'No Country for Old Men' Awards: Joel and Ethan Coen Thriller Critics' Best Film + More Winners

No Country for Old Men Josh Brolin: US critics awards season Best Film favoriteNo Country for Old Men with Josh Brolin. Joel and Ethan Coen's somber, brutal thriller is easily this awards season's top Best Film choice. Besides Josh Brolin, the cast includes Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Woody Harrelson, and Kelly Macdonald.

'No Country for Old Men' awards: U.S. critics' favorite 2007 release

Joel and Ethan Coen's violent thriller No Country for Old Men is the clear Best Film favorite this awards season.

The 2007 release has topped most U.S.-based critics groups' awards, including the New York Film Critics Circle – and, listed below, the Detroit Film Critics Society, the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association, the Utah Film Critics Association, the Florida Film Critics Circle, the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the Houston Film Critics Society, and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Joel and Ethan Coen were also named Best Director by seven of the eight critics groups listed in this post. The one exception was the Houston Film Critics, which selected Tim Burton for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a dark, period musical starring Johnny Depp (in the title role) and Helena Bonham Carter.

And finally, Joel and Ethan Coen's screenplay was the Utah Film Critics' and the Central Ohio Film Critics' (Adapted) pick. Elsewhere, Jason Reitman's Juno, written by Diablo Cody, was the favorite. Juno also topped the Central Ohio Film Critics' Best Original Screenplay category.

The No Country for Old Men cast includes the following:

Tommy Lee Jones. Josh Brolin. Javier Bardem. Woody Harrelson. Kelly Macdonald. Tess Harper. Garret Dillahunt.

More critics' favorites

Among the other critics' favorites this 2007/2008 awards season are:

  • Best Foreign Language Film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, a French drama directed by Julian Schnabel and starring Mathieu Amalric as a man who writes a book after suffering a paralyzing stroke.
  • Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis for Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood.
  • Best Actress Ellen Page for Juno. (Instead of early favorites Julie Christie and Marion Cotillard for the smaller, non-U.S.-made dramas Away from Her and La Vie en Rose.)
  • Best Supporting Actor Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men. Bardem is the odds-on favorite for the Academy Awards.
  • Best Supporting Actress Amy Ryan for Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone.

See below the full list of winners of the critics groups mentioned at the beginning of this post.

And further below, you'll find the results of an indieWIRE's poll re: the ten best undistributed films in the United States.

See also: The Los Angeles Film Critics go their own way.

Ellen Page Juno: Pregnant teenager is US critics Best Actress favorite?Ellen Page in Juno. Julie Christie (Away from Her) and Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) were early favorites in New York and Los Angeles, but a number of critics groups elsewhere in the U.S. have been selecting Ellen Page as the year's Best Actress for her performance as a pregnant teenager who sets out to find a “good” family for child-in-the-making in Jason Reitman's sleeper hit comedy Juno. Also in the cast: Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Michael Cera, Allison Janney, and J.K. Simmons.

Detroit Film Critics winners

Best Film
* No Country for Old Men.
Juno.
Into the Wild.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
There Will Be Blood.

Best Director
* Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men.
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood.
Sean Penn, Into the Wild.
Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd.
Jason Reitman, Juno.

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood.
* George Clooney, Michael Clayton.
Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild.
Tommy Lee Jones, No Country for Old Men.
Mathieu Amalric, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Best Actress
* Ellen Page, Juno.
Julie Christie, Away from Her.
Laura Linney, The Savages.
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose.
Amy Adams, Enchanted.

Best Supporting Actor
* Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men.
Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton.
Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild.
Paul Dano, There Will Be Blood.
Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Best Supporting Actress
* Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton.
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone.
Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There.
Catherine Keener, Into the Wild.
Emily Mortimer, Lars and the Real Girl.

Best Ensemble
* Juno.
Lars and the Real Girl.
Waitress.
Zodiac.
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

Best Newcomer
Sarah Polley, director, Away from Her.
Michael Cera, actor, Juno and Superbad.
* Diablo Cody, screenwriter, Juno.
Adrienne Shelly, director, writer, and actress, Waitress.
Nikki Blonsky, Hairspray.

