San Francisco Film Critics Name Tree of Life Best Picture

Best Picture
“The Tree of Life”
Best Director
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”

Best Original Screenplay
J.C. Chandor, “Margin Call”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Best Actor
Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Best Actress
Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, “Drive”
Best Supporting Actress
Vanessa Redgrave, “Coriolanus”
Best Animated Feature
Best Foreign Language Film
“Certified Copy”
Best Documentary
Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life”
Special Citation for underappreciated independent cinema
The Mill and The Cross


  1. Scott 4 years ago

    Of course San Francisco would…

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  2. Cole Ansier 4 years ago

    Yes, Tree of Life! Completely deserving. An unforgettable film experience.

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  3. Scott 4 years ago

    Nice to see Gary Oldman FINALLY getting some due recognition though!

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  4. Simon V 4 years ago

    Hell yes Tilda Swinton. Now let’s keep this ball rolling.

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  5. Cole Ansier 4 years ago

    Tilda the great!!!

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  6. Sean W. 4 years ago

    This is what Oscars should look like.

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  7. Gabriel D. 4 years ago

    Yea for Vanessa Redgrave.

    Now, the second (well-deserved and overdue) Oscar please! (+ the zionest controversy haha)

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  8. Deena Jones' wig 4 years ago

    The Tree of Lies

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  9. Matt Neglia 4 years ago

    I’m starting to believe Malick ha a shot at getting the big statue come February. It’s either between him or Hazanavicious. Thoughts?

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  10. Benjamin Forestieri 4 years ago

    Damn I’m loving all their choices. Long live art-house snobbery!

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  11. Gustavo 4 years ago

    I hope Tilda Swinton gets her second nomination. Very unlikely to win though…

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  12. Clayton 4 years ago

    It’s about time The Tree of Life wins a Best Picture award. Hoping it gets an Oscar nom, and Malick, of course

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  13. JP 4 years ago

    In my directors predictions, I have:

    – Hazanavicus
    – Payne
    – Spielberg
    – Scorcese

    Think those 4 are locks. Right now I have Daldry as my 5th. For Malick to enter this race, Extremely Loud needs to be a flop. Otherwise, he’s out.

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  14. Outtabucks 4 years ago

    Ah tides are swaying to The Tree of Life. Can’t blame critics. I don’t know if its the safe choice or not. I would say The Descendants was a safe choice… But should have known Hugo and The Artist were a bit of a long shot. I’m still Scorcese for director but I’m starting to sway towards the tree for best pic.

    San Francisco choices are a bit non conforming? Surprisingly pleasant though 😀

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  15. Robert A. 4 years ago

    @ Matt Neglia

    No, I don’t think Malick has much of a chance of winning best director at the Oscars. Right now he’s still fighting for a nomination. If he does get nominated, I think his direction and the movie itself are just not mainstream enough to pull off a win. Right now Hanazavicius or Scorcese look like the safest bets, although a lot could change by then. The awards season is still young.

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  16. Ryman 4 years ago

    Gary Oldman and Albert Brooks FTW! Talk about an awesome day it’s been. Also congrats to Terrence Malick with two directors wins. Seems to me he has a chance. :)

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  17. JP 4 years ago

    Very few times in history Best Picture and Directing have gone to diferent films. To make room for this kind of split, it has to be a VERY VERY special situation.

    Polanksi is a brilliant director with a WWII film, Ang Lee had won all the awards that season along with his film, Sodebergh was nominated for 2 films…. Even Social Network, who swept all the critics awards wasn’t able, won the BFCA, the Globes wasn’t able to make that split happen, I don’t think Tree of Life will. It’s not even a lock for the BP nomination.

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  18. Cole Ansier 4 years ago

    I don’t think The Artist is a long shot. I think it’s still clearly one of the top 3 front-runners.

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  19. JP 4 years ago

    I’m assuming Tree of Life has no shot at Best Picture. Only 5 films could win: Artist, Hugo, Descendants and the two tearjerkers… after king’s speech… anything can happen: War Horse and ELIC.

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  20. Antoinette 4 years ago

    I’m wondering how much this spreading of recognition actually has to do with preference. I just get the sense that people didn’t have time to really let all the movies sit in their minds and decide which one they really liked best. That’s just a feeling of course. It’d also be interesting to know how the order this awards came in influenced them. Meaning had Detroit and San Francisco gone earlier would they have awards The Artist, but then when it looked to be steamrolling did they decided to award something else?

