London critics anoint 'Blood' players


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BERLIN -- Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, both in Berlin for the red carpet Competition screening of "There Will Be Blood," scooped best director and best actor nods at the London Critics Circle Awards on Friday to add to the pair's growing plaudits for the movie.

The pair also are in the running for a British Academy Film Award, set to be dished out Sunday evening in London before all eyes turn to the Oscars later this month.

But it was the Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men" that emerged victorious in the race for the 28th London Critics' Circle's best film award.

And Kelly Macdonald won best British actress in a supporting for playing a young Texas wife in "No Country."

Pundits put "No Country" as the film to beat in the race for Sunday's BAFTA presented film awards.

Marion Cotillard picked up the best actress plaudit at the Circle awards for "La Vie en Rose."

Anton Corbijn's "Control" walked off with the British Film of the Year prize, and Paul Greengrass secured best British director for "The Bourne Ultimatum."

Germany's Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck won the screenwriting prize for "Lives of Others," which also won best foreign-language film.

The awards benefit the children's charity NSPCC.