L.A. Crix Split on Ratatouille, Persepolis

As the awards season ramps up, critics are making their choices for the best films of 2007, and one decision that appears to be to a tough one is Best Animated Feature. Reviewers in Los Angeles couldn’t collectively decide between Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille and Sony Pictures Classics’ Persepolis. The very different toon features crossed the finish line in a dead heat, sharing the award.

Released over the summer, Ratatouille grossed more than $500 million worldwide, while Persepolis enjoyed a successful festival tour on its way to a limited North American release slated for Christmas Day. The black-and-white, French-language coming-of-age story and socio-political statement from Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud is France’s official entry for Best Foreign-Language Film, and is also a leading contender for a Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination, as is Ratatouille. The third spot is still a bit of a wild card. Last week, the National Board of Review also selected Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille as its top animated film of the year.

L.A. Critics were also sweet on Paramount Vantage’s upcoming period drama There Will Be Blood, which took the award for Best Picture and earned Best Director and Best Actor wins for Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, respectively. Best Actress went to Marion Cotillard for her portrayal of legendary crooner Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. The L.A. Critics Awards will be presented at a dinner on Jan. 12 at the Hotel Intercontinental in Century City.