Washington, Boston Critics Honor 'Old Men'


Shaping up as an early critical award season favorite, the Coen Brothers' "No Country For Old Men" was named best picture of the year by reviewers in Washington and Boston.

The Washington and Boston critics overlapped in several key categories beyond their similar best picture tastes, with both groups recognizing "No Country" co-star Javier Bardem and "Gone Baby Gone" co-star Amy Ryan as best supporting actor and actress and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" as best foreign language film.

From there, their choices mostly differed.

The Washington, D.C. critics echoed last week's National Board of review selections of George Clooney and Julie Christie as best actor and actress for "Michael Clayton" and "Away From Her." They gave best director to the Coens for "No Country For Old Men" and also gave the film an ensemble acting award.

Aaron Sorkin's "Charlie Wilson's War" adapted script and Diablo Cody's "Juno" original screenplay were honored by the Washington group, while the latter film's star Ellen Page won for breakthrough performance.

Those critics also gave film prizes to "Ratatouille" (animated feature), "Sicko" (documentary) and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (art direction).

The Beantown critics had Julian Schnabel best director for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and also recognized that film's cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.

Boston's lead acting awards went to Marion Cotillard ("La Vie En Rose") and Frank Langella ("Starting Out in the Evening"). The lone screenplay honor went to Brad Bird for "Ratatouille," while documentary and ensemble awards went to "Crazy Love" and "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" respectively.

Native son Ben Affleck was named best new filmmaker for "Gone Baby Gone."

Stay tuned for more critics and guild awards leading up to the Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

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