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  1. December 31, 2011

    I’m sure I left lots of movies off.
    I’m sure you’ll let me know what they are.

    Just hold off voting until I add whatever you request.

  2. Beau
    December 31, 2011

    Margaret. :)

  3. Jack
    December 31, 2011

    Could you please add Margaret and George Harrison: Living in the Material World (as it did have a brief theatrical release)?

  4. Jon
    December 31, 2011


  5. brandz
    December 31, 2011

    Gratefully, you forgot Bridesmaids.

  6. December 31, 2011

    all added.
    I feel bad about Margaret — as it’s not has enough shoddy careless handling already

  7. December 31, 2011

    I went for what I thought was the best, but since I’m an arrogant jerk the best and my favorites are basically identical. Need to see Margaret, though.

    1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    2. Young Adult
    3. Moneyball
    4. Take Shelter
    5. Tintin
    6. Margin Call
    7. Rango
    8. Midnight in Paris
    9. J. Edgar
    10. Rampart

  8. Julia
    December 31, 2011

    Casting my vote for The Turin Horse.

  9. Josh
    December 31, 2011

    No Carnage

  10. Tero Heikkinen
    December 31, 2011

    It’s 30 minutes before 2012 here, so I will vote now, but I will leave off titles like Hugo and The Artist even when I know they will be in my Top 10 once I get to see them.

  11. john b
    December 31, 2011


    not my favorite but would be in my top 10.

  12. Mattoc
    December 31, 2011

    Not sure how far you want to go Ryan

    Crazy, stupid, love

  13. December 31, 2011

    If Thor or Red State were there, i would have voted for them, but I know I may be their only fan. Plus, Another Earth would have earned my vote, too.

    Watching the results, I must say, Midnight in Paris would be a memorable Best Picture winner, for sure.

  14. December 31, 2011

    Thanks, guys
    those are all important movies.

    crazy stupid memory

  15. brandz
    December 31, 2011

    Thanks for adding Of Gods and Men. That’s easily my favorite of 2011. I think it’s a masterpiece.

  16. December 31, 2011

    Trying to be as all-inclusive and Big Tent as possible.

    That’s 90 movies so far. Each of them with a valid claim to being somebody’s favorite.

    I don’t wanna heard another word about this being a weak year for movies!

  17. MJS
    December 31, 2011

    How long is this running? I still have a lot to catch up on.

  18. December 31, 2011

    This poll won’t ever close.
    We’ll leave it active for weeks and weeks.

    We’ll take a tally in a few days and again in a couple of weeks.

    (The rankings typically begin to find their level within just a few hours)

  19. Mattoc
    December 31, 2011

    Young Adult is getting people panties in a bunch on this site too.

  20. December 31, 2011

    Voted! I think Drive may win this, and it deserves to win it… but whoa Tree of Life is topping the list right now and that seems a bit odd. I was there when it all began and there was barely mixed buzz. How does this film, with mixed to mediocre buzz, end up topping any lists? Is it just because it’s Terrence Malick or is there something that people are actually finding in it that I didn’t find after two viewings? Is Tree of Life really the best film of the year? Come on now.

  21. Mattoc
    December 31, 2011

    Sorry, I was reading alphabetically and missed Young Adult.

  22. Tero Heikkinen
    December 31, 2011

    Hello USA, it’s me from the future. 2012 is awesome, we have flying cars and all. Who knew?

  23. Michael D
    December 31, 2011

    No X-Men: First Class or The Beaver

  24. Mattoc
    December 31, 2011

    @Alex – I think hating and loving Tree of Life are both correct interpretations. For what the movie is attempting the say and how is says it – anything but mixed reactions would be a failure.

  25. Mat
    December 31, 2011

    Sleeping Beauty?

  26. Mattoc
    December 31, 2011

    Hey retro tero – you are actually from the past where I come from…

  27. toro913
    December 31, 2011

    1. Martha Marcy May Marlene
    2. A Separation
    3. Take Shelter
    4. Shame
    5. Rango
    6. Drive
    7. Senna
    8. Beginners
    9. Melancholia
    10. Tree of Life

    Just below: Cold Weather, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Certified Copy, Le Havre and Pariah

  28. December 31, 2011

    Wuthering Heights?

    House of Tolerance?

  29. December 31, 2011


    Into the Abyss?

  30. Jerry Grant
    December 31, 2011

    The Tree of Life will go down as one of the greatest films of all time. Not apologizing for that statement, and am quite confident about it.

  31. December 31, 2011

    good ones, Paddy M

  32. Jose P
    December 31, 2011

    Water for Elephants?
    It’s my #10 at the moment, (though I haven’t seen Moneyball or ELIC yet). Will this poll be up a while? I’d rather wait until I’ve seen the two movies.

  33. Patryk
    December 31, 2011

    Ryan, how about “A Better Life”

  34. December 31, 2011

    a better life. water for elephants. done.

  35. December 31, 2011

    Is it possible to add The Whistleblower and Cafe de Flore? (If the latter didn’t open in US yet, I’ll just throw a vote over to Incendies!)

  36. December 31, 2011

    absolutely Pat.
    I’ve heard great things about both those.

  37. Daren
    December 31, 2011


  38. December 31, 2011

    ack, I swear I have Tabloid here on my text list. it got skipped, but wasn’t forgotten.

  39. Jake Garza
    December 31, 2011

    Cars 2?

  40. Morgan
    December 31, 2011

    In no particular order…

    The Guard
    The Tree of Life
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
    A Separation
    Certified Copy

  41. December 31, 2011

    np, they’re on my list so I ain’t likely to forget them!

  42. December 31, 2011

    Adventures of tin tin
    african cats
    Cave of forgotten dreams
    dolphin tale
    rise of the planet of tbe apes
    margin call
    super 8
    x men first class

  43. December 31, 2011

    btw Ryan, you might wanna disable the ability to vote more than once before Scott and OCO get their hands on it and Harry Potter gets about 50% of the vote.

