Critics Awards: Julie Christie & Daniel Day-Lewis Tops + Metro Manila 'Filipino Identity' Controversy

There Will Be Blood Daniel Day-Lewis: Critics Awards all-American entrepreneurial spiritThere Will Be Blood with Daniel Day-Lewis. Based on Upton Sinclair's 1926 novel Oil!, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood has been enthusiastically received by U.S. critics; yet this awards season it has been almost invariably an also-ran to Joel and Ethan Coen's violent thriller No Country for Old Men. That has changed a bit by way of the National Society of Film Critics Awards, which have mostly gone to Anderson's depiction of the greedy, dishonest, destructive – and highly profitable – all-American entrepreneurial spirit, including Best Actor honors for Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of an unscrupulous oilman in turn-of-the-20th-century Southern California.

'There Will Be Blood' tops National Society of Film Critics Awards + Julie Christie & Daniel Day-Lewis among winners

Paul Thomas Anderson's acclaimed period drama There Will Be Blood was the National Society of Film Critics Awards' big winner, topping the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis as a ruthless oil entrepreneur, and Best Cinematography for Robert Elswitt. Besides, Anderson was the runner-up for Best Screenplay, trailing screenwriter-director Tamara Jenkins for the family comedy-drama The Savages.

In the acting categories, Day-Lewis' fellow winners were Best Actress Julie Christie (Best Actress Oscar winner for Darling, 1965) for her portrayal of a woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease in Sarah Polley's Away from Her; Best Supporting Actress Cate Blanchett for her Bob Dylan characterization in Todd HaynesI'm Not There; and Best Supporting Actor Casey Affleck for bringing to life the second half of the title of Andrew Dominik's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

The Best Foreign Language Film was Cristian Mungiu's Palme d'Or-winning Romanian abortion drama 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, while Charles Ferguson's depiction of the U.S.-made Iraq War disaster No End in Sight was named the Best Non-Fiction Film of 2007.

John Ford classics on DVD + 'snubbed' 'No Country for Old Men'

Below are a couple more winners of this year's National Society of Film Critics Awards.

John Gianvito's Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind, in which American history is shown via cemeteries and historical markers, was selected as Best Experimental Film.

Lastly, the winners of the Heritage Award were:

  • The DVD box set “Ford at Fox,” featuring a whole series of John Ford movies made at Fox/20th Century Fox – from The Iron Horse and Four Sons to When Willie Comes Marching Home and What Price Glory.
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive film preservationist Ross Lipman for the restoration of Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep and other independent films.

Notably, Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men, this awards season's runaway favorite among U.S. film critics, failed to top any category. The violent thriller, however, was a runner-up for Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), and Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins) – but not Best Screenplay.

The winners of the National Society of Film Critics Awards were announced on Jan. 5 at Sardi's Restaurant in New York City.

More critics awards: Kansas City to Dublin + Steven Zaillian special Scripter honor

Below is the full list of National Society of Film Critics winners and runners-up, in addition to the following:

  • The Broadcast Film Critics Association's Critics' Choice Award winners and nominees (partial list).
  • The Online Film Critics Society winners.
  • The Dublin Film Critics Circle winners.
  • The Kansas City Film Critics Circle winners.
  • The winner and nominees of the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries' Scripter Award (for cinematic adaptations).

Further down you'll find information on the 2007–2008 Metro Manila Film Festival's (inevitable) controversies, in addition to a partial list of this year's award winners.

Of note, the Dublin Film Critics' Best Irish Film was not John Carney's international arthouse hit Once but the dramatic comedy Garage. Directed by Leonard Abrahamson from a screenplay by Mark O'Halloran, Garage tells the story of a lonely and somewhat dimwitted small-town gas station caretaker (Pat Shortt) whose life is radically changed after a teenager (Conor Ryan) comes to work with him.

Also of note, to celebrate the Scripter Awards' 20th anniversary, USC will present a Literary Achievement Award to screenwriter Steven Zaillian, the lone winner of three Scripter trophies – for Awakenings (1990), Schindler's List (1993), and Gangs of New York (2002). Last year, Zaillian penned the Ridley Scott-directed crime drama American Gangster, based on Mark Jacobson's New York Magazine article “The Return of Superfly.”