 

Las Vegas Film Critics winners

Best Picture: No Country for Old Men.

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

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

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

Best Actress: Ellen Page, Juno.

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

Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There.

Best Screenplay: Diablo Cody, Juno.

Best Documentary: Sicko, dir.: Michael Moore.

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

Best Cinematography: Robert ElswitThere Will Be Blood.

Best Film Editing: Christopher Rouse, The Bourne Ultimatum.

Best Score: Jonny Greenwood, There Will Be Blood.

Best Song: “Walk Hard,” by Marshall Crenshaw, John C. Reilly, Judd Apatow, and Jake Kasdan; performed by John C. Reilly in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

Best Art Direction: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Stuart Craig, production designer).

Best Costume Design: Colleen Atwood, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Best Visual Effects: Transformers.

Best Family Film: Ratatouille.

Youth in Film: Ed Sanders, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Best DVD: Blade Runner Ultimate Edition (Warner Home Entertainment).

William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award: James Hong.

 

St. Louis Film Critics winners

BEST PICTURE
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
Into the Wild.
Juno.
The Kite Runner.
* No Country for Old Men.
Sweeney Todd.
Atonement.
Michael Clayton.
There Will Be Blood.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
* The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
The Host.
The Kite Runner.
La Vie en Rose.
Lust, Caution.
Persepolis.

BEST DOCUMENTARY
In the Shadow of the Moon.
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
Manufactured Landscapes.
No End in Sight.
* Sicko.

BEST DIRECTOR
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood.
Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd.
* Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men.
Mike Nichols, Charlie Wilson's War.
Sean Penn, Into the Wild.
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
Julie Christie, Away from Her.
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose.
Jodie Foster, The Brave One.
Laura Linney, The Savages.
* Ellen Page, Juno.

BEST ACTOR
* Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood.
Don Cheadle, Talk to Me.
George Clooney, Michael Clayton.
Ryan Gosling, Lars and the Real Girl.
Tommy Lee Jones, In the Valley of Elah.
Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There.
Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up.
Taraji P. Henson, Talk to Me.
Saoirse Ronan, Atonement.
* Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone.
Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
* Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men.
Josh Brolin, No Country for Old Men.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War.
Tommy Lee Jones, No Country for Old Men.
Michael Sheen, Music Within.
Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton.

BEST SCREENPLAY
Atonement, Christopher Hampton; from Ian McEwan's novel.
Into the Wild, Sean Penn; from Jon Krakauer's book.
* Juno, Diablo Cody.
Lars and the Real Girl, Nancy Oliver.
Michael Clayton, Tony Gilroy.
No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen; from Cormac McCarthy's novel.
Persepolis, Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
* The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Roger Deakins.
Atonement, Seamus McGarvey.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Janusz Kaminski.
Into the Wild, Eric Gautier.
The Kite Runner, Roberto Schaefer.
No Country for Old Men, Roger Deakins.
There Will Be Blood, Robert Elswit.

BEST SCORE
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Atonement.
There Will Be Blood.
Juno.
La Vie en Rose.
Once.
* Sweeney Todd (by Stephen Sondheim, for the Broadway play).

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
* 300.
The Golden Compass.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
I Am Legend.
Stardust.
Sweeney Todd.

BEST COMEDY
* Juno.
Knocked Up.
Lars and the Real Girl.
The Simpsons Movie.
Superbad.
Waitress.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

BEST ANIMATED OR FAMILY FILM
Bridge to Terabithia.
Enchanted.
The Golden Compass.
Persepolis.
* Ratatouille.
The Simpsons Movie.

MOST ORIGINAL OR INNOVATIVE FILM
Across the Universe.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
* I'm Not There (dir.: Todd Haynes).
Into Great Silence.
Juno.
Persepolis.

 

Utah Film Critics winners

Best Film: No Country for Old Men.

Best Foreign Language Film: The Host, dir.: Bong Joon-ho.

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

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

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

Best Actress: Ellen Page, Juno.

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 Feature: Ratatouille.

 

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards

Best Picture: No Country for Old Men.

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

Best Documentary: No End in Sight, dir.: Charles Ferguson.

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

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

Best Actress: Ellen Page, Juno.

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

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone.