  44. December 31, 2011

    there’s supposed to be something built into the poll to prevent repeat voting. it’s pretty good but not foolproof. a good wizard could get around it.

  45. Mattoc
    December 31, 2011

    Yeah but Paddy M – HP7 is not children.

  46. Morgan
    December 31, 2011

    It does not matter what genre Harry Potter is. It is not a Best Picture nominee or a top 5 film of the year.

  47. December 31, 2011

    here’s another bar chart showing the rankings of the top 20 or so

    I’d be ok with those Top 10 as Oscar’s BP nominees.

  48. Mattoc
    December 31, 2011

    But Morgan, anyone can see Daniel Radcliffe, Emma and Ginger Nuts is adult, more than you even. Best of Summer Awards don’t you agree.

  49. m1
    December 31, 2011

    I refuse to vote until X-Men shows up.

  50. Carson Dyle
    December 31, 2011

    No Hanna?

  51. Morgan
    December 31, 2011

    Ok sure. But what does the fact that the actors are in their early 20s got to do with the quality of the film?

  52. David
    December 31, 2011

    I know it wasn’t a huge hit, with critics or at the box office, but I wish Gus Van Sant’s Restless had been included. It was my fifth favorite film of the year.

  53. December 31, 2011

    Hanna’s there, Carson.
    you made me double-check , but I was pretty I already listed Hanna & Source Code at the same time.

  54. Not Harrison Ford
    December 31, 2011

    No slots for Arthur Christmas, Winnie the Pooh and Horrible Bosses

  55. David
    December 31, 2011

    Oh, I now see Ryan can add films. Please add Restless. Thanks! :-)

  56. December 31, 2011

    are those really in your top 10?

    not judging, just curious.

  57. December 31, 2011

    m1, done.

  58. Brett McNeill
    December 31, 2011

    Fright Night, although I’ll be the only one voting for it

  59. David
    December 31, 2011

    Brett–though Fright Night isn’t quite in my top ten, I agree it’s a VERY good movie. Better than it will ever be given credit for. Colin Farrell’s performance as the vampire is so entertaining; so sleazy and magnetic and compelling. And the movie has a lot of artful touches. The one-shot, Children of Men-evoking car escape scene comes to mind.

  60. December 31, 2011

    Restless, Horrible Bosses, added
    it’ll take a minute for Fright Night to show up

  61. December 31, 2011

    Every time I come on the page, I can cast new votes, although maybe that’s just me…

  62. Mattoc
    December 31, 2011

    Not sure if Snowtown was released over there apart from the festival circuit. Not one of my fav’s but I’d imagine if would be in some people’s top 10.

  63. Addison
    December 31, 2011

    Higher Ground

  64. steve50
    December 31, 2011

    Funny, I had Incendies and Gods and Men on my list for last year.

  65. Mattoc
    December 31, 2011

    …and don’t you hate it when they stick together?

  66. David
    December 31, 2011

    Just to clarify: Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights didn’t come out in the U.S. at all this year, right? I know it did in England, so I’m not objecting to it on the poll or anything, but was there even a qualifying run stateside?

  67. Josh
    December 31, 2011

    Eh, same old, same old.

  68. December 31, 2011

    This is a weak year for movies. lol Seriously, how long is this going to be up? I wanna know if I have more time to see something good. I don’t want to have to vote for THOR or something. XD

  69. December 31, 2011

    I’m the same way with Incendies and Poetry.
    I can’t have them on my personal top 20 because I ranked them last year already.

    Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame too (though nobody cares about that but me)

    I have a movie from 2009 on my own top 20 — Clash, from the Philippines

  70. December 31, 2011

    ha, sticky movies
    Snowtown should be here. you’re right, Mattoc

    I think we’re maxed out though. It’s not letting me add more than 100 choices.

    To add anymore I’ll have to cut something. The titles with zero votes are Hescher, Sleeping Beauty, Tom Boy.

    or.. or I could delete Harry Potter? [ducks]

  71. Mattoc
    December 31, 2011

    Replace Daryl Hannah’s timeless masterpiece with Van Sant’s latest.

  72. Mattoc
    December 31, 2011

    I vote for Incendies for the cut, even though I voted for it.

  73. Natasha
    December 31, 2011

    I don’t even feel right voting in this poll since I can’t even come up with 10 titles I’m happy with and there is SO much out there as far as end of the year releases I haven’t seen. Unless I’m blown away by a few of the aforementioned unseen films, good BYE 2011! Yeah, there were some good titles, and bless the last HP movie, but on the whole, yeesh!

  74. Andrew Sidhom
    December 31, 2011

    Ryan, comparing this list to my chart of the Top 87 best reviewed movies released this year…

    These are the absentees:

    Uncle Boonmee
    The Mill and the Cross
    Point Blank
    In A Better World
    A Screaming Man
    Even The Rain
    Higher Ground
    Winnie The Pooh
    Life, Above All
    Arthur Christmas
    The Princess of Montpensier
    The Myth of the American Sleepover
    Kung Fu Panda 2
    Cold Weather
    The Hedgehog
    Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

  75. December 31, 2011

    ah, I can’t do that to Incendies.
    It has 22 votes and it’s so great.

    had to cut Tabloid loose.

  76. Andrew Sidhom
    December 31, 2011

    You can’t do more than 100? I posted my suggestions before I knew that. In that case, I think these should go:
    Albert Nobbs
    The Iron Lady
    Red State
    Restless (you have it listed as Reckless. That’s the one you meant right?)
    Sleeping Beauty
    Water for Elephants

  77. immature
    December 31, 2011

    1. The Tree of Life
    2. Certified Copy
    3. 13 Assassins
    4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    5. Hanna
    6. I Saw the Devil
    7. Jane Eyre
    8. Shame
    9. Hesher
    10. Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives

  78. December 31, 2011

    Andrew Sidhom

    That looks like a comprehensive list, for sure. (Tomboy is on the chart already)

    I left out Uncle Boonmee on purpose because I counted it last year — it was the Cannes winner in 2010, after all.

    there’s good argument that it should be included though.

    Those top 5 or 6 titles are all pretty important.

