Monday, December 10, 2007

there will be blood

LA critics pick 'There Will Be Blood' as year's best film, Day-Lewis best actor
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LOS ANGELES - The oil-boom epic "There Will Be Blood" was chosen as 2007's best film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, one of the first key groups to weigh in during the long buildup to the Academy Awards.

Based on the novel "Oil!" by Upton Sinclair, the film received three other honours: best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis as a California petroleum baron who clashes with his son and a local preacher in the early 1900s; best director for Paul Thomas Anderson and production design for Jack Fisk.

The best-actress prize went to Marion Cotillard as singer Edith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose," while Anamaria Marinca was runner-up for "4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days," a Romanian drama in which she plays a woman who helps to arrange a friend's illegal abortion.

Frank Langella was runner-up for best actor as an aging novelist who forges an unusual relationship with an admiring young woman in "Starting Out in the Evening."

The Los Angeles group's picks and Monday's upcoming choices from the New York Film Critics Circle precede Thursday's nominations for the Golden Globes, Hollywood's second-biggest film honours, after the Oscars.

Globe nominations and critics prizes can boost Oscar prospects, particularly for lesser-known films and performances. Oscar nominations come out Jan. 22, with the awards ceremony scheduled Feb. 24.

"4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days," which won the top honour at last spring's Cannes Film Festival, was named best foreign-language film by the Los Angeles critics and earned the supporting-actor honor for Vlad Ivanov as a menacing abortion provider.

The critics gave their supporting-actress honour to Amy Ryan for two films: "Gone Baby Gone," in which she plays a neglectful mother whose young daughter has been abducted, and "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," in which she co-stars as the sharp-tongued ex-wife of a man who sets out to rob his parents' jewelry business.

Runners-up for supporting honours were Cate Blanchett for her gender-crossing role as an incarnation of Bob Dylan in his mid-1960s electric transition in "I'm Not There" and Hal Holbrook as a lonely widower who befriends a wanderer in "Into the Wild."

Tamara Jenkins received the screenplay prize for "The Savages," about an estranged brother and sister forced to care for their ailing father. Anderson was runner-up for his "There Will Be Blood" screenplay.

The crime saga "No Country for Old Men," one of the year's most acclaimed films and considered an Oscar best-picture contender, was shut out for Los Angeles critics' honours but it was the key winner Sunday for prizes from the Washington, D.C., Area Film Critics Association. That group honoured "No Country for Old Men" for best picture, directors (Joel and Ethan Coen) and supporting actor (Javier Bardem).

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" - adapted from the memoirs of French Elle editor Jean-Dominque Bauby, who suffered a paralyzing stroke - was runner-up for the Los Angeles group's best picture and foreign-language honours. Its filmmaker, Julian Schnabel, also was runner-up to Anderson for the directing prize.

The group chose Janusz Kaminski as best cinematographer for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," with Robert Elswit the runner-up for "There Will Be Blood."

There was a tie-in the animated-feature category between the rodent tale "Ratatouille" and the coming-of-age saga "Persepolis."

Charles Ferguson's "No End in Sight," examining the President George W. Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war, was selected as best documentary, with Michael Moore's health-care study "Sicko" the runner-up.

The independent hit "Once," a romance between an Irish street busker and an Eastern European immigrant to Dublin, earned the music prize for its two stars, musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead was the runner-up for "There Will Be Blood."

The critics gave a special honour to actress Sarah Polley for "Away From Her," her acclaimed directing debut starring Julie Christie as a woman succumbing to Alzheimer's.
There Will Be Blood
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There Will Be Blood

Promotional film poster
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Produced by Paul Thomas Anderson
Daniel Lupi
Scott Rudin
Eric Schlosser
Joanne Sellar
Written by Novel:
Upton Sinclair
Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis
Paul Dano
Mary Elizabeth Barrett
David Willis
Music by Jonny Greenwood
Distributed by Miramax Films
Paramount Vantage
Release date(s) December 26, 2007
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million
IMDb profile
There Will Be Blood is a film adaptation of Upton Sinclair's novel Oil! It stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano, and is written, produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Shooting began in mid-May 2006 in New Mexico and Marfa, Texas, with principal photography wrapping August 24, 2006. The film is scheduled for release on December 26, 2007.

Music for the film was composed by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.[1]

1 Cast
2 Cast replacement
3 Wins, Nominations and Accolades
4 External links
5 References

[edit] Cast
Actor Role
Daniel Day-Lewis Daniel Plainview
Paul Dano Eli Sunday
Dillon Freasier H.W. Ailman
Kevin J. O'Connor Henry Brands
Ciarán Hinds Fletcher Hamilton
David Willis Abel Sunday
Mary Elizabeth Barrett Fanny Clark

[edit] Cast replacement
It has been reported that 30 days into the shoot, the role of Eli Sunday was recast from the original choice of Kel O'Neill to the final choice of Paul Dano.[citation needed]

[edit] Wins, Nominations and Accolades

Los Angeles Film Critics Association 2007
Best Picture
Best Director
Best Screenplay (runner-up)
Best Actor
Best Production Design
Best Cinematography (runner-up)
Best Music (runner-up)
New York Film Critics Online 2007
Best Picture (tie with The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Music

Satellite Awards 2007
Best Cinematography


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