Critics Awards

BEST FILM –
WINNER: THE ARTIST
DRIVE
HUGO
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
THE TREE OF LIFE

BEST DIRECTOR –
Winner: Nicolas Winding Refn, DRIVE
Martin Scorsese, HUGO
Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Terrence Malick, THE TREE OF LIFE
Woody Allen, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

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Best Picture
The Tree of Life

Best Director
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life

Best Actor
Michael Shannon – Take Shelter

Best Actress
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn
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Winners selected tonight from the nominees announced on Saturday

Best Picture

  • The Descendants, Fox Searchlight

Best Director

  • Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive

Best Actor

  • Michael Fassbender, Shame

Best Actress

  • Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

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VFCS 2011 Sierra Award Winners

Best Picture
“The Artist”

Best Director
Nicholas Winding Refn, “Drive”

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

Best Actress
Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn”

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, “Drive”

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”

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Hugo and The Artist lead the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards with 11 nominations each.

BEST PICTURE
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse
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(thanks Paul8148)

Picture: Tree of Life

2. Drive
3. Pariah
4. Rampart
5. Shame
6. Moneyball
7. The Descendants
8. A Better Life
9. My Week With Marylin
10. The Help

Best Director: Steve McQueen (Shame)

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2011 SLFC Awards Nominees

Best Film
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
My Week With Marilyn
Tree of Life

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Terrence Malick for Tree of Life
Alexander Payne for The Descendants
David Fincher for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive

Best Actor
Ryan Gosling for Drive
George Clooney for The Descendants
Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Michael Fassbender for Shame
Brad Pitt for Moneyball

Best Actress
Viola Davis for The Help
Rooney Mara for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Saoirse Ronan for Hanna
Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene
Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn
Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady

Best Supporting Actor
John Hawkes for Martha Marcy May Marlene
Albert Brooks for Drive
John Goodman for The Artist
Alan Rickman for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Jonah Hill for Moneyball

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The Indiana Film Journalists Association has named The Artist best picture of 2011, also awarding it best director for Michel Hazanavicius and best score for Ludovic Bource.

Best Film of the Year
Winner: The Artist
Runner-up: The Descendants

Other Finalists: Coriolanus, Drive, Hugo, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Muppets, The Skin I Live In, Super 8, The Tree of Life
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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”

1.  BEST PICTURE

  • THE ARTIST
  • THE DESCENDANTS
  • HUGO
  • TAKE SHELTER
  • THE TREE OF LIFE

 
2.  BEST DIRECTOR

  • MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS – THE ARTIST
  • TERRENCE MALICK – THE TREE OF LIFE
  • JEFF NICHOLS – TAKE SHELTER
  • MARTIN SCORSESE– HUGO
  • NICHOLAS WINDING REFN – DRIVE

 
3.  BEST ACTOR

  • GEORGE CLOONEY– THE DESCENDANTS
  • JEAN DUJARDIN – THE ARTIST
  • MICHAEL FASSBENDER – SHAME
  • BRAD PITT – MONEYBALL
  • MICHAEL SHANNON – TAKE SHELTER

 
4.  BEST ACTRESS

  • VIOLA DAVIS – THE HELP
  • FELICITY JONES – LIKE CRAZY
  • MERYL STREEP – THE IRON LADY
  • CHARLIZE THERON – YOUNG ADULT
  • MICHELLE WILLIAMS – MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

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BEST PICTURE: THE ARTIST

BEST DIRECTOR – MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS for The Artist

BEST ACTOR: BEST ACTOR – MICHAEL SHANNON for Take Shelter (runners-up: MICHAEL FASSBENDER for Shame and GARY OLDMAN for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)

BEST ACTRESS – MERYL STREEP for “The Iron Lady”

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST – BRIDESMAIDS

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  • Best Picture: THE ARTIST (close seconds: HUGO and MARGARET)
  • Best Director: Martin Scorsese for HUGO. Close runner-up: THE ARTIST.
  • Best Actor: Brad Pitt for MONEYBALL Runners up: George Clooney for THE DESCENDANTS, Michael Fassbender for SHAME
  • Best Actress (another competitive one!): Michelle Williams for MY WEEK WITH MARILYN.
  • Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks for DRIVE
  • Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy for BRIDESMAIDS. Jeannie Berlin: close second for MARGARET

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Tomorrow, the New York Film Critics Online and the Boston Film Critics will announce, along with the Los Angeles Film Critics.   They should all drop around the same time.  The LA Film Critics have a twitter and they said they’ll be tweeting their awards LAFilmCritics they say it will be “category by category, approx. 10am to 2:30 p.m. PT tomorrow.”  The New York Film Critics Online also have a Twitter, @nyfco2011 and they are voting around 11am PT.  So it will be a busy morning.  Boston, I’m not sure what time their votes come down.   But their Twitter is @TheBSFC.