    I could add:
    Uncle Boonmee
    The Mill and the Cross
    Point Blank
    In A Better World

    But it would mean cutting some of these low-vote titles. (0-1 votes)

    Sleeping Beauty
    Water for Elephants
    House of Tolerance
    Nostalgia for the Light
    Wuthering Heights
    Cafe de Flore

    What do you guys think?
    Where’s Sophie? We need Sophie to make a choice.

  79. December 31, 2011

    I can change Reckless to Restless and it won’t alter its votes.

    It got 5 or 6 votes already (probably just from us talking it up — the power of AD discussion!)

  80. December 31, 2011

    hey, good work, Andrew — thanks for you help.

    where did you find your list to cross-reference?

  81. OCO 300
    December 31, 2011

    @Morgan Everyone knows HP:Dh 2 has a higher score and more reviews than any film this year on RT, BFCA, MC, also it broke records not only in the box office domestically and internationally but in DVD sales, and it was voted best movie of the summer, and it was known as the most anticipated film event of the year, and it ranked #1 in the box office and critics chart.

    Harry Potter might not going to win for one these critics of the Oscars cause they don’t care about the movie even though it was the best reviewed movie of 2011, they will always pick drama over fantasy first. It’s funny that the Help is in the top 5 which they got a 76% on rotten tomatoes and Harry Potter has a well score of 96%. The Oscar members will just over look Harry Potter and other films that have a great scores then list that I see, but the the Artist is a strong frontrunner to take the best picture gold.

  82. December 31, 2011

    We have to consider new additions that at least a few people have seen, and sacrifice the ones that aren’t generating interest

    I’m going to add these

    Uncle Boonmee
    Point Blank
    In A Better World

    and, much as I hate to.. drop these:

    Sleeping Beauty
    Water for Elephants
    House of Tolerance

    (I’m not gonna fuck with Albert Nobbs or Iron Lady. Fans of those movies are crayzeeeee!) :)

  83. OCO 300
    December 31, 2011

    Besides could anyone explain why HP:DH 2 was snubbed at all those best picture awards at those critic award shows, BFCA, Golden GLobes, and Oscars; even though it was released after Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, and Win Win?

  84. Bobby C
    December 31, 2011

    My 10 faves of 2011:
    1. Hugo
    2. Shame
    3. Drive
    4. Super 8
    5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    6. X-Men: First Class
    7. Martha Marcy May Marlene
    8. Moneyball
    9. The Descendants
    10. Thor

  85. Walter
    December 31, 2011

    Entered my votes but list is missing one of my favorites. Anyway, here’s my top 11 (since one is missing from list):

    01. The Artist
    02. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    03. Hugo
    04. The Descendants
    05. Insideous <—— not on list
    06. Shame
    07. The Help
    08. The Adventures of TinTiin
    09. Moneyball
    10. Drive
    11. Midnight in Paris

  86. Bobby C
    December 31, 2011

    My top 10 subject to change as there are at least 10 films in contention that I haven’t seen yet.

  87. December 31, 2011

    I think Midnight In Paris deserves the win for most delightful movie of the year. I’m pretty surprised to see it rank so highly but it was just so winsome and clever.

    @Ryan Adams: Did Adam Sandler piss on your lawn or something? Jeez, you can drop one of Pretty Boy Pitt’s for Jack and Jill, right?

  88. OCO 300
    December 31, 2011

    Paddy M., 1) I only voted once, thank you 2)Ryan Adams, I think she owes me and Bobby C an apology for think we might cheat. I mean has anyone ever cheated on a poll

  89. OCO 300
    December 31, 2011

    And Paddy M., I wasn’t the only one waiting in line in the opening weeked Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 2.

  90. BrandStrategyGuru
    December 31, 2011

    1. The Artist
    2. A Dangerous Method
    3. Shame
    4. The Skin I Live In
    5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    6. Weekend
    7. Martha Marcy May Marlene
    8. Warrior
    9. Young Adult
    10. A Separation

    Just below: Moneyball, The Descendants, Hanna, Drive, Hugo, Tinker Tailor Solder Spy, Harry Potter, Bridesmaids, The Ides of March, J Edgar, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, 50/50, Contagion

  91. Andrew Sidhom
    December 31, 2011

    “where did you find your list to cross-reference?”

    I made that list :) I update it all year long. It’s mainly based on the RT average ratings. I sent you guys a copy a couple of months ago by email, remember? You said you were trying to find a way to post it on the site but I guess you never got around to doing it.

  92. Fielding
    December 31, 2011

    Jesse Crall, why so surprised about Midnight in Paris? It was a great film that was very successful. It deserves to be up there.

  93. The Horse in War Horse
    December 31, 2011

    Where is MISS BALA? You fail to include the best film of the year?!!!

  94. December 31, 2011

    @Fielding: Oh I agree that it deserves to be up there and I put it on my top 10. It’s just that there’s been quite a bit of cynicism toward sweeter films and Woody Allen’s more recent work in general. I mean, it’s even beating The Artist right now, as well as more cinemaphile-sexy pictures like Melancholia or Shame…Although Sasha did do a recent post on Allen that certainly expressed why he’s such a treasure, so maybe some of us are sort of remembering what a pleasure Midnight In Paris was to watch.

  95. OCO 300
    December 31, 2011

    @The Horse in War Horse how is Miss Bala the best film of the year?

  96. Craig Z
    December 31, 2011

    OCO….. The Horse in War Horse is entitle to an opinion

  97. Mattoc
    December 31, 2011

    ..and OCO you weren’t there on opening weekend for HP. You were across the road at the Getting Your Kicks With Chicks With Dicks festival.

  98. Mattoc
    December 31, 2011

    @craig z – fair statement but that’s hysterical…

  99. December 31, 2011

    Miss Bala should’ve been on here.
    It’s one of a half-dozen titles I had listed that just got skipped when I was building the poll.

    I haven’t seen it, but really eager to. It reportedly rocks with its cock out.

  100. Craig Z
    December 31, 2011

    I know! That guys username makes all comments so silly!

