Once again "No Country for Old Men" walked away from 13th annual Critics' Choice Awards ceremony with multiple prizes. On Monday, January 7, 2008 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, the adapted drama about a killer who cuts a path of destruction across Texas was hailed as the 2007 Best Picture by the Broadcast Film Critics Association beating out other strong nominees, including "There Will Be Blood" and "Into the Wild".
Besides nailing the much wanted top honor, the Miramax Films' project also brought home kudos for its director, Ethan and Joel Coen, and its actor, Javier Bardem. The three men received prizes of Best Director and Best Supporting Actor respectively. In winning the award, the Coen brothers outshone Tim Burton for "Sweeney Todd", Sean Penn for "Into the Wild" among others, while Bardem triumphed over four other nominees, including Casey Affleck for "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and Philip Seymour Hoffman for "Charlie Wilson's War".
The success of "No Country" in getting multiple awards was followed by "There Will Be Blood", "Juno" and "Hairspray" as those films got double prizes each. "Blood" received Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Composer for Jonny Greenwood, "Juno" won Best Comedy Movie and Best Writer for Diablo Cody, while "Hairspray" accepted Best Acting Ensemble award and Best Young Actress prize for the rising star Nikki Blonsky.
In receiving the award, the 19-year-old Blonsky thanked her mother who accompanied her in attending the ceremony. She also sent her gratitude toward her "other mommy who's at home" and by that she referred to her superstar co-star, John Travolta who played Edna Turnblad, the mother of Blonsky's character in "Hairspray". Meanwhile, the adventure drama film starring Emile Hirsch and Vince Vaughn "Into the Wild" which was nominated for 7 categories from the total of 18 award categories went home without getting any of the prizes.
The complete list of winners at the 13th annual Critics' Choice Awards: