The competition between the film critics' two most favorite films of 2007 has been even tighter as "" nailed many prestigious kudos, while "" also managed to get by with more awards. According to Variety, the former film was announced as the winner of five prizes by the Austin Film Critics Association, most importantly Best Picture.
Apart from the Best Film award, the movie that is inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel 'Oil!' also brought home recognitions to Paul Thomas Anderson for Best Director and Robert Elswit for Best Cinematography. Adding to the awards won for the movie, Best Original Score fell to the hand of Jonny Greenwood, the member of . He was credited for the film's musical score, which contains excerpts from his BBC-commissioned 'Popcorn Superhet Receiver' orchestral piece.