  101. December 31, 2011

    You want to see something fun?

    I thought this was lost — but just now found it on the PollDaddy dashboard.

    How well do you think Awards Daily readers predicted this year’s Best Picture contenders? — back in February10 months ago.

    This poll is dated 2/8/2011

    You should all be impressed with yourselves. (hell, I’m impressed that we even knew all these titles.)

    The only funny groaners — look how low on the list we had Shame. And look how high we had Ides of March.

  102. OCO 300
    December 31, 2011

    @Mattoc I only asked a simple question, and I’m sorry if it upset you. And I would like an apology for that hasty comment you made about me. Don’t you think so Ryan Adams?

  103. brandz
    December 31, 2011

    Can we have a worst movies of the year listing too? I’ve got a few I’d like to single out. :)

  104. December 31, 2011

    I sent you guys a copy a couple of months ago by email, remember? You said you were trying to find a way to post it on the site but I guess you never got around to doing it.

    I remember… NOW I remember. You should’ve reminded me — my fault!

    but that’s ok. It’s still valid, and now maybe more accurate and more useful that ever, right?

    I’m looking at the charts you sent in August. Do you have jpgs like that now? with the updated numbers?

  105. Craig Z
    December 31, 2011

    Ryan, are we gonna do simulated ballots again this year?

  106. RG
    December 31, 2011

    Top 10 films of 2011
    1. harry potter dh part 2
    2. Girl with the dragon tattoo
    3. Hugo
    4. Bridesmaids
    5. Drive
    6. Moneyball
    7. Rise of the planet of tye apes
    8. Crazy stupid love
    9. Contagion
    10 super 8
    Honorable mentions: the help, war horse, source code,and x men

  107. December 31, 2011

    ok ok, enough teasing.

    Lay off my pal, OCO 300 & the other HP supporters, ok?
    He really really likes the movie he likes the most. Don’t we all?

    Now tell me more about this Chicks with Dicks Fest. Why didn’t I get that newsletter?

  108. December 31, 2011

    simulated ballots, yes yes, I think we are.
    I heard from Rob earlier today about that.

  109. Andrew Sidhom
    December 31, 2011

    Yeah I can send the updated charts, sure. Would it be better if I put all films on one list or separate foreign from US/UK films??

  110. OCO 300
    December 31, 2011

    Thanks Ryan

  111. December 31, 2011

    Andrew, it would be more useful if you isolated the films we know will be vying for Beat Picture this year.

    But don’t go to a lot of trouble rearranging or reformatting if you already have it charted another way.

  112. Jeremy C.
    December 31, 2011

    My ten favorites:

    #1) The Artist
    #2) 50/50
    #3) The Descendants
    #4) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    #5) Midnight in Paris
    #6) War Horse
    #7) Rango
    #8) Drive
    #9) Bridesmaids
    10) The Tree of Life

  113. Mattoc
    December 31, 2011

    Sorry OCO – it was more about amusing myself that having a go at you. I have defended HP insofar as calling the critics hypercritical and it should definitely be amongst any discussion on BP.

    My comment says more about me than you buddy!

  114. Alex
    December 31, 2011

    so can you only vote once?

  115. menyc
    December 31, 2011

    Last day of 2011 and I just saw A Separation. Absolutely my #1 of the year.

  116. December 31, 2011

    I’d rather see teasing than the usual brawling. Glad everybody is in such good spirits. Just don’t want anybody to feel ganged-up on, do we?

  117. Josh
    December 31, 2011

    OT: Just saw the first Oscar TV Spot featuring Billy Crystal during a New Years Eve program.

  118. December 31, 2011

    so can you only vote once?

    I hope that’s right. It might allow you to try, but I’ve tested the system, tried to trick it. Looks like it only counts my first ballot.

  119. john b
    December 31, 2011

    my top 10

    1) Drive
    2) Martha Marcy May Marlene
    3) Margin Call
    4) Take Shelter
    5) Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    6) Moneyball
    7) Midnight in Paris
    8) Warrior
    9) Tree of Life
    10) Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  120. December 31, 2011

    Where’s Sophie? We need Sophie to make a choice.


  121. Sasha Stone
    December 31, 2011

    Every time I come on the page, I can cast new votes, although maybe that’s just me…

    Yeah, really? Hey Ryan is there no way to not let voters vote twice? I actually have a different polling software we can use if so.

  122. Z Pajak
    December 31, 2011

    Perhaps this has already been noted — and if so, my apologies — but it appears that ‘Higher Ground’ is not listed as a choice

  123. ferdi
    December 31, 2011

    Tree of life
    Jane Eyre
    Albert Nobbs
    A dangerous method
    A Separation

  124. Aubrey
    December 31, 2011

    Shouldn’t films be ranked, like the Oscars? Rather than just 10, doesn’t position count?

    Also, if ranking, what about the 5% minimum rule, meaning any film failing to get 5% of no. 1 immediately disqualifies?

    My thoughts are just an acid test on how ranking, and the minimum percentage, impacts anyone’s list. Does it mean that polarizing films stand a better chance, versus very good but not number 1 in anyone’s list?

    This poll is based on one’s favorite, right? Not most likely to be nominated.

  125. December 31, 2011

    I tried voting twice for fun but it didn’t seem like the results changed.

    Is there a write-in version? There are a least a couple movies I would have included that weren’t on there actually. I don’t think 100 choices is enough. People are all over the place. Especially what with all the foreign films.

  126. December 31, 2011

    I tried voting twice for fun but it didn’t seem like the results changed.

    You tried that. I tried it. Sasha tried it.

    we’ve all been conducting these independent experiments unbeknownst to one another — and none of us can make a sneaky vote show up.

  127. December 31, 2011

    I don’t think 100 choices is enough. People are all over the place. Especially what with all the foreign films.

    This is just for fun. It’s not scientific.

    This is just clowning for the kids on a holiday weekend, me making balloon animals to keep restless guests entertained.

    Rob is going to work on one of his deluxe Simulated Oscar Ballots, so that we can see how the new rules play out.