Best Screenplay: Diablo Cody, Juno.

Best Animated Film: Ratatouille.

Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, No Country for Old MenThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Pauline Kael Breakout Award: Ellen Page, Juno.

Best Original Songs: Once (composers: Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová).

 

Oklahoma Film Critics winners

Best Film: No Country for Old Men.

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

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

Best Animated Film: Ratatouille.

Best First Feature: Ben Affleck, Gone Baby Gone.

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

Best Actress: Ellen Page, Juno.

Best Actor: George Clooney, Michael Clayton.

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone.

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

Breakout Performance: Ellen Page, Juno.

Obviously Worst Film: Norbit, dir.: Brian Robbins.

Not-So-Obviously Worst Film (tie): Youth Without Youth, dir.: Francis Ford Coppola & Bee Movie, dir.: Steve Hickner & Simon J. Smith.

 

Houston Film Critics Society winners

Best Picture: No Country for Old Men.

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

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

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: Roger Deakins, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Best Original Score: Dario Marianelli, Atonement.

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

Outstanding Achievement in Cinema: Philip Seymour Hoffman, for Charlie Wilson's WarThe Savages, and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

Outstanding Achievement in Cinema: The Greenway Three Theatre for over 30 years of service to Houston's art-house film community.

Honorary Texan Award: Joel and Ethan Coen.

 

Central Ohio Film Critics winners

Best Film: No Country for Old Men.

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

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

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

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

Best Actress: Ellen Page, Juno.

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

Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There.

Best Ensemble: No Country for Old Men.

Actor of the Year (for an exemplary body of work): Philip Seymour Hoffman, Before the Devil Knows You're DeadCharlie Wilson's WarThe Savages.

Breakthrough Film Artist: Sarah Polley, Away from Her, for directing and screenwriting.

Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody, Juno.

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

Best Animated Film: Ratatouille.

Best Cinematography: Óscar Faura, The Orphanage.

Best Score: Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová, Once.

Best Overlooked Film: Air Guitar Nation, dir.: Alexandra Lipsitz.

Secret Sunshine Jeon Do-yeon: Lee Chang-dong South Korean drama Best Undistributed FilmSecret Sunshine with Jeon Do-yeon. Lee Chang-dong's psychological drama starring 2007 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress winner Jeon Do-yeon has been chosen as the Top (Best) Undistributed Film in the U.S. Secret Sunshine is South Korea's submission for the 2008 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

'Secret Sunshine' voted top undistributed film in the U.S.

A few paragraphs down are the results of the 2007 indieWIRE poll of the Top Ten undistributed films in the U.S., in the opinion of 106 critics.

Topping the Top Ten list is Lee Chang-dong's South Korean drama Secret Sunshine, about a young widow (2007 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress winner Jeon Do-yeon) who must cope with tragedy after moving to a small town.

Secret Sunshine was recently screened at Los Angeles' AFI FEST 2007. The film is South Korea's submission for the 2008 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Curiously, last year's top pick was also a Korean production: Hong Sang-soo's Woman on the Beach.

See below this year's list of the Ten Best Undistributed Films in the U.S. in 2007.

  • Secret Sunshine, dir.: Lee Chang-dong (34 votes).
  • Useless, dir.: Jia Zhangke (20 votes).
  • The Romance of Astrea and Celadon, dir.: Éric Rohmer (14 votes).
    In the City of Sylvia, dir.: José Luis Guerín (14 votes).
  • Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind, dir.: John Gianvito (11 votes).
    The Man from London, dir.: Béla Tarr (11 votes).
  • La France, dir.: Serge Bozon (9 votes).
  • You, the Living, dir.: Roy Andersson (8 votes).
  • Frownland, dir.: Ronald Bronstein (7 votes).
    Go Go Tales, dir.: Abel Ferrara (7 votes).
  • Battle for Haditha, dir.: Nick Broomfield (6 votes).

 

Detroit Film Critics winners & nominations via John Serba's “Project Mayhem.”

Josh Brolin No Country for Old Men: Miramax Films / Paramount Vantage.

Ellen Page Juno image: Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Jeon Do-yeon Secret Sunshine: Pine House Films.

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