Holy crap. We have arrived. In a shocking win, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood has taken both the Best Picture and Best Director prizes from the venerable LAFCC. Talk about a boost for this unrelenting art picture and the man who's vision saw it's way to the screen unfettered. The win for Daniel Day-Lewis was expected, but the LA folks must have flipped for the film.
Amy Ryan continues to surprise as well, taking home all 3 of the major critics awards announced so far this year, over the highly touted Cate Blacnhett. It's nice to see The Savages get some love for its wonderful screenplay as well. And I can't explain the win for Vlad Ivanov, expect to say that the LAFCC always toss a curve ball. This year they threw 3 though. Business just picked up....
Best Picture: "There Will Be Blood"
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Actress: Marion Cotillard, "La Vie En Rose"
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"
Screenplay: Tamara Jenkins, "The Savages"
Supporting actress: Amy Ryan for "Gone Baby Gone" and "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"
Supporting actor: Vlad Ivanov, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days"
Foreign language film: "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days"
Documentary/Non-fiction film: "No End in Sight" directed by Charles Ferguson
Production design: Jack Fisk, "There Will Be Blood"
Music: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, "Once"
Cinematography: Janusz Kaminski, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
New generation: Sarah Polley, "Away From Her"
Douglas Edwards Indie Award: "Colossal Youth" directed by Pedro Costa
Career Achievement: Sidney Lumet