  128. December 31, 2011

    ftr, If I’m going by the movies I’ve seen in the order I’ve listed them on my ongoing list for the year my top ten would be:

    1. Hugo
    2. The Skin I Live In
    3. Captain America
    4. Warrior
    5. The Rum Diary
    6. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    7. Limitless
    8. Attack the Block
    9. A Dangerous Method
    10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

  129. December 31, 2011

    Captain America!

    Was worried I’d be mocked for including Captain America on the poll — but it’s held its value in my memory since summer. It was truly one of the standout tent-poles of the year, yeah?

  130. Micheal
    December 31, 2011

    You forgot Jack and Jill, Bucky Larson, and Footloose……. : )
    (one of those films I actually liked, but not enough to actually vote for)

  131. December 31, 2011

    I thought it was perfect. But what do I know? lol

    I haven’t seen all the Oscar bait. But I’ve seen enough. And honestly if I had a ballot I would only feel comfortable nominating my top 4. That’s why I keep saying it’s a weak year. I don’t think I have 6 movies left to see that are supposed to be in the running, probably just SHAME, J. EDGAR and THE ARTIST. But I doubt if they’ll play here now. THE ARTIST will if it gets nominated but that’ll probably be Oscar weekend.

  132. christiannnw
    December 31, 2011

    It’s going to sound like a far out there complaint, but Footloose isn’t on the ballot! It’s not quite in my top ten, but I thought it was pretty terrific and by far the best film i’ve seen in a multiplex all year.

  133. Mel
    December 31, 2011

    This is fun. I haven’t seen many but I voted on what I have seen. It’s nice to see real voices expressed somewhere, b/c 9 times out of 10 the Academy is so out of touch when it comes to the Oscars anymore. Though I guess it always has been in most ways. They usually nominate a film or actor or two to keep me excited about the ceremony though.

    Really hoping for something for GWTDT and definitely pulling for Mara to plant as a dark horse.

  134. daveylow
    December 31, 2011

    I voted for a few films that I figured wouldn’t get many votes–Submarine, Source Code and Weekend. I am sick of thinking about most of the films being pushed for Oscars.

    I finally had a chance to see Tree of Life and was disappointed. Parts of the film were absolutely brilliant but there were whole sections that just didn’t work for me–most of them dealing with dinosaurs and creation.

  135. Evandro Lannuci Rêgo Magalhães
    December 31, 2011

    My list of the best ten movies of 2011:

    - The Artist;
    - The Descendants;
    - Drive;
    - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo;
    - The Help;
    - Hugo;
    - Midnight in Paris;
    - Moneyball;
    - The Tree of Life;
    - War Horse.

    I think this list will probably the list of films nominated for Best Picture in the Oscar race this year, 2012. Happy New Year Two Every One!

  136. Matthew D.
    December 31, 2011

    lol @ people being surprised that Tree of Life is topping lists. Take a quick look at the metacritic consensus, where it is absolutely destroying everything else:

  137. Josh
    December 31, 2011

    ^No, there won’t be 10 nominees.

  138. December 31, 2011

    you could add Columbiana

  139. Mark F.
    December 31, 2011

    1. Drive
    2. War Horse
    3. Midnight in Paris
    4. We Were Here
    5. Weekend
    6. The Artist
    7. Hugo
    8. The Descendants
    9. The Tree of Life
    10. Cave of Forgotten Dreams

  140. Binx
    December 31, 2011

    1. Midnight in Paris
    2. Incendies
    3. The Artist
    4. Cedar Rapids
    5. Moneyball
    6. Beginners
    7. Jane Eyre
    8. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
    9. Buck
    10. War Horse

    I think “Buck” should be added to the list.

  141. Brad Hawkins
    December 31, 2011

    Why has everyone forgotten The Conspirator? Was it the spring release date? The film is great and is making my Top 10 for the year. Robin Wright should be on the short list for Best Supporting Actress for it, as well as Newton Thomas Sigel for his fantastic cinematography. Am I alone on this one?

  142. Alfredo
    December 31, 2011

    I am part of the less than 1% that put The Muppets in his top 10!

  143. Joseph
    December 31, 2011

    Based on what I’ve seen as of 12/31:

    1. Hugo
    2. Weekend
    3. Red State
    4. The Artist
    5. Take Shelter
    6. Midnight in Paris
    7. Shame
    8. The Help
    9. Moneyball
    10. Margin Call

  144. December 31, 2011

    My top ten would be:

    1) The Tree of Life
    2) Beginners
    3) Drive
    4) Shame
    5) A Separation
    6) Hugo
    7) Certified Copy
    8 ) The Artist
    9) Midnight in Paris

    Honorable mentions: Le Quattro Volte, Poetry, Moneyball

  145. Jerry
    December 31, 2011

    The top ten of the year in my opinion:
    1) Shame
    2) Martha Marcy May Marlene
    3) Young Adult
    4) The Tree of Life
    5) Moneyball
    6) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
    7) Drive
    8 ) Hanna
    9) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    10) The Artist

  146. Daren
    December 31, 2011

    I am sad for no Tabloid, it was my number 4…anyways

    Tabloid :(
    Into the Abyss
    Another Earth
    Tree of Life
    Martha Marcy May Marlene
    Midnight in Paris

  147. December 31, 2011

    Very sorry about that, Daren.

    If it’s any consolation, your special mention of Tabloid will get more people interested to see it than if it had stayed on the chart and buried as the 87th or 93rd most popular movie, yeah?

    don’t frown

  148. Brad Hawkins
    December 31, 2011

    Haven’t seen The Artist yet, but am confident it will be on my Top 10, just not sure yet where. So UNTIL then, I’ll save it a spot.

    Here are my 10 in alphabetical order. Ranking will happen after seeing The Artist.