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4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days Anamaria Marinca Laura Vasiliu Vlad Ivanov: Critics Awards4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days with Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, and Vlad Ivanov. Set in late 1980s Romania, not long before the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu's iron-fisted communist rule, Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days traces the difficult path two university students (Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu) must follow so one of them (Vasiliu) can undergo an illegal abortion – since 1966 a mostly illegal procedure in that country. 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days was the National Society of Film Critics Awards' Best Foreign Language film, surprisingly beating their Best Picture runner-up, Julian Schnabel's French-language drama The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

National Society of Film Critics Awards: Winners & runners-up

The numbers in parentheses represent the points earned by each film/individual.

Best Picture
There Will Be Blood (48) - Paul Thomas Anderson.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly / Le Scaphandre et le papillon (28) - Julian Schnabel.
No Country for Old Men (27) - Joel and Ethan Coen.

Best Foreign Language Film
4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days / 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile (57) - Cristian Mungiu.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (42) - Julian Schnabel.
Persepolis (18) - Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud.

Best Non-Fiction Film
No End in Sight (43) - Charles Ferguson.
Sicko (20) - Michael Moore.
Terror's Advocate (18) - Barbet Schroeder.

Best Director
Paul Thomas Anderson (47) - There Will Be Blood.
Joel and Ethan Coen (29) - No Country for Old Men.
Julian Schnabel (29) - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Best Actress
Julie Christie (53) - Away from Her.
Marion Cotillard (50) - La Vie en Rose / La Môme.
Anamaria Marinca (28) - 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days.

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis (66) - There Will Be Blood.
Frank Langella (34) — Starting Out in the Evening.
Philip Seymour Hoffman (21) — The SavagesBefore the Devil Knows You're Dead.

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett (42) - I'm Not There.
Amy Ryan (29) - Gone Baby Gone & Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.
Tilda Swinton (23) - Michael Clayton.

Best Supporting Actor
Casey Affleck (37) - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Javier Bardem (30) - No Country for Old Men.
Philip Seymour Hoffman (29) - Charlie Wilson's War.

Best Screenplay
Tamara Jenkins (28) - The Savages.
Paul Thomas Anderson (19) - There Will Be Blood.
Ronald Harwood (17) - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Best Cinematography
There Will Be Blood (51) - Robert Elswit.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (40) - Janusz Kaminski.
No Country for Old Men (33) - Roger Deakins.

Best Experimental Film: Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind.

Film Heritage Award: “Ford at Fox” DVD box set & Ross Lipman of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

 

Critics' Choice Awards (partial list)

Best Picture: No Country for Old Men.

Best Foreign Language Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Best Actress: Julie Christie - Away from Her.

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood.

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone.

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

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

Best Acting Ensemble: Hairspray.

Best Documentary: Sicko, dir.: Michael Moore.

Best Animated Feature: Ratatouille, dir.: Brad Bird.

Best Writer: Diablo Cody - Juno.

Best Composer: Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood.

Best Song: “Falling Slowly,” Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová - Once.

 

Online Film Critics Awards

Best Picture: No Country for Old Men.

Best Foreign Language Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Best Actress: Julie Christie - Away from Her.

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood.

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone.

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

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

Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody - Juno.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen - No Country for Old Men.

Best Documentary: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, dir.: Seth Gordon.

Best Animated Feature: Ratatouille.

Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins - No Country for Old Men.

Best Editing: Joel and Ethan Coen - No Country for Old Men.

Best Score: Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood.

Breakthrough Filmmaker: Sarah Polley - Away from Her.

Breakthrough Performer: Nikki Blonsky - Hairspray.

 

Dublin Film Critics Awards

Best Irish Film: Garage.

Best International Film: The Lives of Others, dir.: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

Best Actress: Julie Christie, Away from Her.

Best Actor: Ulrich Mühe, The Lives of Others.

Best Director: David FincherZodiac.

Breakthrough Award: Saoirse RonanAtonement.

 

Kansas City Film Critics Awards

Best Film: There Will Be Blood.

Best Foreign Language Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose.

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood.

Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton.

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

Robert Altman Award for Best Director (tie): Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood, & Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Best Documentary: In the Shadow of the Moon, dir.: David Sington.

Best Animated Film: Ratatouille.

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

Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody, Juno.

Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror Film: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

 

Scripter Awards

Atonement, Christopher Hampton (screenwriter), Ian McEwan (author).

Into the Wild, Sean Penn (screenwriter), Jon Krakauer (author).

* No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen (screenwriter), Cormac McCarthy (author).

There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson (screenplay), Upton Sinclair (author).

