Here at FSR, we are deeply embedded in the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (www.cofca.org). Along with yours truly, fellow Reject Kevin Carr is also a member of the association. You may also recognize in the press release below a few names familiar in the Fat Guys at the Movies world, including Kristin Dreyer Kramer from NightsAndWeekends.com and David Medsker from Bullz-Eye.com.

With that said, it brings us great pleasure to bring you the exclusive announcement of the results of the 6th Annual Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards, which were announced at a private event earlier this evening in Columbus, Ohio. As it turns out, our friends and colleagues of COFCA went wild for The Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men – and for good reason. Take a look below for all the details!

No Country for Old Men finds home atop 6th annual Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards

(Columbus, January 10, 2008) Joel and Ethan Coen’s No Country for Old Men was named Best Film in the Central Ohio Film Critics Association 6th annual awards, recognizing excellence in the film industry for 2007. The film also won four other awards, including Best Director and Best Screenplay-Adapted (Joel and Ethan Coen), Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), and Best Ensemble. Juno, which finished third on the Best Film list, was awarded two prizes, Best Actress (Ellen Page) and Best Screenplay-Original (Diablo Cody).

Two past COFCA award winners were acknowledged again. Daniel Day-Lewis was named Best Actor for his portrayal of a turn-of-the-century oilman in There Will Be Blood. Cate Blanchett was selected the Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the mid-1960s Bob Dylan in I’m Not There. Day-Lewis won COFCA’s inaugural Best Actor prize for 2002′s Gangs of New York while Blanchett was named 2004′s Actor of the Year.

Other individual winners include: Actor of the Year Philip Seymour Hoffman for his exemplary work in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Savages; Breakthrough Film Artist Sarah Polley for Away from Her‘s direction and screenwriting; Óscar Faura for Best Cinematography for The Orphanage (El Orfanato); and Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová of Once for Best Score.

Other honored films include: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters for Best Documentary; The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) for Best Foreign Language Film; Ratatouille for Best Animated Film; and Air Guitar Nation for Best Overlooked Film.

Founded in 2002, the Central Ohio Film Critics Association is comprised of film critics based in Columbus, Ohio and the surrounding areas. Its membership consists of more than 25 print, radio, television, and new media critics. COFCA’s official website at www.cofca.org contains links to member reviews and past award winners.

Winners were announced at a private party on January 10.

Complete list of awards:

Best Films
1. No Country for Old Men
2. The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)
3. Juno
4. Once
5. There Will Be Blood
6. Lars and the Real Girl
7. 3:10 to Yuma
8. The Savages
9. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
10. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le papillon)

Best Director
-Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
-Runner-up: Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood

Best Actor
-Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
-Runner-up: Ryan Gosling, Lars and the Real Girl

Best Actress
-Ellen Page, Juno
-Runner-up: Amy Adams, Enchanted

Best Supporting Actor
-Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
-Runner-up: Ben Foster, 3:10 to Yuma

Best Supporting Actress
-Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There
-Runner-up: Emily Mortimer, Lars and the Real Girl

Best Ensemble
-No Country for Old Men
-Runner-up: 3:10 to Yuma

Actor of the Year (for an exemplary body of work)
-Philip Seymour Hoffman, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The
Savages
-Runner-up: Josh Brolin, American Gangster, Grindhouse, In the Valley of Elah, and No Country for
Old Men

Breakthrough Film Artist
-Sarah Polley, Away from Her (for directing and screenwriting)
-Runner-up: Ellen Page, Juno (for acting)

Best Cinematography
-Óscar Faura, The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
-Runner-up: Roger Deakins, No Country for Old Men

Best Screenplay – Adapted
-Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
-Runner-up: Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood

Best Screenplay – Original
-Diablo Cody, Juno
-Runner-up: Tamara Jenkins, The Savages

Best Score
-Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Once
-Runner-up: Dario Marianelli, Atonement

Best Documentary
-The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
-Runners-up (tie): In the Shadow of the Moon and No End in Sight

Best Foreign Language Film
-The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)
-Runner-up: The Orphanage (El Orfanato)

Best Animated Film
-Rataouille
-Runner-up: Paprika

Best Overlooked Film
-Air Guitar Nation
-Runner-up: The Lookout

COFCA offers its congratulations to the winners.

Past Best Film winners:

2002: Punch-Drunk Love
2003: Lost in Translation
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2005: A History of Violence
2006: Children of Men

The complete list of members and their affiliations:

Kevin Carr (FilmSchoolRejects.com) ; Nick Chordas (The Columbus Dispatch), Bill Clark (www.fromthebalcony.com); Nikki Davis (Columbus Alive); John DeSando (90.5 WCBE); Johnny DiLoretto (Fox 28 WTTE); Chad Dull (The Other Paper); Frank Gabrenya (The Columbus Dispatch); Jordan Gentile (The Other Paper); Kaizaad Kotwal (C Magazine, Gay Peoples Chronicle); Kristin Dreyer Kramer (NightsAndWeekends.com); Joyce Long (820 WOSU); Rico Long (820 WOSU); Clay Lowe (90.5 WCBE); Colin Mack (freelance); Hope Madden (The Other Paper); Paul Markoff (WOCC-TV3); David Medsker (Bullz-Eye.com); Neil Miller (Film School Rejects); J. Caleb Mozzocco (Donewaiting.com); Lori Pearson (critics.com); Mark Pfeiffer (Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema; WOCC-TV3); Margaret Quamme (The Columbus Dispatch); Dave Redelberger (WBWR-The Brew @ 105.7); John Ross (Columbus Alive); Melissa Starker (Columbus Alive); Jason Zingale (Bullz-Eye.com).


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