    The Artist
    The Conspirator
    The Descendants
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    The Ides of March
    The Tree of Life
    Win Win

  149. Robert Butler
    December 31, 2011

    Top Films so far

    1. Shame (d. Steve McQueen)
    2. The Tree of Life (d. Terrence Malick)
    3. The Descendants (d. Alexander Payne)
    4. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
    5. Melancholia (d. Lars Von Trier)
    6. Certified Copy (d. Abbas Kiarastomi)
    7. Le Quattro Volte (d. Michelangelo Frammartino)
    8. Bellflower (d. Evan Glodell)
    9. Poetry (d. Chang –done Lee)
    10. Into the Abyss (d. Werner Herzog)
    11. Of Gods and Men
    12. Martha Marcy May Marlene
    13. Take Shelter
    14. Margin Call
    15. Moneyball
    16. X-Men First Class
    17. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Left to see
    The Adventures of Tin-Tin, The Arbor, The Artist, Carnage, City of Life and Death, Le Havre, House of Pleasures, Life Above All, Margarat, Mysterious of Lisbon, Pariah, Pina, Road to Nowhere, A Separation, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tomboy, War Horse, Young Adult, We Need to Talk About Kevin

  150. DBibby
    January 1, 2012

    You can’t have everything, but The Arbor definitely would have gotten a vote from me. Nice to see Tree of Life not leading this poll anymore.

  151. Evan
    January 1, 2012

    This poll makes me a little sad– I wish we could do it in a few months when everyone could have seen some of the late arrivals. I imagine A Separation would shoot up the Results List.

    I’d also love to see a poll that asked which of these movies people have seen. Comparing such a poll to the percentages in this “Best of 2011″ poll would correct for calendar biases and answer the question, “Which movies were most enjoyed by those who saw them?”

  152. Scott
    January 1, 2012

    Deathly Hallows: Part 2
    Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Crazy, Stupid, Love
    Water for Elephants
    Super 8
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    War Horse
    Midnight in Paris
    Margin Call

    Still to see- Drive, Hugo, The Artist, and The Descendents

  153. AFK
    January 1, 2012

    Where’s Les Amours Imaginaires (Heartbeats)? It is one of the best of the year.

  154. Tero Heikkinen
    January 1, 2012

    This is just for fun. If we were to make a serious list, we would have to do 2011 in May 2012 or something. By that time people have seen enough foreign films and indies. Also many big films of 2011 have not opened worldwide either. So, Hugo and The Artist didn’t get my vote even when I know they will be on my Top 10. As of now – this system favours Summer films.

  155. Tero Heikkinen
    January 1, 2012

    A few comments up, I read that someone went to see A Separation on Dec. 31st and it immediately took #1 spot. That sounds like fun. See a great film on the last day of the year and see if it’s on your Top 10 (of the ones you saw that year).

  156. Scott
    January 1, 2012

    Well foreign films and indies rarely contend anyways, right? But yeah, those films that have already made it to DVD are somewhat favored because I’m sure most don’t have the money to see everything in theatres. Personally I’d say I typically don’t see more then 4 or 5 a year during their theatrical releases.

  157. Tero Heikkinen
    January 1, 2012

    That’s not true at all. A Separation would take a spot in Top 10 among AD readers, but it has not been seen by enough people yet.

    I hope we do another 2011 poll (the real one) sometime in April.

  158. Nily
    January 1, 2012

    1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    2. Margin Call
    3. Tintin
    4. A Dangerous Method
    5. War Horse
    6 Beginners
    7 50/50
    8 We Need to Talk About Kevin
    9 Rango
    10 Horrible Bosses

  159. chiefy
    January 1, 2012

    I watched Rundskop/Bullhead recently and liked it very much.

  160. HahaLives
    January 1, 2012

    So far.

    01- The Tree of Life
    02- This is Not a Film
    03- Mysteries of Lisbon
    04- Take Shelter
    05- A Separation
    06- Certified Copy
    07- The Muppets
    08- Melancholia
    09- Midnight in Paris
    10- Shame

  161. m1
    January 1, 2012

    I guess I need to get around to Drive then.

  162. OCO 300
    January 1, 2012

    @Mattoc apology forgiven

  163. January 1, 2012

    Why has everyone forgotten The Conspirator? Was it the spring release date?

    I don’t remember it at all. It was American?

  164. OCO 300
    January 1, 2012

    @Mattoc what about Kung Fu Panda 2…..I mean u added TinTin and The Muppets

  165. Brad
    January 1, 2012

    Could you add Anonymous and Kung Fu Panda 2. For better or worse they are in my top 10. THanks.

  166. Manuel
    January 1, 2012

    Ryan: you forgot Oslo 31 August

  167. January 1, 2012

    Brad, I wish we could add more titles, but the new format of the poll template I use will only allow a maximum of 100 titles. We filled all the special requests were able to do yesterday. Sorry about that.

  168. Dominik
    January 1, 2012

    Just for fun:

    1. Norwegian Wood
    2. The Artist
    3. Le Gamin au Vélo
    4. Melancholia
    5. Beginners
    6. Le nom des gens
    7. Tyrannosaur
    8. Submarine
    9. Jane Eyre
    10. Le Havre

  169. Leocdc
    January 1, 2012

    I have not seen the principal contenders of the year :/ So I vote for my actual top 10. 10 very good films, that I really love, but I have the feeling that my list will change a lot after see The Artist, Shame, Hugo, The Descendants and Moneyball.
    My top 10 so far.
    1. Warrior
    2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    3. Midnight in Paris
    4. Harry Potter 7.2
    5. A Separation
    6. The Help
    7. Win Win
    8. Rango
    9. I Saw the Devil
    The Tree of Life (I don’t know where to put it yet, the same that happens to me with Drive and MMMM).
    Greetings and Happy New Year from Chile :)

  170. Daren
    January 1, 2012

    This is very true Ryan. Plus, it let me vote for Midnight in Paris, which is a good back up.

