- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Big win for ‘Men’

“No Country for Old Men” was the big winner at Monday’s Critics’ Choice Awards, winning best picture, best director for brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, and best supporting actor for Javier Bardem, Associated Press reports.

Meanwhile, awards came in pairs for three other films: “Hairspray,” “Juno” and “There Will Be Blood.”

The cast of “Hairspray” was named best acting ensemble, and its breakout star, Nikki Blonsky, 19, won best young actress. The teen-pregnancy film “Juno” collected trophies for best comedy and for screenwriter Diablo Cody.

“There Will Be Blood” earned the best-actor honor for star Daniel Day-Lewis, and composer Jonny Greenwood won best composer for his haunting score of the film.

The Writers Guild of America strike, which began Nov. 5, has effectively shut down Hollywood and cast a pall over Tinseltown’s awards season. However, the Critics’ Choice Awards, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and broadcast live on VH1, wasn’t covered by guild contracts.

Julie Christie won best actress for “Away From Her,” but she wasn’t on hand to accept her prize. Also absent was best young actor Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, star of “The Kite Runner,” and supporting actress Amy Ryan, who co-starred opposite Casey Affleck in “Gone Baby Gone.” Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who won best song for their work in “Once,” also skipped the ceremony.

The critics chose “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” as the best foreign film.

George Clooney, a nominee for his starring turn in “Michael Clayton,” presented the inaugural Joel Siegel Award to his friend Don Cheadle for his humanitarian work.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association, which represents more than 200 TV, radio and online critics from the United States and Canada, founded the Critics’ Choice Awards in 1995.

Ailing Em no longer Slim

Eminem was rushed to the hospital over the holidays because of complications from pneumonia, MTV.com says, citing a report by TMZ.

TMZ.com reports that the rap star — also known as Slim Shady — was taken to a Detroit-area hospital for a serious heart condition and severe pneumonia; it also cites sources as saying Eminem’s (real name Marshall Mathers) weight has exceeded 200 pounds.

Best of the worst

Another year, another Worst-Dressed List from the infamous Mr. Blackwell, who singles out his Ten Titans of Taste-Free Terrors From 2007 for his 48th annual list. According to People.com, Victoria Beckham tops the list, followed by Amy Winehouse, Mary-Kate Olsen, Fergie, Kelly Clarkson, Eva Green, Avril Lavigne, Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan and Alison Arngrim.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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