Starting with the New York Film Critics online, they have only matched Best Picture with Oscar once in their entire history and that was for Slumdog Millionaire. They picked The Social Network over the King’s Speech, Avatar over The Hurt Locker, There Will Be Blood and Diving Bell and the Butterfly over No Country for Old Men, The Queen over The Departed, The Squid and the Whale over Crash, Sideways over Million Dollar Baby, and Lost in Translation over Return of the King. So the chances of their picking a film that will go on to win Best Picture is mighty slim. I’m going to bet they go with either Melancholia or Tree of Life.

Meanwhile, Boston is a little more reliable, Oscar-wise.  Although they too opted for The Social Network over the King’s Speech last year, you have to go back to Brokeback to find a year they didn’t agree with Oscar about Best Picture.  They even went with The Departed (although how could they not).  The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire.  Prior to Brokeback, they rarely matched with Oscar – it was Sideways, Mystic River, The Pianist, Mulholland Drive, Almost Famous, etc. You have to go all the way back to 1993 when it was Schindler’s List to find a match.

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They’ve only been around since 1975, but Los Angeles has, in its own funny way, carved out its own identity from the New York critics — perhaps part of that nowadays is due to the New York Times critics, inexplicably, not being part of the New York Film Critics circle. The New York Times. Also, we sort of deal in a more global film criticism community now so how do we start to distinguish one from the other? There is so much overlap. People who write about films and Oscars also vote in awards like the Critics Choice and the New York Film Critics Online and the Online Film Critics. The Critics Choice have always been a bit strange to me — simply because the people who vote on them are people like me —  Kris and David Poland and Jeff Wells and every Tom, Dick and Harry out there – that they refer to themselves as “critics,” is misleading.   I would never call myself a critic, for instance, which is why I never have joined that group.  I am a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists — and I and I can barely call myself a journalist.  If the BFCA called themselves Broadcast Film Critics and Bloggers that would more accurately reflect their voting membership.  As it is, they aren’t critics, and you are not a cop.

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HUGO

NAMED 2011 BEST FILM OF THE YEAR BY
THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW

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2011 Gala to be held on
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
hosted by Natalie Morales

New York, NY – (December 1, 2011) – The National Board of Review has named HUGO the 2011 Best Film of the Year.  Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film was released on November 23rd by Paramount Pictures.
Below is a full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:
Best Film: Hugo
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants
Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Best Original Screenplay: Will Reiser, 50/50
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Best Animated Feature: Rango
Breakthrough Performance: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy
Breakthrough Performance: Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Debut Director: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Best Ensemble: The Help
Spotlight Award: Michael Fassbender (A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class)
NBR Freedom of Expression: Crime After Crime
NBR Freedom of Expression: Pariah
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Documentary: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Special Achievement in Filmmaking: The Harry Potter Franchise – A Distinguished Translation from Book
to Film
 
Top Films
(in alphabetical order)
 
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Ides of March
J. Edgar
Tree of Life
War Horse

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Tomorrow, the National Board of Review announces its top ten.  Although the New York Film Critics stole their thunder, and many of my colleagues write them off as being irrelevant, it’s hard not to notice their track record.  They’ve been awarding films headed for Best Picture for many a decade.  It’s extremely rare to win the NBR and not at least be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. The same can’t be said for either the NYFCC or LAFCA.  Like them or not, they are one of the most powerful predictors of the Oscars.

Last year, when the Social Network swept the awards, it became the first time one film won as many NBR awards but didn’t go on to win the Best Picture Oscar.  Let’s not rehash it.

They seem to love Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg.  This is why I think War Horse will win the National Board of Review tomorrow and Steven Spielberg Best Director, launching it into the race, if it wasn’t in the race already.  The only other film I think might win would be The Artist.  The Descendants has a chance too. Anything else winning would be a surprise.

My No Guts, No Glory pick for Best Picture at the NBR is Moneyball, which has virtually no shot.

For BEST ACTOR I think it will be either Brad Pitt for Moneyball or George Clooney for The Descendants.  BEST ACTRESS I think is either going to be Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady or Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn.  SUPPORTING ACTRESS I think will be Jessica Chastain again, and Supporting Actor I will guess Albert Brooks again.

If you’d like to enter our contest predicting the NBR you may do so HERE. If you already entered in the previous contest, you don’t have to do it twice.  CLICK HERE

My top ten predictions and the films that have been nominated for the National Board of Review after the cut.

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After all of their drama about changing their date and forcing the Dragon Tattoo to be screened too early, in the end the awards, for the most part, were fairly predictable.  The Artist was my early prediction, I then switched it to Tree of Life and then to Moneyball!  All three films figured prominently.  Getting the biggest boost, though, is Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life and Bennett Miller’s underdog, Moneyball.  Along with the Artist, you’re looking at three of the best reviewed films of the year (not counting Harry Potter, which would be among them).  That Moneyball earned an acting award for Pitt and a screenwriting prize for Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zallian puts it into contention where it was only a hopeful contender prior to that.  Now people will look at it differently, pay more attention to it, and hopefully understand why it earned such high praise.