  171. Nate
    January 1, 2012

    Wish we could do a Oscar ballot simulation

  172. GoldenRam
    January 1, 2012

    My top 10 below after seeing 90 something movies this year. I will never get people who enjoyed Tree of Life. I see way too many flaws in Midnight in Paris. Swedish Girl with Dragon Tattoo WASN’T made for TV, Moneyball was more boring than I hoped for, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was so ordinary, 50/50 was a downer, and Artist is trying way too hard:

    1. The Descendants
    2. Bridesmates
    3. Bill Cunningham New York (originally saw it in March 2010, so don’t know if really counts)
    4. The Skin I Live In
    5. Rio (not on ballot)
    6. Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol
    7. Source Code
    8. Vysotsky. Spasibo, Chto Zhivoi (not on ballot)
    9. Hanna
    10. Faust (not on ballot)

  173. January 1, 2012

    I know I’m a sole fan, but I really loved “Anonymous”. I don’t care if it was fictional and thwarted history . . . it was just a really entertaining movie, extremely well made, and contained really good acting.

  174. Nate
    January 1, 2012

    I guess we are getting one yay

  175. January 1, 2012

    Nate, pretty sure Rob’s gonna put that together for us.

  176. Casey
    January 1, 2012

    Can you please add Another Happy Day? I may be its only vote, but id love to vote for it in my top 10.

  177. Casey
    January 1, 2012

    1. tyrannosaur
    2. melancholia
    3. Young adult
    4. Another happy day
    5. The tree of life
    6. Bridesmaids
    7. Snow town
    8. Tabloid
    9. The girl with dragon tattoo
    10. The muppets

  178. January 1, 2012

    Is anyone else in support of me substituting Another Happy Day for Aurora (2 votes)?

    the only way to insert a movie at this point is to take another one off.

  179. Dane Marvin
    January 1, 2012

    IMO, it hasn’t been a weak year for movies (although it’s a weak year at the box office, they’re saying). I just haven’t found THE film to call my favorite of the year. For the first time ever, I don’t have ONE film that I’m clearly rooting for in the BP race. Right now, I’d be stoked if Hugo, The Descendants or Moneyball won BP and would be pretty happen if Midnight in Paris won it.

    Now, this could all change once I see: War Horse, The Artist & Dragon Tattoo.

  180. Dane Marvin
    January 1, 2012


  181. Tero Heikkinen
    January 1, 2012

    I think I get to start my 2012 by watching a controversial 2011 film. An Austrian film called Michael. This was much talked about at Cannes.

  182. January 1, 2012

    My top 10 from what I saw this year is standing at this:

    1. The Skin I Live In
    2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
    3. Red State
    4. Habemus Papam
    5. The Adventures of Tintin
    6. Melancholia
    7. Midnight in Paris
    8. Another Earth
    9. Thor
    10. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    out of curiosity…

    11. Attack the Block
    12. The People vs. George Lucas
    13. Cinema Verité
    14. Zeitgeist III: Moving Forward
    15. Paul
    16. Contagion
    17. Captain America: The First Avenger
    18. Source Code
    19. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (what a delightful little horror comedy!!!)
    20. Troll Hunter

  183. January 1, 2012

    Tero, after the movie, check out Sasha’s review from Cannes

  184. Tero Heikkinen
    January 1, 2012

    I read it back then. But now I’ll read it after I’ve seen the film.

  185. MIchelle
    January 1, 2012

    Midnight In Paris? I am old enough to remember great Woody Allen, and THIS is no where near great Woody Allen. This film was full of possibility….but only mad it as far as wasted opportunity. And for God’s sake, talk about beat me over the head with the exposition? And Rachel McAdams was horrendous!!

    What is this mass hypnosis everyone seems to be under? This extends to 50/50, Bridesmaids, The Help and Harry Potter…..all perfectly enjoyable but no were NEAR best picture standards of old.

  186. Scott
    January 1, 2012

    “What is this mass hypnosis everyone seems to be under? This extends to 50/50, Bridesmaids, The Help and Harry Potter…..all perfectly enjoyable but no were NEAR best picture standards of old.”

    I’d say this applies to Tree of Life more then any other.

  187. Tero Heikkinen
    January 1, 2012

    Scott: People will be talking about The Tree of Life in 2050. That’s one long hypnosis :D

  188. Scott
    January 1, 2012

    I really doubt that…

  189. Mattoc
    January 1, 2012

    I support the delisitng of Aurora, Certified Copy and Incendies. Basically any film that is ineligable…

    Kung fu Panda 2 will get an Oscar nomination, maybe two.

  190. Sam
    January 1, 2012

    My top 10 of 2011

    1. Warrior
    2. Moneyball
    3. Drive
    4. Bridesmaids
    5. Crazy Stupid Love
    6. The Adjustment Bureau
    7. 50/50
    8. Super 8
    9. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
    10. X-Men: First Class

    Here’s to 2012 and hoping for another great year in movies.

  191. Jasper
    January 1, 2012

    When does voting end? I want to play catch up but don’t know if I have the time.

  192. Jasper
    January 1, 2012

    If I were to vote now:

    1. The Tree of Life
    2, Love Exposure
    3. Drive
    4. Sleeping Beauty
    5. Incendies
    6. We Need to Talk About Kevin
    7. Martha Marcy May Marlene
    8. Melancholia
    9. Senna
    10. The Skin I Live In

    Please add Sleeping Beauty and Love Exposure the the poll.

  193. Mattoc
    January 1, 2012

    The problem with Tree of Life, and it is a problem, is Malick is a better thinker than a filmmaker.
    This is not a criticism of his filmmaking skills, but I think he is constrained by the medium.

    Having said that, it stands out as the greatest cinematic achievement of the year to me, and by a large margin.

  194. rufussondheim
    January 1, 2012

    Not to beat a dead horse or anything, but looking at the results of this poll makes me confidant that War Horse is struggling up hill for a Best Pic Nomination, and definitely for a Best Director Nod.

    If the SAG didn’t heavily nominate The Help, I’d be saying the same thing about that one.

    For those who don’t know what I am talking about, here are the current tallies for the films that have a realistic chance at a Best Pic nomination.

