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LONDON -- Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" is nominated in a trio of major categories for this year's London Film Critics' Circle awards.

Anderson's tale of U.S. oil prospectors in a frontier town is nominated for film of the year and director of the year as well as actor of the year for Daniel Day-Lewis.

The nominations were announced Friday.

To win the best film award, "Blood" will have to fend off the mighty 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 for Old Men"), David Fincher ("Zodiac") and Cristian Mungiu ("4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days") in the fight for director of the year.

Up against 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 heavily 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 at a ceremony in the British capital Feb. 8.


A complete list of nominees follows:


Film of the year

"No Country for Old Men" (Paramount)

"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (Warner Bros.)

"There Will Be Blood" (Miramax)

"Zodiac" (Warner Bros.)

"The Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal)


Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year

"Once" (Icon)

"Control" (Momentum Pictures)

"Atonement" (Universal)

"Eastern Promises" (Pathe)

"This Is England" (Optimum Releasing)


Director of the year

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, "The Lives of Others" (Lionsgate U.K.)

Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood" (Miramax)

Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men" (Paramount)

David Fincher, "Zodiac" (Warner Bros.)

Cristian Mungiu, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" (Artificial Eye)


British director of the year

Anton Corbijn, "Control" (Momentum Pictures)

Paul Greengrass, "The Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal)

Shane Meadows, "This Is England" (Optimum Releasing)

Joe Wright, "Atonement" (Universal)

Danny Boyle, "Sunshine" (20th Century Fox)


Actor of the year

Ulrich Muhe, "The Lives of Others" (Lionsgate U.K.)

Casey Affleck, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (Warner Bros.)

George Clooney, "Michael Clayton" (Pathe)

Tommy Lee Jones, "In the Valley of Elah" (Optimum Releasing)

Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood" (Miramax)


Actress of the year

Laura Linney, "The Savages" (20th Century Fox)

Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose" (Icon)

Maggie Gyllenhaal, "Sherry Baby" (Metrodome)

Angelina Jolie, "A Mighty Heart" (Paramount)

Anamaria Marinca, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" (Artificial Eye)


British actor of the year

Sam Riley, "Control" (Momentum Pictures)

James McAvoy, "Atonement" (Universal)

Christian Bale, "3:10 to Yuma" (Lionsgate U.K.)

Jim Broadbent, "And When Did You Last See Your Father" (Disney)

Jonny Lee Miller, "The Flying Scotsman" (Verve Pictures)


British actress of the year

Samantha Morton, "Control" (Momentum Pictures)

Julie Christie, "Away From Her" (Metrodome)

Keira Knightley, "Atonement" (Universal)

Helena Bonham Carter, "Sweeney Todd" (Warner Bros.)

Sienna Miller, "Interview" (The Works)


British actor in a supporting role

Tom Wilkinson, "Michael Clayton" (Pathe)

Toby Jones, "The Painted Veil" (Momentum Pictures)

Alfred Molina, "The Hoax" (Momentum Pictures)

Toby Kebbell, "Control" (Momentum Pictures)

Albert Finney, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" (Entertainment)


British Actress in a Supporting Role

Saoirse Ronan, "Atonement" (Universal)

Imelda Staunton, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (Warner Bros.)

Tilda Swinton, "Michael Clayton" (Pathe)

Kelly Macdonald, "No Country for Old Men" (Paramount)

Vanessa Redgrave, "Atonement" (Universal)


Screenwriter of the year

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, "The Lives of Others" (Lionsgate U.K.)

Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men" (Paramount)

Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood" (Miramax)

Ronald Harwood, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Pathe)

Christopher Hampton, "Atonement" (Universal)


British breakthrough -- acting

Saoirse Ronan, "Atonement" (Universal)

Sam Riley, "Control" (Momentum Pictures)

Thomas Turgoose, "This Is England" (Optimum Releasing)

Benedict Cumberbatch, "Amazing Grace" (Momentum Pictures)

Dakota Blue Richards, "The Golden Compass" (Entertainment)


British breakthrough -- filmmaking

John Carney, writer-director, "Once" (Icon)

Sarah Gavron, director, "Brick Lane" (Optimum Releasing)

Anton Corbijn, director, "Control" (Momentum Pictures)

Matt Greenhalgh, writer, "Control" (Momentum Pictures)

Stevan Riley, writer-director-producer, "Blue Blood" (Miracle/Warner Music)


Foreign-language film of the year

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Pathe)

"4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" (Artificial Eye)

"The Lives of Others" (Lionsgate U.K.)

"Letters From Iwo Jima" (Warner Bros.)

"Tell No One" (Revolver Entertainment)
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