L.A. film critics go for `Blood’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThat “Blood” won both picture and directing honors may have Oscar significance. Thirteen of the 15 movies that LAFCA has honored in both categories – a list that runs from “Dog Day Afternoon” to “Sideways” – have gone on to win a best picture nomination. (The two that didn’t? “Do the Right Thing” and “Leaving Las Vegas.”) Romanian import “4 Months, 3 Weeks and Two Days” won for foreign language film and supporting acting honors for Vlad Ivanov. The movie, which follows a woman helping her friend obtain an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania, will be released in Los Angeles in a limited engagement on Dec. 21. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association is comprised of Los Angeles-based critics working primarily in print media. Daily News film critics Bob Strauss and Glenn Whipp are among the group’s 50 members. This year’s awards will be presented Jan. 12 at InterContinental Los Angeles Century City. Paul Thomas Anderson’s dark period drama “There Will Be Blood” won by acclimation Sunday at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association annual vote, taking four awards – including best picture and best director for Anderson – and finishing second in three other categories. Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays an ornery oilman loosely based on Edward Doheny in the movie, took best actor honors. It was the third time that LAFCA has honored Day-Lewis. He also won for his lead turns in “My Left Foot” and “Gangs of New York.” Production designer Jack Fish won the movie’s fourth award. “There Will Be Blood,” which will arrive in theaters in Los Angeles and New York on Dec. 26, also took runner-up honors for screenplay (Anderson), music (Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood) and cinematography (Robert Elswit). Given the dominance of Anderson’s movie, there was little room for other pictures to break through in a big way. Critical favorites “No Country For Old Men,” “I’m Not There” and “Atonement” were barely a factor, managing only one runner-up nod between them – Cate Blanchett for supporting actress in “I’m Not There.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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