No Country for Old Men was handed the London Film Critics' Circle best film gong in London last night.
The Coen Brothers' movie, a dark crime thriller about the unpleasant consequences of stumbling across dead bodies and drugs, also saw Kelly MacDonald take the best supporting actress award.
Vanessa Redgrave shared that plaudit for her role in Atonement, which largely missed out apart from James McAvoy's best British actor of the year prize.
The best British actress was Julie Christie for Away From Her, while Paul Greengrass was awarded best British director for The Bourne Ultimatum.
Joy Division biopic Control did well, winning three awards. Director Anton Corbijn took the breakthrough film-making award, Sam Riley took the breakthrough actor gong and the movie itself took the Attenborough film of the year award.
Meanwhile Julie Walters received the Dilys Powell award for an outstanding contribution to the cinema.
In the international section There Will Be Blood took two awards. Hotly-tipped Oscar favourite Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor while Paul Thomas Anderson was adjudged best director.
Marion Cotillard took the best actress gong for her role in La Vie en Rose.