"Blood" runs thick with London film critics

Fri Dec 14, 2007 8:18am EST
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By Stuart Kemp

LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - "There Will Be Blood," a tale of U.S. oil prospectors in a frontier town, picked up three major nominations, including film of the year, from London's Critics' Circle.

The film also received nods for director (Paul Thomas Anderson) and actor (Daniel Day-Lewis). The nominations were announced Thursday.

To win the best film award, "Blood" will have to fend off the challenge of "No Country for Old Men," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "Zodiac" and "The Bourne Ultimatum."

Anderson will slug it out with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ("The Lives of Others"), Joel and Ethan Coen ("No Country for Old Men"), David Fincher ("Zodiac") and Cristian Mungiu ("4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days") in the fight for director of the year.

Up against Lewis in the actor category are the late Ulrich Muehe ("The Lives of Others"), Casey Affleck ("Jesse James"), George Clooney ("Michael Clayton") and Tommy Lee Jones ("In the Valley of Elah").

Vying for actress of the year are Laura Linney ("The Savages"), Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en rose"), Maggie Gyllenhaal ("SherryBaby"), Angelina Jolie ("A Mighty Heart") and Anamaria Marinca ("4 Months").

Winners will be announced during a February 8 ceremony at the Royal Grosvenor Hotel in London.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Actor Daniel Day-Lewis arrives for the premiere of the film "There Will Be Blood" in New York December 10, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>