In London, 'Blood' in thick of it

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Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" has earned three major nominations in this year's London Film Critics' Circle awards race.

Anderson's tale of U.S. oil prospectors in a frontier town is nominated for film of the year, director of the year and actor of the year for Daniel Day-Lewis. The nominations were to be announced today.

To win the best film award, "Blood" will have to fend off the challenge of "No Country for Old Men," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "Zodiac" and "The Bourne Ultimatum."

Anderson will slug it out with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ("The Lives of Others"), Joel and Ethan Coen ("No Country"), David Fincher ("Zodiac") and Cristian Mungiu ("4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days") in the fight for director of the year.

Up against Day-Lewis in the actor category are the late Ulrich Muhe ("The Lives of Others"), Casey Affleck ("Jesse James"), George Clooney ("Michael Clayton") and Tommy Lee Jones ("In the Valley of Elah").

Vying for actress of the year are Laura Linney ("The Savages"), Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose"), Maggie Gyllenhaal ("SherryBaby"), Angelina Jolie ("A Mighty Heart") and Anamaria Marinca ("4 Months").

The London Critics' Circle awards concentrate on U.K. endeavors at the cinema, with eight of the 14 categories exclusively there to reward British talent.

The Attenborough Award for British film of the year will go to either "Once," "Control," "Atonement," "Eastern Promises" or "This Is England."

British director of the year might just go to Dutch-born Anton Corbijn for his stint behind the lens of "Control," with challenges from Paul Greengrass ("The Bourne Ultimatum"), Shane Meadows ("This Is England"), Joe Wright ("Atonement") and Danny Boyle ("Sunshine").

The awards will be given out during a Feb. 8 ceremony in the British capital.

A complete list of nominees can be found at THR.com.
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