Critics Out for 'Blood'

Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" was the big winner at the weekend's National Society of Film Critics Awards.

The story of a turn-of-the-century oilman and his son took best picture, best director for Anderson, best cinematography for Robert Elswit and the best actor prize for Daniel Day-Lewis.

The NSFC has 61 members, but according to media reports only 41 took part in Saturday's (Jan. 5) voting.

Beyond the domination of "There Will Be Blood," most of the NSFC's awards were evenly distributed to a variety of features.

Julie Christie, one of the award season's most decorated stars, won best actress for "Away From Her," while Cate Blanchett was best supporting actress for "I'm Not There." Casey Affleck of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" was named best supporting actor, beating Javier Bardem and meaning that the Coen Brothers' "No Country For Old Men" was shut out.

Tamara Jenkins won best screenplay for "The Savages," with "No End in Sight" and "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" winning for documentary and foreign film respectively.