ETHAN and Joel Coen's movie NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN has triumphed at the 2008 Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles.
The film landed the coveted Best Picture award as well as the Best Supporting Actor accolade for Javier Bardem at the ceremony on Monday (07Jan08) night.
The awards, which are given out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, are not covered by Writer's Guild contracts so was not affected by the ongoing strike which has forced other events, including the prestigious Golden Globe Awards, to be cancelled.
Other winners at the ceremony include Daniel Day Lewis, who picked up the Best Actor gong for his role in There Will Be Blood, and Julie Christie, who won Best Actress for Away From Her.
Amy Ryan was honoured as Best Supporting Actress for Gone Baby Gone - Ben Affleck's directorial debut - and teen pregnancy movie Juno was named Best Comedy.
Hairspray was also among the big winners of the night, scooping two awards for Best Acting Ensemble and Best Young Actress for its 19-year-old star Nikki Blonsky.
George Clooney, who was nominated for his starring turn in Michael Clayton, presented the inaugural Joel Siegel Award to his Ocean's 13 co-star Don Cheadle for his humanitarian work - and he used the opportunity to call for a resolution to the writers strike.
He told the audience, "When the strike happens, it's not just writers (affected). Our hope is that all the players will lock themselves in a room and not come out until they finish. We want this to be done. That's the most important thing."
The main category winners are as follows:
No Country for Old Men
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Julie Christie, Away from Her
Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Young Actor
Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada, The Kite Runner
Best Young Actress
Nikki Blonsky, Hairspray
Ethan and Joel Coen, No Country for Old Men
Diablo Cody, Juno
Jonny Greenwood, There Will Be Blood
Falling Slowly, Glen Hansard + Marketa Irglova, Once
Best Foreign Language Film
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Best Animated Feature
Best Family Film
Best Picture Made for Television
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee