Los Angeles Critics Taste 'Blood'
Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis also honored
In addition to winning best picture, "There Will Be Blood" earned Paul Thomas Anderson the best director prize, while Anderson was runner-up to Tamara Jenkins ("The Savages") in the screenplay. The film's star, Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor, beating out Frank Langella ("Starting Out in the Evening").
"There Will Be Blood" was also the runner-up in two additional categories. Jonny Greenwood's score lost to Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's "Once" music and Robert Elswit's cinematography finished behind Janusz Kaminski's work on "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."
Kaminski's win was the only victory for "The Diving Bell," which was a popular runner-up, finishing second in best picture, best director (Julian Schnabel) and best foreign language film. The winner in the latter category was Cannes favorite "4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days," which had a remarkable strong showing with Vlad Ivanov beating Hal Holbrook ("Into the Wild") for supporting actor and Anamaria Marinca finishing as runner-up to Marion Cotillard of "La Vie En Rose" as best actress.
Best supporting actress went to "Gone Baby Gone" co-star Amy Ryan, the most decorated star early in the critical award season, beating Cate Blanchett's gender-bending role in "I'm Not Here."
The Los Angeles critics named Charles Ferguson's "No End in Sight" best documentary and split the animated category between "Persepolis" and "Ratatouille."
Also honoring "There Will Be Blood," Anderson and Day-Lewis on Sunday was the New York Online Film Critics group. That organization went with Julie Christie ("Away From Her") for best actress and went with Blanchett and Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men") in the supporting fields.