Film critics love Blanchett and Christie too


Over the weekend, the National Society of Film Critics announced its 2007 honorees. Here are some of the winners:

  • Best picture: There Will Be Blood
  • Best director: Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
  • Best actress: Julie Christie, Away From Her
  • Best supporting actress: Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There
  • Best actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
  • Best supporting actor: Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Best foreign-language film: Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days
  • Best nonfiction film: No End in Sight
  • Best screenplay: Tamara Jenkins, The Savages

These aren’t exactly blockbusters. (Not a peep from Sweeney Todd, and no awards for Old Men either.) In fact, I’ve seen exactly one of these films: Away From Her. I’m glad Christie won for her mesmerizing performance.

And even though I’m not sure about I’m Not There, I do want to see Blanchett as Dylan:

The Savages looks pretty great too. Here’s writer and director Jenkins with stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney:

I don’t know anyone who has seen There Will Be Blood, and I couldn’t even find any comments about it in the forums — and we’re quite a moviegoing bunch! But I just checked IMDb, and it looks like there are very few women in the movie. No wonder we’re skipping it.

The Envelope has the full list of honorees, as well as the second- and third-place winners. (Members of the society ranked three choices via a weighted ballot; winners had the most points and also appeared on a majority of the ballots.) Here are some notable silver and bronze placements:

  • Best actress: In second place was Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose (only three fewer votes than Julie Christie!)
  • Best supporting actress: Amy Ryan came in second for Gone Baby Gone and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (I guess the votes don’t distinguish performances?), while Tilda Swinton came in third for Michael Clayton. But they were a distant second and third — Blanchett was the clear favorite.
  • Best foreign-language film: Persepolis came in third.

Oh, right, Persepolis — that’s another one I wanted to see. Enough ballot-counting; I’m off to the movies!

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