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  21. Scott 4 years ago

    Yeah, though I could see an Artist/Hugo or Artist/War Horse split. Of course we haven’t heard much of War Horse yet but you’d be foolish to underestimate the legendary Spielberg.

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  22. Scott 4 years ago

    Clearly if anyone can garner an award for director without their picture winning it would be Scorsese or Spielberg right? Spielberg has done it once already…

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  23. JP 4 years ago

    ”I’m wondering how much this spreading of recognition actually has to do with preference. I just get the sense that people didn’t have time to really let all the movies sit in their minds and decide which one they really liked best. ”

    You’re just right. It has nothing to do with preference. You will see this perfectly clear when the Critics Choice noms come out this week. Then compare the BP nominees with the rank of the highest-rated films of the year according to their own reviews.

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  24. Habsburg 4 years ago

    Love their citation for The Mill and the Cross.

    Best Actress Tilda Swinton. You go for another nomination, you deserve it after Julia and I Am Love.

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  25. alexg 4 years ago

    Will Daldry go 4 for 4? That would be something else.

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  26. Ryman 4 years ago

    Scott, once again I agree with you. You’re totally right about Spielberg. No one should underestimate him. Plus War Horse looks damn good.

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  27. jorge 4 years ago

    i hope tilsa swinton gets her second nominations instead of charlize theron, im cant forget her amazing role as JULIA

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  28. Sean 4 years ago

    Tilda the magnificent. In a perfect world, she’d win the Oscar this year. As she should have done for JULIA and I AM LOVE – a masterpiece.

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  29. Macy 4 years ago

    OMG!!! Gary Oldman actually won something!!!

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  30. Sean 4 years ago

    Going out on a limb for oscar predictions –

    Film: The Artist
    Director: Scorcese, Hugo
    Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants
    Actress: Meryl Streep, Iron lady
    Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, The Beginners
    Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, Tree of Life (Redgrave should win, but her 1977 Zionist hoodlum speech has not faded with the years, unfortunately)

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  31. Jack 4 years ago

    Yes! Tree of Life! Oldman! Swinton!

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  32. steve50 4 years ago

    and the day keeps getting better: Oldman and Redgrave, Swinton, Margin Call. Don’t thnk that Tree of Life’s successes will translate into anything more, but happy to see them just the same.

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  33. micahs 4 years ago

    So happy for oldman. Definitely should be getting more recognition. I’m a little bummed about dicaprio not getting much attention.

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  34. daveylow 4 years ago

    I’d much rather see Redgrave get another Oscar than see Chastain win.

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  35. K. Bowen 4 years ago

    Great film.

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  36. Someone 4 years ago

    The worst choice so far for best picture.

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  37. Beth Stevens 4 years ago

    These are wonderful. I hope Tree of Life can continue this trend and score Oscar nominations for picture, director, Chastain, Pitt, Lubezki.

    Also very pleased to see Tilda take another award. San Francisco got it right!

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  38. C138 4 years ago

    Glad to finally see Gary Oldman get some recognition. I hope the Golden Globes and SAG can help him out here since most critics aren’t so far.

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  39. manrico 4 years ago

    Hooray for Oldman, Tilda and Redgrave!!! These are my hopes for Oscar.

    I am conflicted on supporting actor. I loved Albert Brooks in DRIVE, but I would be ecstatic if Plummer wins the Oscar.

    Before Plummer got nominated for LAST STATION a couple years ago, I thought he was the finest actor (still working) without even a nomination. Now I think that is Gary Oldman.

    The best actor ever who died without a nomination was Edward G. Robinson.

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  40. Aaron 4 years ago

    The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick, Tilda Swinton, Gary Oldman, Vanessa Redgrave….GREAT PICKS!!!!

    And can I say, as much as I loved Drive, I do not understand the overwhelming love for Albert Brooks. He was fine, but in no way did I leave the theater screaming OSCAR! I’m going to be a bit disappointed if this is the only recognition Drive receives at the Oscars.

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  41. Tero Heikkinen 4 years ago

    It’s great to see The Tree of Life winning accolades, but we must remember that it will not last for Oscars. Films like this can not win there.