My third viewing of Moneyball the other night affirmed what I thought the first time I saw it. It is a tightly written script, an elegantly acted ensemble and Bennett Miller’s best directing to date.  It’s too much to hope it actually WINS Best Picture, but to see it nominated would almost be reward enough.

Tree of Life, which I personally felt was down for the count, comes roaring back with the Sight and Sound critics poll, and now, the major awards at the New York Film critics – Supporting Actress, Cinematography and Actor.

But of course, the winner of the day was Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. as The Artist showed up on the Spirit Awards list and collected Picture and Director at the New York Film Critics.  Imagine that.  It is surely to win the Los Angeles Film Critics too and join that list of films that won both — we’re then left to ponder certain scenarios. Does The Artist win big like The Hurt Locker, taking all three, including the Artist? Or does it become the critics darling, like Social Network last year where another film takes the top prize at the Oscars?  We’ll have to wait and see.

The Weinstein Co. also got a nice showing for Meryl Streep for the Iron Lady and Michelle Williams, nominated for a Spirit Award.

Here are the films that have won both Director and Picture at the NYFCC:

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You can follow their twitter feed, @NYFCC2011 for updates. But we’ll be posting the winners here.

  • Best Picture: “The Artist”
  • Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius for “The Artist”
  • Best Screenplay: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin for “Moneyball”
  • Best Actor: Brad Pitt for “Moneyball,” and “Tree of Life”
  • Best Actress: Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady”
  • Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks for “Drive”
  • Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain for Tree of Life, The Help and Take Shelter
  • Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for “Tree of Life”
  • Best First Feature: Margin Call
  • Best Documentary: Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  • Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation

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The New York Film critics will announce their awards tomorrow. The last film to screen for them was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was not ready in time and the filmmakers chose not to rush it — as in, what many of us on the web are calling, a needless pressure cooker invented by the New York Film Critics just to get there first. First isn’t always best, as losing my virginity back in 1983 will confirm. One of the problems with the National Board of Review, I might inform my friends in the NYFCC, is that they are premature in their choices for what is best of the year and often reflect back the earlier Oscar scenario.

It was extremely rare for the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics, the LA Film Critics, the National Society of Film Critics, the Southeastern Film Critics, the Critics Choice, the Golden Globe all to pick one film last year. In all of the years I’ve been on the Oscar beat I’ve never seen it happen. As time wears on, it’s already abundantly clear that the critics were right; the industry was wrong. Of course, as David Fincher himself says, it was apples and oranges. Some people like oranges and some like apples. Some people just have different tastes. It was so rare for a filmmaker to have the nerve to make a movie about an unlikable hero with no redeeming character traits – it hit straight into the heart of human nature to a profound and elegant degree; it remains a perfect film. However, what it lacked was the emotional component. The Oscar race is like a love affair. You fall briefly but passionately in love. A relationship, even if it’s the “right one” without passion feels wrong somehow. So it’s no wonder the PGA, the DGA and the Academy all voted with their hearts last year. But that was a story that’s already been told. 2011’s hasn’t.

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Tom O’Neil’s Gold Derby has released a set of predictions for the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, however, for how a group of Oscar pundits think the awards might go.  My only problem with The Descendants being the first choice here is that two prominent NYFCC members panned it.  But they could be voted down too.  You just never know.  I decided to go with Guy Lodge’s choice for this, Tree of Life for Picture and Martin Scorsese, director for Hugo.  But it must go without saying that this is a shot in the dark, a total spitball…

These are predictions I don’t feel all that confident about – I went with Glenn Close for Actress because, what the hell, right?  And for Supporting Actor I went with Albert Brooks as maybe the only hat tip to Drive. I do think Christopher Plummer is the one in line for the Oscar presently.  He’s way overdue and this seems like a very good chance to reward him.

BEST PICTURE
“The Artist” – Douglas, Rosen
“The Descendants” – Karger, Lewin, Musto, O’Neil, Thompson, Walton, Wloszczyna
“Tree of Life” – Lodge, Stone

BEST DIRECTOR
Martin Scorsese, “Hugo” – Stone
Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist” – Douglas, Musto,
Terrence Malick, “Tree of Life” – Lodge
Alexander Payne, “The Descendants” – Karger, Lewin, O’Neil, Rosen, Thompson, Walton, Wloszczyna

BEST ACTOR
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist” – Lodge, Stone, Thompson, Walton, Wloszczyna
Michael Fassbender, “Shame” – O’Neil, Rosen
George Clooney, “The Descendants” – Clooney, Douglas, Lewin, Musto
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball” – Karger

BEST ACTRESS
Glen Close, “Albert Nobbs” — Stone
Kirsten Dunst, “Melancholia” – Musto, Thompson
Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha Marcy May Marlene” – Douglas, Lodge
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady” – O’Neil, Rosen, Walton, Wloszczyna
Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk About Kevin” – Karger, Lewin

Check out the rest of predictions over at Gold Derby. Over the weekend we’ll be posting our preview that looks back at the history of the NYFCC and what many of its members have favored so far this year.

 

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