"Clayton" Leads Chicago Film Critics Nominees PDF Print E-mail
"Michael Clayton," Tony Gilroy’s taut ethics drama about an attorney on the brink of a personal and professional meltdown, leads the Chicago Film Critics Association’s nominees for 2007.

The drama netted seven nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton).

Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic tale of an oil baron "There Will Be Blood" came second with a close six nominations, among them Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis).

The Coen brothers’ crime thriller "No Country For Old Men" garnered five nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem).

The romantic musical "Once" and the quirky comedy "Juno" tied with four nominations.

The nominations for the 2007 Chicago Film Critics Awards were announced Monday (Dec. 10). The CFCA has 60 members from various news media outlets, including print, on-line and broadcast.

Winners of the 2007 Chicago Film Critics Awards will be announced Friday, Dec. 14, during the morning newscast on WGN-TV, Channel 9 in Chicago.

BEST PICTURE (Total nominations)

Into The Wild (3)
Michael Clayton (7)
No Country For Old Men (5)
Once (4)
There Will Be Blood (6)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Black Book
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
La Vie En Rose
Lust, Caution
The Orphanage

BEST DIRECTOR

Paul Thomas Anderson–There Will Be Blood
Joel & Ethan Coen–No Country For Old Men
David Fincher–Zodiac
Tony Gilroy–Michael Clayton
Jason Reitman–Juno

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Brad Bird–Ratatouille
Diablo Cody–Juno
Tony Gilroy–Michael Clayton
Tamara Jenkins–The Savages
Kelly Masterston–Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Paul Thomas Anderson–There Will Be Blood
Joel & Ethan Coen–No Country For Old Men
Christopher Hampton–Atonement
Sean Penn–Into the Wild
James Vanderbilt–Zodiac

BEST ACTOR

George Clooney–Michael Clayton
Ryan Gosling–Lars and the Real Girl
Frank Langella–Starting Out In the Evening
Daniel Day Lewis–There Will Be Blood
Viggo Mortensen–Eastern Promises

BEST ACTRESS

Julie Christie–Away From Her
Marion Cotillard–La Vie En Rose
Angelina Jolie–A Mighty Heart
Laura Linney–The Savages
Ellen Page–Juno

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Casey Affleck–The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem–No Country For Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman–Charlie Wilson’s War
Hal Holbrook–Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson–Michael Clayton

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett–I’m Not There
Jennifer Jason Leigh–Margot At the Wedding
Leslie Mann–Knocked Up
Amy Ryan–Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton–Michael Clayton

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

The Assassination Of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford–Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Atonement–Dario Marianelli
Lust, Caution–Alexandre Desplat
Once–Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
There Will Be Blood–Jonny Greenwood

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Assassination Of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford–Roger Deakins
Atonement–Seamus McGarvey
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly–Janusz Kaminski
No Country For Old Men–Roger Deakins
There Will Be Blood–Robert Elswit

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Darfur Now
The King of Kong
Lake of Fire
No End In Sight
Sicko

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Beowulf
Meet the Robinsons
Persepolis
Ratatouille
The Simpsons Movie

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER

Nikki Blonsky–Hairspray
Michael Cera–Juno/Superbad
Glen Hansard–Once
Carice Van Houten–Black Book
Tang Wei–Lust, Caution

MOST PROMISING DIRECTOR

Ben Affleck–Gone Baby Gone
John Carney–Once
Craig Gillespie–Lars and the Real Girl
Tony Gilroy–Michael Clayton
Sarah Polley–Away From Her