If the critics circles have their say, this should be an awesome, grim and oh-so-Texan award season. The Coens’ "No Country For Old Men," having kicked off with the National Board of Review’s prize for best film, has gotten the same nod from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the Washington D.C. Film Critics. Meanwhile, Paul Thomas Anderson’s strange, fierce "There Will Be Blood" has plucked the top prizes from the New York Film Critics Online (where it actually tied with the facial hair-free "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly") and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. They’re both excellent films, though "No Country" has our heart ("Blood" might have our still unsettled subconscious) â€” the former casts a regretfully tender look at the terrible world it portrays, while the latter claustrophobically funnels itself through the perspective of a relentless misanthrope, but both are among other things exhilarating takes on the western. Punk’s not dead, you hear?
+ 2007 Awards (NYFCC.com)
+ ‘No Country,’ ‘Diving Bell’ are favorites of Boston film critics (Boston Globe)
+ "No Country" For D.C. Critics (indieWIRE)
+ There Will Be Blood Dominates NYFCO Awards (About.com)
+ LAFCA 2007 winners list (LA Times)