Toronto Star

Blood is tops with film critics

Acclaim doesn’t come down to The Wire

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There Will Be Blood beat out The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and No Country for Old Men for the National Society of Film Critics’ Best Picture of 2007 and also won for acting, directing and cinematogr­aphy. The film stars Daniel DayLewis, who also won the American critics’ award for Best Actor. Paul Thomas Anderson, whose previous movies include Boogie Nights and Magnolia, won for Best Director. Other acting winners include Casey Affleck for The Assassinat­ion of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Julie Christie for Away from Her, and Cate Blanchett, one of several actors to play Bob Dylan in I’m Not There. The film critics’ yearly picks often diverge from those of the Oscar voters. Those nominees will be announced Jan. 22. The Associated Press HBO’s The Wire, which opened its fifth season yesterday, has gotten little recognitio­n in Tinseltown. Executive producer David Simon says that’s fine with him.

The series has been acclaimed by critics and has a cult-like following but earned just one Emmy nomination in four seasons — and lost.

“I don’t give a (expletive) if we ever win one of their little trinkets,” Simon told Newsweek. Simon feels the show doesn’t get credit for its diverse cast. “Let me indict Hollywood as much as I can on this one,” he said. “We have more working black actors in key roles than pretty much all the other shows on the air. And yet you still hear people claim they can’t find good AfricanAme­rican actors.”

The Associated Press

 ??  ?? Daniel Day-Lewis picked up a Desert Palm award for There Will Be Blood Saturday.
Daniel Day-Lewis picked up a Desert Palm award for There Will Be Blood Saturday.

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