    Cinematography is TToL’s Best Picture.

    War Horse has been absent with critics, but that is more of an Oscar movie. ELAIC, too. Sad to say, but Oscars are “easy”.

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  42. Koleś 4 years ago

    So happy that Oldman finally got mentioned somewhere. A few more days without any awards (or even nominations for that matter) and I would have been bye bye Oscar for Gary once again. Very glad to see him still in the game. Next stop – GG nod, fingers crossed.

    When it comes to Brooks, I’m very happy that he’s so much love for his part in “Drive”. People tend to say that the role is OK, but nothing oscar worthy. I suggest that these people should watch the movie again. Brooks plays his Bernie Rose on very subtle tones, but still is very precise. The character has a lot of humanity and hidden sadness in him, and Brooks captures that subtle midtone perfectly. If you’re looking for something as flashy and over the top as the last three winners (Landa, Joker, Chighur) you’ll not find it. But still IMHO this is a very oscar-worthy performance.

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  43. Mattoc 4 years ago

    Malick is to American film what JD Salinger was to literature. Hollywood were queuing up a mile deep to work with him on The Thin Red Line. Clooney said he would carry his equipment to be in the film, no wage necessary. He is an enigma and a recluse in Hollywood terms, but is getting more prolific. He may turn up this time for the Oscars this time.

    Imo – there is no way he won’t be nominated for BD, and I cannot see that it won’t be nominated for BP. This is not some little art house flick that is not accessible to mainstream audiences. This picture is HUGE, with the most accessible of narratives there is – life unfolding before our eyes. It’s not abstract, there are no tricks. It may appear surreal because life is surreal.

    I cannot see it getting anything less than 5 noms, and it could balloon out to to 7-8.

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  44. lilli 4 years ago


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  45. GoOnNow 4 years ago

    Tilda scores again!

    So according to the 100 different critics awards, for now it’s: Tilda, Streep and Williams, interesting indeed.

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  46. Mattoc 4 years ago

    I think Tilda’s performance was great. The problem imo is that the movie is just not very good as a whole. Individually the scenes almost work – but there was no balance. The main performances, apart from Swintons were misguided to say the least. What film did they think they we’re making? Talk about Miller and Duer’s Captain Obvious, and Reilly’s Captain Stupid performances. Maybe it was the direction, less likely the editing.
    Miller’s last scene I thought was brilliant though – and more subdued than the previous scenes. It must have been the direction.

    I wish there was an ‘Elephant’ in the room…

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  47. Susan 4 years ago

    I love San Francisco! :)

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  48. Manuel 4 years ago

    San Francisco got it right dude!

    LOVE Tilda, Tree of Life, Maring Call and of course Gary Oldman!

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  49. Bobby C 4 years ago

    The Tree of Life for Best Picture? Zzzzzzzz….wake me up when it’s over…..

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  50. Ed Kargir 4 years ago

    Tree of Life is a bore

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  51. James 4 years ago

    Regarding Vanessa Redgrave, found this bit of trivia on IMDB:

    “Along with Claude Rains (for Mr. Skeffington), Kate Winslet (for Iris) and Mare Winningham (for Georgia), she is the only performer to be nominated for a SUPPORTING Oscar (for Julia) for playing the TITLE ROLE in a movie. Redgrave is the only one to win.”

    (Although I must say, Claude Rains was every bit the lead star in Mr. Skeffington.)

    Vanessa also won the best actress award at Cannes TWICE, plus the triple crown: Oscar, Tony, Emmy.

    I want her to win her 2nd Oscar this year, plus Ralph Fiennes getting nominated (or even winning too).

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  52. Sam Juliano 4 years ago

    THE TREE OF LIFE is absolutely the best film of 2011, and overall these San Francisco choices are worth cheering.

    Hooray for Vanessa Redgrace and the special citation to THE MILL AND THE CROSS.

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  53. Keifer 4 years ago

    Congratulations to the SF Critics. Your choices rock. I am more pleased with these selections than any other groups’ choices this year.

    Oldman, Swinton, Plummer, Redgrave. Now . . . if AMPAS would only duplicate this annointing, I would be one happy camper.

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  54. Archie 4 years ago

    Yeah finally Oldman and Redgrave -Prick up your ears AMPAS !!!!!

    I love San Francisco

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