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London critics honour Coen drama
Josh Brolin in No Country For Old Men
No Country For Old Men is a dark crime thriller set in Texas
No Country For Old Men has been named film of the year at the London Film Critics' Circle annual awards.

It is the latest accolade for the Coen brothers' thriller in the run-up to the Academy Awards later this month.

Oscar favourite Daniel Day-Lewis picked up best actor for There Will Be Blood, while France's Marion Cotillard was named best actress for La Vie En Rose.

British talent honoured at the event included Julie Christie, James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson and Kelly Macdonald.

Evenly spread

The big winner was Ian Curtis biopic Control, which won three prizes including British film of the year.

Lead actor Sam Riley was given a breakthrough gong, as was his director Anton Corbijn.

Julie Walters won the Dilys Powell Award for outstanding contribution to cinema, named in honour of the celebrated film critic who died in 1995.

James McAvoy
McAvoy was honoured for his role in British drama Atonement

This year's awards were evenly spread, with No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, The Lives of Others and Atonement winning two prizes each.

Julie Christie was named British actress of the year for Away From Her, beating Atonement's Keira Knightley and Sweeney Todd star Helena Bonham Carter.

Atonement male lead James McAvoy won best British actor, while his co-star Vanessa Redgrave shared the best British supporting actress award with No Country's Kelly Macdonald.

Paul Thomas Anderson was named best director for There Will Be Blood, with The Bourne Ultimatum's Paul Greengrass winning the British equivalent.

'Strong contenders'

The Lives of Others was named the year's best foreign language film, with a second prize going to its director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck for his screenplay.

Wilkinson, meanwhile, was named best supporting actor for his role in George Clooney legal thriller Michael Clayton.

The 28th Critics' Circle Film Awards - held in aid of the NSPCC - come two days before the Baftas, where many of the recipients have been nominated for further prizes.

"With so many strong contenders from both the US and the UK our voters have been spoilt for choice this year," said awards chair Marianne Gray.

"So it's encouraging to see a small black-and-white movie like Control do so well. It will be interesting to see how it fares at the Baftas this weekend."

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