N.Y. Critics Pick Persepolis

Known to go for the artier animated offerings, the New York Film Critics Circle as selected Marjane Satrapi’s and Vincent Paronnaud’s Persepolis as 2007′s top toon feature. Released domestically by Sony Pictures Classic, the black-and-white, 2D account of Satrapi’s struggles as a young woman in Iran is gaining Oscar momentum as critics on both coasts give it the thumbs up. Earlier this week, the movie tied with Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille for the L.A. Critics Award.

While Persepolis will also be competing for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film as France’s official entry, the N.Y. critics chose the German Film The Lives of Others as the year’s top pic from abroad. On the home front, Best Picture went to the Cohen Bros.’ No Country for Old Men, a Miramax release.

Daniel Day-Lewis is also taking his place as an Academy Awards frontrunner as Big Apple reviewers follow the lead of L.A. critics in naming him best Actor for his performance in Paramount Vantage’s There Will Be Blood. Director Paul Thomas Anderson, however, was passed over in favor of Joel and Ethan Cohen this time around. The brothers share the award for Best Director and Best Screenplay, while the film’s Javier Bardem lands a Best Supporting Actor win.

Julie Christie earned a Best Actress kudo for Lions Gate Films’ Away From Her, which also got director Sarah Polley the Best First Film award. They and the other winners will receive their honors during the Circle’s awards ceremony, taking place at Spotlight in New York City on Sunday, Jan. 6.