L.A. critics give 'Blood,' Day-Lewis top honors

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Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood," an epic tale of the oil business in early 20th century California, won four awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. on Sunday, including best picture, director and actor honors.

Anderson was selected as best director, while Daniel Day-Lewis' performance as a rapacious oil man in "Blood" won as best actor. The group also gave its production design honor to "Blood's" Jack Fisk, whose early California design won over Dante Ferretti's re-creation of late 19th century London for "Sweeney Todd."

The other multiple-award winner was Cristian Mungiu's Romanian film "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" -- the Palme d'Or winner at this year's Festival de Cannes -- which won best foreign-language film honors and best supporting actor for Vlad Ivanov, who played the abortionist in the film.

The film that finished runner-up in the best picture and director categories was Julian Schnabel's French-language "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."

Best actress went to France's Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in the biopic "La Vie en Rose."

Tamara Jenkins won best screenplay for "The Savages," her comic drama about two quarreling siblings trying to settle their mentally failing father, beating out "Blood," Anderson's adaptation of Upton Sinclair's novel.

The best supporting actress nod went to Amy Ryan, recognized for her work in two films, "Gone Baby Gone" and "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead."

The New Generation Award, which goes to a cinema newcomer, went to Sarah Polley, a longtime Canadian actress but first-time director with "Away From Her."

In the animation category, Brad Bird's "Ratatouille," made at Pixar, tied "Persepolis," made in France and directed by Marjane Satrapi and co-directed by Vincent Paronnaud.

In the documentary category, the critics honored Charles Ferguson's Iraq docu "No End in Sight." Michael Moore's indictment of health care in the U.S., "Sicko," came in second.

For cinematography, the group voted for Janusz Kaminski's work in "Diving Bell."

For best musical score, the critics selected the score -- mostly songs written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova -- for the Irish musical "Once."

The Douglas E. Edwards Independent/Experimental Award went to Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa for "Colossal Youth," which played at the Redcat in Los Angeles. The group bestowed its newly created Film Legacy Award to Milestone Films, for its efforts to release such vintage films as "Killer of Sheep" and "I Am Cuba," and Outfest Legacy Project, for its restoration efforts on many gay and lesbian films.
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