    1) Tree of Life
    2) Drive
    3) The Artist
    4) Hugo
    5) The Descendants
    Eight) Midnight in Paris
    9) Moneyball
    10) Bridesmaids
    16) HP8
    20) Beginners (I include this only because of Christopher Plummer who is the likely winner in the Best Supporting Actor category, and by the fact that a main character is about a 75 year old gay man, something there is probably a lot of in the Academy so it could have a lot of support that’s not been measured.)
    22) Dragon Tattoo
    24) The Help
    29) War Horse

    It’s uncommon for a film outside of the top 20 to get a Best Pic Nomination. And there’s been no year in which two “longshots” got a surprise nomination.

    And I’m liking Dragon Tattoo’s chances more and more even though the Academy doesn’t like FIncher as much as they probably should (Zodiac finished number 3 and went without a nomination) but I think Dragon Tattoo has more mass appeal than Zodiac. I also think that the new nomination procedures will help Dragon Tattoo. I am actually giving it a decent shot for a surprise Best Pic nomination.

    I don’t think there’s room for both The Help and War Horse, and, well, The Help has done better in the precursors up to this point.

  195. Seankgallagher
    January 1, 2012

    Bearing in mind I still haven’t seen In the Land of Blood and Honey, A Separation, Take Shelter, or War Horse yet, here are my top 10 of the year:

    -The Tree of Life
    -City of Life and Death
    -Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    -Meek’s Cutoff
    -The Trip
    -The Descendants
    -The Housemaid (not on ballot)
    -The Skin I Live In

    Overall, not quite as good as last year, but a pretty good year nonetheless.

  196. Jeremie
    January 1, 2012

    I could not vote for all of mine but here is my top ten of the year (with number 1 and 2 swapping places every day. Kill List is the most recent one I watched and I am still shell-shocked. The most surprising and astonishing film of the year for me)

    1 – A Separation
    2 – Kill List
    3 – Snowtown
    4 – Hors Satan
    5 – Melancholia
    6 – Wuthering Heights / Jane Eyre
    7 – Tree of Life / Le quattro volte
    8 – Drive
    9 – Cave of Forgotten Dreams
    10 – Super 8

    And for the rest it would go something like that:

    11 – Take Shelter
    12 – Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
    13 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    14 – Tyrannosaur
    15 – Les Bien-aimés
    16 – I Saw the Devil
    17 – Another Earth
    18 – Beginners
    19 – Shame
    20 – The Guard
    21 – L’Apollonide – souvenirs de la maison close
    22 – The Future
    23 – Hanna
    24 – Martha Marcy May Marlene
    25 – Pina / We Need to Talk About Kevin / Tomboy

  197. January 1, 2012

    (number 1 and 2 swapping places every day. Kill List is the most recent one I watched and I am still shell-shocked. The most surprising and astonishing film of the year for me)
    1 – A Separation
    2 – Kill List

    I might watch both of them tonight. I need a good jolt of cinema adrenaline to jumpstart the new year

  198. Jeremie
    January 1, 2012

    You’re in for a treat Ryan ;)
    Two very different films, but two of the great and powerful masterpieces of 2011 in my opinion, which will be remembered in future years. You couldn’t get a better jumpstart indeed. I hope you don’t know too much about Kill List. The less you know the better and the more unsettling. Enjoy!

  199. January 1, 2012

    I watched about 25 minutes of Kill List yesterday before I got interrupted. Something already happened that makes me realize I have no fockin clue what I’m in for.

    I haven’t read a single sentence of any review.

    I don’t even think we should discuss how little I know. (that’s a new year’s resolution)

  200. DBibby
    January 2, 2012

    I’m sorry I didn’t see A Separation before I voted. It’s now my #2 film of the year.

  201. Goodness Gracious
    January 2, 2012

    I’m more or less irritated to see Drive at the top. Less surprised as time goes on, but I really wish I could understand what anyone found appealing about that movie.

    My 10 as it stands now: I have not seen The Artist, but I’ve seen most other main contenders.

    1. Beginners
    2. Another Earth
    3. Pariah
    4. Shame
    5. Ides of March
    6. The Future
    7. Harry Potter …
    8. Midnight in Paris
    9. The Descendants
    10. Melancholia

    Honorable mentions: Dragon Tattoo, Take Shelter, Hugo and The Help. (Although Hugo might move up my list once I see it in 2D. I think a lot of my issues with the film were really issues with 3D.)

  202. Tero Heikkinen
    January 2, 2012

    I have Kill List up next. Have heard good things about it, but I have also heard that it’s very similar to A Serbian Film (which I didn’t like that much)… We’ll see.

  203. January 2, 2012

    It’s rough, Tero.

    I had planned to re-watch A Separation last night as my first movie of 2012. But now thanks to Jeremie I have this nightmare.

    Can’t even sort out how I feel about it yet. It’s in my top 20, I know that. Not sure if it’s near the top, but made a big impact on my head. Still reeling.

    Don’t read anything about it. Don’t read comments here about it either. (Twitter had almost spoiled it for me last week)

  204. Edward Douglas
    January 2, 2012

    Blackthorn, please!

  205. edkargir
    January 2, 2012


    1. The Artist
    2 A Dangerous Method
    3 Win WIN
    4 Midnight in Paris
    5 Hugo
    6 Into The Abyss
    7 The Descendents
    8 Moneyball
    9 Warrior
    1o Point Blank

  206. steve50
    January 2, 2012

    #’s 1-8, then 12 and 13, and I’m happy. What a perfect world it would be if the real race was between our 1st and 2nd placers.

  207. Corey
    January 2, 2012

    my top 5

    1. War Horse
    2. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
    3. Warrior
    4. Drive
    5. Contagion

  208. Jeremie
    January 2, 2012

    Ha sorry Ryan. It probably makes it up for forcing my friends to watch I Saw The Devil following your passionate comments, and now having half of them not talking to me any more ;)

    It is rough indeed. But what an unpredictable journey it also is.
    Did you check behind your mirror?

    I’ve currently got it at number 1-2 for this year, but I also know I saw the film recently, and it will need to settle and see how it supports repeated viewings. But no other films I saw this year put in this kind of uncomfortable unnerved state. And I can’t stop thinking about it.

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