Zodiac, James Vanderbilt (screenwriter), Robert Graysmith (author).

Resiklo Ramón Bong Revilla Jr: Transformers style actioner tops Metro Manila AwardsResiklo with Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr. Here's one philosophical question for the ages: “Why is the Metro Manila Film Festival always embroiled in controversy?” One possible answer: some things just happen to be what they are. This year, Mark A. Reyes' box office disappointment Resiklo, about recycled giant robots battling evil forces – any similarity to Michael Bay's Transformers may not be a mere coincidence – was Metro Manila's top winner, while Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo, directed by Reyes' uncle Jose Javier Reyes, was the winner in the Biggest To-Do category.

Metro Manila Film Festival: Controversies & Filipino identity

The 2007–2008 Metro Manila Film Festival, which comes to a close on Jan. 5, has – inevitably – had its share of controversy.

Last year, actress Celia Rodriguez accused the festival, which focuses solely on Philippine cinema, of placing commercialism above art. This year, the issues have been the excessive number of sequels and a couple of lines in Jose Javier Reyes' comedy Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo, which have been deemed ethnically insensitive.

Toplining Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Angocillo, Derek Ramsay, Gina Pareño, and Gloria Diaz, this sequel to Reyes' successful Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo has Diaz's character reprimanding the nanny of her four-year-old grandchild, “Why are you bringing up my grandchild as a Bisaya?” The child's mother (Santos) then admonishes the nanny, “You should speak to the child in Tagalog, otherwise it's not Filipino.”

These bits of dialogue – the overall context is unclear – have offended some in The Philippines, a country with a sizable minority of non-Tagalog speakers. Bisaya (a.k.a. Cebuano), for instance, is the native language of about 15 million Filipinos.

Whether in spite of or as a result of the controversy, Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo has been the festival's biggest commercial hit, with P68.3 million (approx. US$1.65 million) up to Dec. 30. Next in line are Tony Y. Reyes' comedy fantasy Enteng Kabisote 4: Okay ka fairy ko… The Beginning of the Legend with P66.6 million (US$1.61 million) and Paul Daza, Topel Lee, Michael Tuviera's omnibus horror comedy Shake, Rattle & Roll 9 with P41.6 million (US$1 million).

The 2007–2008 Metro Manila Film Festival kicked off on Christmas Day 2007.

'Transformers'-like 'Resiklo' tops Metro Manila Film Festival Awards

Jan. 6 update: Below is a partial list of the 2007–2008 Metro Manila Film Festival winners, announced on Jan. 5 at the SMX Exhibition Center of the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. (Box office figures up to Dec. 30.)

Directed by Jose Javier Reyes' nephew Mark A. Reyes and starring actor-politician Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr., the Transformers-like sci-fi actioner Resiklo was surprisingly – considering its weak box office performance (P15.6 million, or US$378,000) – Metro Manila's big winner: a total of seven awards, including Best Film and Best Supporting Actor (Roi Vinzons).

Best Director honors, however, went to newcomer Cesar Apolinario for Banal, the story of two SWAT cops on different sides of the integrity line. Apolinario – with co-writer Mae Cruz – also topped the Best Story category.

Controversial hit comedy totally shut out

Notably, Jose Javier Reyes' Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo – despite its standing as Metro Manila's biggest commercial hit – was totally shut out. Reyes, for his part, took home the Best Screenplay award for another movie, Katas ng Saudi, which he also directed. The comedy-drama – and commercial flop (P2.8 million, or US$68,000) – revolves around the difficulties faced by Filipino workers returning from overseas.

Katas ng Saudi also earned Philippine Senator Jinggoy Estrada, recently acquitted of plunder charges, the Best Actor trophy. Estrada is the son of former president Joseph Estrada, who last September was convicted of stealing millions from the Philippine government.

Lastly, Maricel Soriano was named Best Actress for her portrayal of a woman who develops a close bond with her adopted daughter (Marian Rivera) in Joel Lamangan's Bahay kubo: A pinoy mano po!, another modest box office performer (P12.6 million, or US$305,000) that also earned Eugene Domingo and Von de Guzman awards in the Best Supporting Actress and Best Musical Score categories, respectively.

See also: 2006–2007 Metro Manila Film Festival winners.

 

Metro Manila Film Festival box office information via the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood image: Miramax Films.

Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, and Vlad Ivanov 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days image: BAC Films.

Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr. Resiklo image: Imus Productions.

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