts Film Office
Kaj Wilson, outgoing curator for the Boston Jewish Film Festival
Tom Doherty, Brandeis professor and author of Hollywoods Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code 
Rhonda Moskowitz, organizer of Connect the Docs filmmaker salons at Coolidge
Steve Samuels, Boston businessman/rainmaker who financed/co-produced Michael ClaytonIn the Valley of ElahRunning with Scissors

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3 Comments to Julie Christie Returns: National Board of Review & New York Film Critics Winners

  1. Lamiae Lakhal

    Into the wild is amazing ! It s my fav .
    Good job Emile Hirsh <3

  2. Pauline

    Hey, i'm french and i just want to say Into The wild is the best movie i've seen in my life. I love the cinema and Into The Wild is amazing.It's my favorite movie. Emile Hirsch play like nobody. To my mind, a good movie is a movie with a good screenplay and this screenplay is fantastic. Thank You Emile Hirsch and thank you Sean Penn for this movie. Most of all Thank you.

  3. Chris

    Allow me to just say, Into The Wild is one of the best and most underrated movies I've seen in a very very long time. Bravo Emile Hirsch!