Coen Brothers and Their Country Top the Dallas-Fort Worth Critics' List
The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association this morning released its year-end film huzzahs, and topping the best-picture list is ... envelope please ... No Country for Old Men, followed by a most eclectic list of runners-up. They are, in order: Juno, There Will Be Blood, Atonement, Michael Clayton, Into the Wild, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Kite Runner, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Charlie Wilson's War.
Also, the DFWCA's top (over-)actor is Daniel Day-Lewis, out for Blood; Julie Christie, star of Away from Her, is top actress. Javier Bardem and his haircut were named Best Supporting Actor for No Country, while Tilda Swinton bested the likes of Amy Ryan, Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan and Jennifer Jason Leigh in the Best Supporting Actress category. The Best Director nod goes to two gents: Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country.
Rounding out the nods: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly took the Best Foreign-Language Film award, and my top movie of 2007 wound up with the Best Documentary Award: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Roger Deakins, the best thing about Jesse James, took home the cinematography nod, and the modern-day musical Once, which really should have ranked among the DFWCA's top-10 selections, was given the Russell Smith Award, so named for the late Dallas Morning News critic, as the annum's low-budget indie release. --Robert Wilonsky