My second film critic's group, the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, just wrapped up year-end voting, and I'm pretty happy with the final results, even if the film that came out on top was not my personal first pick. The group as a whole went with No Country for Old Men for the top film -- an excellent film, to be sure, it just wasn't my top choice. The group also went with the Coens for Best Director. I was glad to see Juno way up there in second place. Go, Juno! Side note: Roger Ebert is totally boss for making Juno his #1 pick, over the many oh-so-serious choices among all the excellent films this year. He's taking some heat for it, but it takes balls to call a quirky little film like Juno your top pick, knowing you're bound to take a heap of crap for it from what Jeff Wells over at Hollywood Elsewhere likes to call the "smarty pants" crowd because you didn't put No Country at the top of your list like everyone else.

Juno also scored marks from the OFCC for Ellen Page, as Best Breakthrough Performance (expected that one) and as Best Actress (she was my pick for that, but I've been on the minority on that category generally, so glad to see others felt as strong about her performance as I did). Rounding out the top five films were Zodiac (great film), Atonement (meh), and Michael Clayton ( I can live with that one). The top three films are all in my own top five, so I'm glad to see them make a strong showing with this group. Best Actor went to George Clooney for Michael Clayton; I have no quibbles with that one, as I generally enjoyed that film and think Clooney's performance in it is largely under-appreciated. Best Supporting nods went to Amy Ryan for Gone Baby Gone and Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men.

The complete press release, including a list of all the awards, is after the jump ...
categories Oscars, Cinematical